Activities

Activities

Western Michigan University's Global Business Center organizes the broad range of initiatives and activities described below, which are designed to enhance Haworth College of Business's global engagement – a key pillar of the mission of Western Michigan University.  

Faculty experts guide

The Global Business Center facilitates the organization of a database for finding international experts in the Haworth College of Business to help external groups identify faculty with:

  • Geographical and country expertise.
  • Functional expertise.
  • Topical expertise.
  • International research interests.

Student exchanges

The Global Business Center facilitates WMU students abroad and reciprocal arrangements by:

  • Working with WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.
  • Reviewing and assessing potential student exchanges that are appropriate for business students.

Study abroad programs

WMU's Global Business Center contributes to semester-long study abroad programs by:

  • Reviewing information provided by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education on foreign accredited universities.
  • Identifying course equivalences with faculty assistance.

The center contributes to Haworth College of Business’s short-term program offerings by:

  • Prioritizing and scheduling short-term study abroad programs.
  • Disseminating experiences.
  • Reviewing potential short-term study abroad possibilities.
  • Organizing and offering Study abroad programs for foreign universities here at WMU (Study “In-broad”).

Overseas MBA programs

The Global Business Center:

  • Helps to identify and assesses potential international MBA programs.
  • Reviews ongoing MBA programs when offered.

Twinning programs

The Global Business Center:

  • Helps to identify and assess programs with Haworth College of Business undergraduate and graduate program directors as well as the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.
  • Helps to review information provided by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education on foreign accredited universities.

Faculty exchanges

The Global Business Center:

  • Hosts overseas faculty at the Haworth College of Business.
  • Identifies faculty opportunities for teaching and research overseas.

External grant-seeking initiatives

The Global Business Center:

  • Identifies available international grants with research and sponsored programs.
  • Assists faculty in seeking grants from such organizations as the U.S. Department of Education.

Global lecture series

The Global Business Center:

  • Identifies potential business, government and academic speakers.
  • Schedules during semesters.

Workshops and conferences at WMU

The Global Business Center helps organize and offer

  • Professional Development Workshops and Conferences specifically for targeted groups of international students. 
  •  Suggestions to obtain business, grant and organizational support for workshops and conferences.

Recruiting and retention of international students

The Global Business Center assists in:

  • Helping to identify alumni ambassadors in various countries.
  • Helping to promote college programs through student word of mouth.
  • Gathering and disseminating international alumni news.
  • Providing guidance to the Global Business Students Association.

Internationalization Workshops

The Global Business Center offers workshops on infusing international components into business courses and offers assistance in:

  • Identifying and scheduling internal and external speakers.
  • Facilitating faculty participation in workshops to internationalize courses.

Faculty brown-bag sessions

The Global Business Center:

  • Disseminates faculty international research in collaboration with the college's faculty enhancement committee.
  • Shares teaching tips on topics of international interest.

Collaborative programs

The Global Business Center:

  • Works with the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and WMU’s international education council to develop initiatives.
  • Promotes cross-disciplinary research within the college and University.
  • Promotes research collaboration with faculty at international universities.

Curriculum review

The Global Business Center assists Haworth College of Business's international business education committee in:

  • Reviewing international business course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Reviewing the requirements of the international business minor.

Community outreach

The Global Business Center:

  • Publicizes the college's internationalization activities and invites participation and attendance at events such as conferences and lecture series.
  • Works with the community to further internationalization activities that would be in the interests of the University constituencies.