July 12, 2013

Jeanette Grider

International Business Hits Home with High Schoolers

Twenty students representing high schools in St. Louis and even Florida participated in the 2013 International Business Summer Academy at the end of June.

The first of its kind in the area, the program launched Wednesday evening, June 26, with a welcome dinner and ice-breaking activities, followed on Thursday with internationally-focused workshops with faculty, a game of global "Jeopardy" and a company tour.

Friday's schedule included a global negotiation simulation, as well as an "Amazing Race" that took the participants from one end of campus to the other through clues received after completing global challenges. The Academy concluded Friday evening with a presentation and awards ceremony with parents followed by an international dinner.

Workshops took place at the John Cook School of Business giving participants a glimpse of life as a university student. In addition, the students experienced college life by spending two nights in the dorms and dining at on-campus eateries.

Seung Kim, Ph.D., director of the Boeing Institute, said he was extremely pleased with this first effort to develop an increased interest in international business among high school students.

"The participants were extremely bright and already sensitized to some of the impacts cultural differences can have on business relationships," Kim said. "I was quite impressed."

The International Business Summer Academy was one of the many and diverse events being held on the SLU campus this summer.

Learn more about the Boeing Institute for International Business.
Learn more about Summer at SLU.

The Billiken joined area high school students (and one from Florida) at the 2013 International Business Summer Academy. Submitted photo
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