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Today TCU. Tomorrow the World.

“We teach our students to be informed, open-minded, responsible individuals who understand how their actions affect both local and global communities,” O. Homer Erekson, the John V. Roach Dean of TCU’s Neeley School of Business, said.  

June 30,  2015

By Elaine Cole

[Excerpt from Neeley magazine Spring/Summer 2015] - In the classroom and around the world, TCU’s Neeley School of Business makes sure that students know the business and cultural processes of multiple countries around the globe.

“At Neeley, we lay a foundation for developing a global mindset through formal instruction, faculty members who participate in global research, and experiences such as Study Abroad trips and semester abroad studies,” Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs Ray Pfeiffer said. The Neeley School also has an undergraduate international emphasis program that complements any major.

As a result, the Neeley School was accepted into the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education in 2015, based on a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate international business education. 

Undergraduate students can choose from management in China, marketing in Peru, supply chain in China, and finance, marketing and management in Spain, Germany and France. Students also can participate in month-long summer study at the London Executive Business School covering supply chain and global business.

BNSF Next Generation Leadership students spend 15 days in London and Scotland in an intensive leadership program. Neeley Fellows travel to Chile to learn about companies, markets and sustainable business models. 

At the graduate level, TCU MBAs can travel to Panama, Costa Rica, South Africa, China, Chile and Italy for immersive study each year. For summer 2015, three TCU MBA students are spending several weeks studying at the European Business School in Frankfurt.

Students in the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program traveled to Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore to explore the opportunities and challenges of sourcing from suppliers and delivering to customers in Asia. Energy MBA students traveled to France, Belgium and Scotland to learn about the energy businesses in the European Union. 

Master of Accounting students study international financial reporting and global markets in countries from Western Europe to Greece, Turkey and Morocco.

TCU Executive MBAs traveled to Argentina, Chile and Peru to study business in an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).

“Before the trip, I’d scan the headlines of The Wall Street Journal, read more detail about things happening in the U.S., but skip over news from around the world. The EMBA Study Abroad program challenged me to takeoff my blinders to get the full story beyond all the headlines,” Kim Speairs EMBA ’14, director of client services for the Balcom Agency, said.