Students from Germany, Spain, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Thailand and the United States of America took part in an organizational behavior course in Austria.
As educational institutions restart their international exchanges after the closures due to COVID-19, Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business and MCI | The Entrepreneurship School® leveraged its collaboration agreement to establish an innovative way to engage students in study abroad. At the end of May, the two institutions formed a mixed organizational behavior class. In this class, 10 students from Seton Hall, led by Seton Hall Professor and Dean Emerita Karen Boroff, Ph.D., joined a group of 12 students from MCI.
“The class included students from Germany, Spain, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Thailand and the USA. The discussion on topics such as leadership, motivation, work values and more was incredibly enriched by the cultures and experiences of students from around the world,” said Boroff. “While textbooks regularly address the global implications of concepts, our students were able to immediately apply these concepts from the rich dialogue they had with each other.”
Ondrej Pesek, coordinator of international short programs at MCI, said: “It was a pleasure to support such a project. It emphasizes our strategy of current business issues and cross-cultural aspects.”
Susanne Lichtmannegger, Head of International Relations at MCI, led the orientation for all students and provided them with an insight into MCI and Austrian culture. “It has been so exciting to relaunch in-person orientation, and we welcome our Seton Hall colleagues to this new approach to relationship exchange. The model was a first for us and has not been replicated elsewhere.” She noted that MCI has recently earned top global rankings and accolades for its international orientation due to its academic experience with U-Multirank. “Under the auspices of the European Commission, U-Multirank uses a multidimensional approach to the evaluation of international universities,” explained Lichtmannegger. “Our newest blended class structure is just one more way that MCI continues to be at the forefront of offering a world-class international educational experience.”
The whole experience was put together so that the students attended classes for five days, from 9 am to 5 pm, from May 30 to June 3. They were alone during evening breaks and lunch breaks. Seton Hall students appreciated being able to make their own travel arrangements to Innsbruck and find lodging that best suited their needs. All students were able to socialize outside of class, learning from each other, sharing experiences and career aspirations.
Robert Callahan, a rising Seton Hall student majoring in sports management and marketing, commented, “MCI Innsbruck was the perfect location to study. The city was incredibly easy to navigate and the cultural and natural surroundings were wonderful.” Student Danielle Sikowitz, who is pursuing an MBA in international business, initially wondered if not knowing German would be a barrier, but soon learned that the city and fellow MCI students are bilingual. “In two days, I found my favorite cafe and quickly felt at home,” she said.
On top of everything else, Seton Hall rising senior and finance major Miguel Mendez Perulles found the timing of the course to be perfect. “I was able to immerse myself in an international experience, visit nearby cities like Munich, and still have the summer months to intern at home.” Together with his classmates, rising junior Ehsan Mirzai, who is studying mathematics and finance, easily traveled to Italy with his classmates for a boat ride in the Dolomites. “Of course it was wonderful to see the Alps right outside my classroom window,” he said.
MCI exchange student Guntinun Bonkrathok, who joined the program from Thailand, enjoyed the course and praised lecturer Dr. Boroff. “She structured the class well and always encouraged discussions. She was a great support to her students and always available.”
Seton Hall University and MCI look forward to continuing the exchange in this format. Boroff and Lichtmannegger agreed. “This is an outstanding way to offer international learning experiences to all of our students.”
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