Global Business Sustainability Focus of Summer Study Abroad Program to France and Germany


A message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses

Sustainability, clean energy and climate change were the focus of a recent study abroad program when Deymond Hoyte, East Campus professor of computer engineering technology, traveled to France and Germany with a group of 10 Valencia students.

The Immersion in Global Business (Sustainability) course (GEB 2955) was offered as a short-term study abroad program during the summer 2014 term. Participants traveled to Stuttgart, Germany, Strasbourg, France — the official seat of the European Parliament — and Paris, France from Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 16, 2014.

“I am a strong advocate for international education, and it is imperative that students travel and gain experiences if they are going to compete in the global marketplace of ideas,” said Deymond. “It is important that our students learn how to articulate a global vision that improves the quality of life for people around the world and commands respect for humanity.”

Students were immersed in the business technology of sustainability with an emphasis on alternative energy and the push to reduce the global carbon footprint in the heart of Europe.

The travelers were hosted by the European Union in Strasbourg, France; Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart, Germany; the International Energy Agency in Paris; and were guests of a French member of parliament.

Students also were given the opportunity to sit in the European Union Chamber and engage in dialogue with scientists from around the world on reducing the global carbon footprint.

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