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Real world experience for GTI students

Since the partnership between NC State and SKEMA Business School started in January 2011, the GTI has been working to connect students to the Triangle business community through guest lectures, site visits, and more. Recently, three of the students in SKEMA’s International Business master’s degree program had the chance to present about international technology and purchasing trends to Citrix’s marketing team in Raleigh and overseas.

The SKEMA students: Kevin Gama, Sabine Plass, and Edgar Rabaud were chosen to participate in the presentation to the Citrix team because of their prior work experiences and their high level of engagement in the GTI’s cross-cultural course and activities. GTI staff have previously worked with Citrix’s marketing team to provide insights into cultural considerations when taking their products overseas.

Exploring local business – SKEMA Site Visits

In only a 6-week period, GTI Staff organized 15 Site Visits to local businesses, campus enterprises and community sites for students studying at SKEMA Raleigh. The semester-long Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Compentency courses aims to orient SKEMA students to NC State campus, build professional skills associated with studying abroad, and explore North Carolina industry. In addition to joining in hybrid class sessions with NC State students, SKEMA students sign up for one or more of these company site visits.

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During Spring 2017 GTI Site Visit destinations included BB&T, Rho, Lucette Grace, Raleigh Denim and Howling Cow Ice Cream. The 15 destinations represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the Triangle and highlight business skills such as marketing, sales, and strategy across a variety of industries.

In their Site Visit Reflection assignment, SKEMA students highlight some of the cultural differences when working in Raleigh compared to their home country. SKEMA Programs Coordinator Melissa Edwards Smith strives to make the SKEMA Raleigh campus as marketable an experience as possible to the hundreds of students studying with us each semester. Her Cover Letter workshops challenge students to dive deeper into the meaning behind cultural differences so that students are prepared to talk about this international experience in a way which employers can see value.

CENet Bracket Challenge

Unfortunately NC State Men’s Basketball team didn’t make it to the NCAA Championship Series, but “March Madness” presses on!

March Madness (1)

March 13 CENet Member Meeting gave a crash course in making a bracket.

Stay engaged in the next 3 weeks of college basketball by filling out a bracket and picking the champion! Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 CENet competitors!

Campus Chefs Welcome Cultural Exchange

There was a beautiful sunset and view of downtown Raleigh on Wednesday night from The Terrace Restaurant at Lonnie Poole. Twenty SKEMA and NC State students joined NC State chefs from campus dining halls and restaurants for a cooking demonstration of US southern cuisine including collard greens, grits, hush puppies, pimento cheese, fish and chicken gumbo. Students had the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes and learn how to prepare some of these southern comfort foods. In addition to learning about American cuisine, the chefs educated the group about the influence of French Culinary Science on the trade around the world.

Sign up for more Cultural Exchange Opportunities:

Speed Friend-ed

Since our Cultural Karaoke event was postponed due to inclement weather (stay tuned for a new date!), CENet’s first social activity of the semester was Speed Friending. On Tuesday night, more than 30 NC State and SKEMA students came together to meet some new faces on campus.

Upon arrival, students created a personal identity map to help start conversations with other attendees. After 90 minutes of 4-minute introductions, new friends shared pizza and contact information.

Interested to join CENet to watch the Men’s basketball game at Duke on Monday night? Register to join our watch party at Sammy’s Tap & Grill:

Home Sweet Homestay – Thanksgiving 2016

This holiday season, the Global Training Initiative is thankful for our 19 local families and 40 visiting students who applied for and participated in the GTI Thanksgiving Homestay Program. Thanks to everyone who participated in this cultural exchange!

Sign up to be a host for other holiday and homestay opportunities:

“We had a great time with the students this weekend! Thanks for letting us be a part and we look forward to doing it again in the future!” – Thanksgiving Homestay Host

Global Student Successes

GTI student leaders really shined this past week at NC State’s annual global storytelling competition and the North Carolina Association of International Educators’ annual student global leadership conference.

Four students who have been involved in GTI programs were selected to be among the 8 finalists who shared their personal tales at the 2016 Think & Do in 2 Global Storytelling Competition. Two students, Paola Centola and Bhavika Mittal, are at NC State as part of SKEMA Business School’s US study program. Ahmed Mashal was a graduate of GTI’s Global Leadership Institute (along with Mittal). And, freshman Sarah McConnell is an active member of the Cultural Exchange Network, although McConnell wasn’t able to present Wednesday night due to an illness.

The finalists shared their cultural perspectives and personal travel stories in 2 minutes with 6 photos. And, the live audience voted on their favorite presentations.

Kiyana Harris took home the grand prize of a $150 Amazon Gift Card for her poem entitled “Bronx to Belize.” Prizes for First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up were awarded to Mashal and Mittal, respectively.

More information about the 2016 Think & Do in 2 Competition as well as photos from the event can be found on the NC State International Affairs Website:

ncaie-presentationGTI Leadership Council members Zana Johnson and Angela Yarn were also selected to lead a workshop at the NCAIE Student Global Leadership Conference. Their topic was “Navigating Cultural Conversations: A Critical Leadership Skill.” Several other NC State students who are part of the Cultural Exchange Network also attended the weekend conference that was hosted at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.


We’re very proud of all the great things our students are doing. Go Wolfpack!