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Business Around the World

BUSINESS STUDENTS TOUR IPFW PARTNER FORT WAYNE METALS FACILITY  IN CASTLEBAR, IRELAND DOERMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDENTS ABROAD IN IRELAND

NEVER A BETTER TIME
TO GET GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE—PERSONALLY

IPFW’s Doermer School of Business understands the importance of instilling in students an appreciation for the global economy through first-hand experiences. A premier course was launched in 2006—BUS D490 Special Studies in International Business—for which students must undergo a stringent selection process. Each year 10 to 15 students are selected to participate.

An exciting opportunity, this course allows students to travel overseas with a regional firm that operates in a foreign market. Students spend a semester learning about the cultural and business environment there, then during spring break they travel to the country, connect with business leaders, attend business lectures at universities, conduct market research, and enjoy cultural activities. The trips have been funded for the past 10 years thanks to the generosity of Franklin Electric and Bill Lawson, a prominent Fort Wayne businessman. Lawson understands the importance of creating future northeast Indiana business people who have an appreciation for global business based on personal experience. 

A WIDE RANGE OF COUNTRIES;
INVALUABLE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Students have traveled to Mexico, France, China, Morocco, and India—and last year 12 students went to Ireland. The class was working with Fort Wayne Metals, which has a plant in Castlebar, Ireland. They spent three days in Dublin learning about Irish culture and visiting Trinity College and IDA Ireland, an economic development group. Then they went to the Limerick/Shannon area to observe a business incubator run by the University of Limerick. Zimmer Biomet, a worldwide leader in the orthopedics industry, also hosted the students at their plant in Shannon. Finally, they spent a day in Castlebar at the Fort Wayne Metals plant before heading back to Dublin for their return flight.

This year the class took a slightly different path. Rather than working with one particular company, they spent the semester studying the exciting changes in the Cuban economy. After studying the history of the country and the current changes, they contemplated the country’s future economy and imagined the business opportunities that might become available, especially for companies in northeast Indiana. During their visit over spring break they observed the current state of the Cuban economy, met with several small business owners, and observed up-and-coming businesses first-hand.

OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
The Special Studies in International Business course has become a cornerstone for the Doermer School of Business. In fact, we hope to expand the international business experiences available to our students. Are you a regional business interested in partnering with us to advance the international development of our students—and of northeast Indiana? Contact the Doermer School of Business at 260-481-6472 to learn more.

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