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Sept. 25, 2002
OSWEGO -- Preparing SUNY Oswego students for the international economy is at the heart of a $139,350 U.S. Department of Education grant obtained by Paula Bobrowski, associate professor of marketing, and Paloma Jalife, assistant dean of the School of Business.
The federal Title VI-B grant will fund Project Globalization, which will create two minors in international business -- one for business majors, one for non-business majors.
The two-year grant project will see Oswego faculty gain enhanced knowledge of international business practices and trends, students receive a boost in their efforts to become business leaders in a global market, and Central New York businesses benefit by partnering with the program, Jalife said.
As part of Project Globalization, a training series for the Central New York business community on "How to Do Business with Mexico" will be offered in May and June 2004 in collaboration with the college's Center for Business and Community Programs.
In January, 10 Oswego faculty members, representing the School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, will travel to Mexico to attend a conference on international development at the Instituto Technologico de Monterrey, Jalife said.
The professors will spend the first five days in Mexico City, later moving to the Monterrey campus, where they will enhance their knowledge of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico's trading partners and the economic, political, financial and cultural environment.
Statistics show that Mexico is the second largest trading partner of the United States, meaning this market still holds tremendous trading potential, Jalife said. The initiation of NAFTA and a Congressional call to expand business with the Americas placed a new emphasis on funding international education, she added.
An important aspect of the initiative, Bobrowski explained, is that its lessons will be infused into both business and non-business classes. The college's economics, political science, modern languages and literatures, history and anthropology departments plan to use the information to enhance the cross-curricular nature of the minors. "This is the way a lot of international programs are going," she said.
The new minors in international business complement two recently added majors at SUNY Oswego -- language and international trade, and global and international studies.
"We can proudly say that Oswego students can get a cutting-edge education on this campus," Jalife said.
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