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.
Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) President Hannah Taylor spent all 4 years of her time at NC State with the organization. She is graduating this May with dual degrees in French and International Studies, concentrating on Global Sustainability and Development. She also completed and received the Global Perspectives Certificate.
“I learned so much about culture and cultural interactions during my four years of CENet,” Taylor said. “I improved my cross-cultural competency, my organizational and leadership skills, as well as communication and public speaking. Working with CENet encouraged me to reflect on my own background, culture, and understanding of my own identity and cultural experiences.”
Read more about her global learning and experiences in her final certificate portfolio.
Congratulations Hannah and thanks for all of your hard work and contributions over the years! We’re looking forward to seeing the great things you’ll do in the future!
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.
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.
Could you hear the banging of drums in the background while walking around campus this week? The Nile Project artists have been in residence at NC State March 15 through 21 to offer a number of performances, discussions and cultural events. Much more than just a band, The Nile Project is a unique cross-cultural collaboration that brings artists from 11 countries together to create a unified new sound and to ignite social justice.
The artists represent the 12 Nile River Basin countries, and their collaboration represents the international sharing of resources–in this case, the Nile River.
In addition to NileFEST,a free outdoor festival that took place in Stafford Commons on main campus Tuesday afternoon, the artists have participated in events organized by the Water Resources Research Intitute of the UNC Stystem (WRRI), the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State Institute for Nonprofits, NC State Global and Arts Villages, NC State International Affairs, the African American Cultural Center and the Price Music Center to bring awareness to cultural, political and environmental issues.
The Global Training Initiative, in collaboration with the Office of International Services and the US Center for Refugees and Immigrants hosted an event focused on the emigration of Eritreans around the world. Our event showcased Chris Cotter’s documentary Refugee: Eritrean Exodus and journalist Dan Connell, who has spent much of the past couple decades studying the area and tracking the migration of Eritrean refugees. The Nile Project, which features several musicians from Eritrea, also shared a live performance with our audience.
Perhaps one of the most relaxed events of the week was the Music and Dance Workshop for NC State Students hosted by NC State Global and Arts Villages. Students formed a circle with the musicians and learned to play the actual drums used in The Nile Project performances.
On Saturday, the musicians hosted a day-long retreat focused on developing leadership skills and addressing NC’s environmental challenges.
NC State LIVE brings international artists to campus each semester. Watch their calendar for future cultural highlights from around the world!
Unfortunately NC State Men’s Basketball team didn’t make it to the NCAA Championship Series, but “March Madness” presses on!
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!