Take a look at what the inaugural M.S. in Global Commerce Class of 2017 has been up to the past 15 weeks at UVA. Term One just ended and the students have a few weeks off before they head to Lingnan (University) College in Guangzhou, China, for Term Two!
Professor William J. Kehoe is the William F. O’Dell Professor of Commerce at UVA and a co-professor for the M.S. in Global Commerce’s (MSGC) Global Business Thesis class. In an extensive career working at McIntire and in the Charlottesville community, he has received many accolades, most recently the Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award from the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award seeks to recognize a person who has made extraordinary contribution to the Charlottesville community, and we’re lucky to have him on board with our program. I sat down with him to learn his thoughts about career prospects for MSGC graduates.
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Between working on various end-of-the-semester deliverables, traveling to Washington D.C. to get our Chinese and Spanish visas, and trying to enjoy as much of the beautiful fall foliage as possible in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we have also been busy applying to jobs for after graduation- which, by the way, is already coming way too fast!
The Office of the Secretary of Commerce & Trade kindly hosted the M.S. in Global Commerce students in Richmond last week for a study trip for their “Doing Business in the U.S.” class with Professor Trey Maxham. The group had the opportunity to hear from several speakers throughout the day with talks focusing on “Doing Business in Virginia.” This study trip complemented the one we took to Washington D.C., which was more broadly focused on business in the United States.
When I was growing up, I always wanted to step out of my small town of Panzhihua, China, and see the world. Luckily, I learned about the M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) program, which enables me to study on three continents in one year and helps me achieve my childhood dream.
Professor Lynn Hamilton is an Associate Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce. She is the Academic Director of the M.S. in Global Commerce Program, and teaches the program’s “Cross Cultural Management and Communication” class with Professor Gary Ballinger. She was a critical part of the development of this program, so we were excited to sit down with her to hear her thoughts on it firsthand.
The M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) students are formed into various teams for different class projects throughout the year, but the most import project is arguably the writing of the Global Business Thesis. For this course, students are put into groups of mixed nationalities for the yearlong project of identifying, researching, and writing a thesis that centers on a topic of high significance in an area of global business. Working with fellow students from different countries gives students critical experience in managing a long-term project with others who have different work styles, preferences, and experiences.
To kick off his “Doing Business in the US” class, Professor Trey Maxham brought the M.S. in Global Commerce program to Washington D.C. last weekend to visit a number of governmental and cultural institutions that affect business in the United States. Over the course of three days, students were treated to tours and presentations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), SelectUSA, the U.S. Capitol Building, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, among others.
After a few weeks of classes, I am now absolutely sure that I made the right decision by applying to the M.S. in Global Commerce program. Not only will I get the chance to study at top business schools in the USA, China and Spain, but I’ve also realized how much I’ll learn from my classmates, since we represent such a variety of backgrounds.