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With the goal to increase relationships in Brazil, leadership from the Fisher College of Business spent three days, August 1-3, in São Paulo, meeting with leading universities and industry partners and engaging with alumni, Ohio State friends and prospective students.

Dean Anil Makhija and Senior Associate Dean and Professor Peter Ward visited top public and private universities in São Paulo and in nearby São Bernardo do Campo (recognized as a manufacturing epicenter of Brazil) to build relationships and explore collaborations that will provide global opportunities for Fisher students and faculty.

During their trip, Makhija delivered the keynote address at the National Finance Forum, jointly organized by Visagio and The Ohio State University. Visagio is a global consulting firm with offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, London, Perth and Moscow. At the Finance Forum, Makhija’s presentation focused on the financial and operational opportunities and challenges of middle market firms in Brazil, the United States and globally.

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Leonardo Sprintzen is a 2017 graduate of the Fisher College of Business and is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Knowing that I wanted the tools to make the difference in the future, applying to Ohio State was a clear decision for me. Now that I have just graduated and am a proud Buckeye alumnus, I would like to recount my Ohio State experience! One powerful tool that Ohio State provided me with is a connection to the world through a diverse campus environment. Within the student body, you can find people from all over the world, which means that respect and tolerance are important pillars of this institution. Meeting new people and consequently discovering new cultures expands our ability to understand and work with others, giving us the ability to overcome and prevent any ethnic or racial divisions, ultimately helping us to fight ignorance.

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For three weeks in May, 10 MBA students from the Ohio State Fisher College of Business were in Brazil to work on projects with Brazilian companies as part of the Global Applied Projects (GAP) program.

GAP is an opportunity for MBA students to gain international experience by working on real world business challenges in global locations with Fisher corporate partners and project sponsors. a seven-week, client-sponsored global consulting experience with a 3-week, immersive, project experience at a global location.

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