Professors, Students to Spend Summer Learning Abroad

This summer, six Valencia faculty members will elevate student learning to new heights as they travel to different parts of the world, preparing students to live, work and collaborate effectively in a global community. Valencia’s Study Abroad and Global Experiences (SAGE) office worked with each professor as they developed trip course work that will provide an in-depth, hands-on examination of the subject matter, while creating an opportunity to immerse students into another culture.

For example, this Friday, May 11, Business Professor Lee McCain will depart to Roskilde, Denmark to teach his accompanying students about global perspectives on event management. With the trip to Denmark only a few days away, Lee shared that the group of students he is leading are anxiously anticipating their departure.

“[They] are beyond excited to visit Denmark and Sweden and get to know how three different cultures tackle event planning and management,” Lee said. “Most of our students have never been to Europe, so for those students, they are really delighted!”

The goal for their trip to Denmark, Lee explained, is to introduce students to the “Experience Economy” perspective on event planning and management. This perspective, Lee said, “advocates the design of memorable events as a customer experience to enhance value and ensure that customers ‘repeat’ this pleasurable experience.”

To achieve this goal, students will take part in classroom interactions with a host of Danish, Singaporean, and American faculty and participate in presentations by noted event planners such as the general manager of the Roskilde Festival – Europe’s largest rock concert event. Classroom instruction will be the prelude to the students forming their own event planning team, which will be responsible for planning, managing, and executing their own event in the famed downtown of Copenhagen.

The takeaway Lee hopes his students embrace from their time abroad is an understanding of different cultures that they have never been exposed to, as well as the friendships with their fellow Danish and Singaporean students.

Other study abroad experiences this summer include a trip to Shanghai and Beijing, China to study immersion in global business, beginning on May 22 and led by Deymond Hoyte, computer engineering technology professor. In June, Richard Gair, reading professor, and Paul Chapman, humanities professor, will take a group of students to Warsaw and Krakow, Poland and then on to Prague, Czech Republic for an in-depth look at the Holocaust. Finally, Christie Pickeral, English as a second language professor, and Suzette Dohany, speech professor, will depart for the Dominican Republic for a service learning project.

We wish our faculty and students going abroad this summer safe travels. To find out more about Valencia’s SAGE office, click here. For more informaiton about the 2012-2013 short-term, faculty-led programs, click here. To view images from previous study abroad trips to places such as Guyana, Holland, India and Brazil, click here.

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