The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration international business and study abroad program expanded throughout the year under the leadership of Dr. J.K. Osiri, associate professor of practice and the director of the international business program. A pair of study abroad programs in Uganda, and Spain and France provided participants new ways to apply what they learn in the classroom.
In spring 2016, CBA students partnered with the UNL College of Engineering in delivering and implementing a new piece of technology designed to speed production timelines for African entrepreneurs in Uganda. The engineering students built a machine which flattens used drinking straws mechanically, streamlining a process formerly done by hand. Workers at Kinawatake Women Initiatives (KWI) weave the flattened straws into bags, mats, jewelry and other retail items. The business students formulated a comprehensive business plan to further accelerate the business.
In July and August, 30 students raced across Spain and France in a program called the Husker Race of Spain and France. Based on the television show “The Amazing Race” student asked local people for assistance, made detours to purchase certain items in basic Spanish or French and captured the experiences on their smart phones.
The new programs complement the robust offerings at CBA, which include the Nebraska at Oxford program, the Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CIMBA) program in Italy, and the partnerships with Zhejianng University City College in China and Senshu University in Japan. In addition, trips to Panama, Chile and Italy are scheduled, with the faculty-led expedition to Panama taking place over winter break.
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