KENT, Ohio – July 22, 2016 – PRLog — Nine students from Kent State’s College of Business Administration recently met the President of Iceland, His Excellency Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, during their week-long study abroad trip to Europe. The group also met U.S. Ambassador Robert C. Barber on May 30 as part of their International Experience in Entrepreneurship course.
“They both spent time with our students and provided some excellent words of wisdom, advice and networking opportunities,” said Craig Zamary, instructor of marketing and entrepreneurship, who led the trip. “The Startup Iceland Event and course was a great success and a positive experience for the students.”
This course examines the recent history of the bank collapse, the 2008 financial crisis in Iceland and the present day growth and recovery. Iceland has been rated #13 by Forbes as Best Countries for Business in 2015. The course includes a required trip to visit Iceland & participation at The Startup Iceland 2016 Event.
Students completing the course develop an awareness of the role that Iceland plays in the world economy and the special challenges it faces in coordinating monetary, fiscal and social policy. Upon completion of the course, students are able to compare Iceland’s Startup activity as they look to launch new startups within the United States and are able to analyze current social and demographic trends and their effects on key economic variables. In addition, students develop written and oral communication skills as they participate in Startup Iceland 2016 and network with attendees, local and international entrepreneurs.
Throughout the day and evening trips, students networked with business owners and startup founders. This networking opportunity paid off in a big way for student attendee RoxSana Ballard, a senior entrepreneurship major. While in Iceland, Ballard met an investor who committed to supporting her nonprofit organization, Triple Threat Kingdom Sorority. The organization provides life skill workshops to underprivileged inner city females from the ages of 8-28.
Ballard started the organization several years ago and added new program this year called “Clean House Dining.” The program will be led by highly skilled professionals and will teach young women how to shop, prepare and cook nutritious meals. After discussing her program, Ballard was asked to write a proposal to launch the program and present it to the investor.
“The International Study Abroad trip to Iceland was an extraordinary experience,” Ballard said. “This opportunity has opened up many doors and has allowed me to expand our reach in empowering more lives. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and to the people who helped me get there. I highly recommend the international study abroad program because it changes lives for the better.”
Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and one of the largest colleges of business in Ohio. The College has more than 4,300 students representing 50 countries with over 106 full-time faculty from 16 countries.
The college grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is one of only three public business colleges in Ohio with a comprehensive Ph.D. program. The MBA program is offered with nine concentrations and five dual degree options. The Executive MBA program offer two tracks: one targeting corporate professionals and the other healthcare executives. The M.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Business Analytics and M.A. in Economics are specialized master’s degrees for those seeking advanced study in these disciplines. The college boasts nine undergraduate majors, 12 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program.
The college is listed as a Best Business School by Princeton Review, ranked as a Best Business College by U.S. News and World Report, one of only 23 accounting programs worldwide to be endorsed by the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) , ranked Top-Tier for Executive Education in North America by CEO Magazine and ranked fourth by the SEF (Sales Education Foundation) in Ohio for providing Professional Sales Education.
The college boasts an onsite Career Services Office and International Programs Office dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.
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