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Global Applied Projects Summit: Fisher MBA Students Consulting Abroad

Fisher’s Global Business Association (GBA) held its first Global Applied Projects (GAP) Summit on March 29 at Gerlach Hall. The GAP program is arguably the largest contingency of MBA students in the State of Ohio that engage internationally on consulting projects. In May 2019, 71 MBA students will travel to eight countries including all three Global Gateway locations. They will engage in projects involving biofuel proof-of-concept in Brazil, regional economic development in China and defense research in India, to name a few.

The summit kicked off with a keynote from Tim Sword, president, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, on the importance of understanding international economic development in the central Ohio region and was followed by six breakout sessions with invited panelists to help the teams learn more about the countries in which they would visit in May.

The Brazil and India Gateway directors participated as panelists, fielding a variety of questions from the student teams and sharing country specific insights including the work culture, peer to peer interactions at the workplace, local culture and traditions, must-do activities while visiting, as well as issues to be wary off, tips on sight-seeing and ways to enjoy the local cuisine!

These projects are unique experiences and will lead to life-long learning for Fisher’s participating MBA students. As they expand their horizons abroad during May, they eventually will return to Ohio, ready to share their rich experiences at the companies that engaged them as consultants with other students, staff, faculty and the community back home.