Saint Leo University recently hosted a group of Brazilian undergraduate business students for a two-week Global Management experience at University Campus. Saint Leo developed this program in partnership with the Fundacion Getulio Vargas (FGV), one of Brazil’s and Latin America’s preeminent institutions of higher education with campuses in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and with Strong Educational Business School, a growing regional institution of higher education based in the greater Sao Paulo area.
Saint Leo faculty members introduced and reviewed global management case studies with the five Brazilian guests, encouraging a lively exchange of ideas. Participating faculty members included Dr. Lorrie McGovern, associate dean of the Tapia Business School; Dr. Russell Clayton, assistant professor of management; Dr. Ioannis Pantzalis, associate professor of international business; Dr. Judy Holcomb, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism; Phil Hatlem, instructor of sport business; and John Lax, instructor of marketing.
Students also visited different company sites across the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas, including Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater, the Dade City business start-up incubator, Amalie Arena in Tampa, Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports corporate division, Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, and local offices of investment management company T. Rowe Price. The students gained in-depth knowledge of global marketing, entrepreneurship, hospitality management, sport management, and strategic management issues.
“This Global Management experience is the latest of Saint Leo’s deepening linkages with Brazilian higher education and demonstrates our commitment to internationalizing the university,” said Dr. David Felsen, executive director of International Programs at Saint Leo. He noted that Saint Leo already has a close relationship with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, for instance, and hosted during the recent Spring Semester at University Campus an exchange student from Pontifical Catholic University. “We look forward to continuing to develop our ties with FGV, with Strong Educational, and with other Brazilian and Latin American institutions of higher education in the future.”