KSU MBA students return from Romania‚ Austria

A group of 57 students in the MBA for Experienced Professionals program at Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Feb 27, 2003) — KSU MBA students return from Romania‚ Austria



A group of 57 students in the MBA for Experienced Professionals program at Kennesaw State University recently returned from a week in Romania and Austria.

"Romania is being considered for inclusion in the European Union in 2007‚ and it was fascinating to see the steps the nation is taking to reach that goal‚" said Rodney Alsup‚ Senior Associate Dean of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. "It was a great opportunity for our students to get a firsthand look at what the business climate is like in an economy that is in transition‚" he added.

The itinerary included:

Presentations by faculty from the Romanian−American Executive MBA Program in Bucharest and consultants from PricewaterhouseCoopers‚ as well as representatives from The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and Chamber of Commerce.

Visits to Romanian Public Radio‚ Erste Bank of Austria‚ Microsoft Corporation‚ and PricewaterhouseCoopers of Austria.

Team−building activities with students from the Romanian−American Executive MBA Program.

In addition to learning about the international business climate and culture‚ the students‚ who work full−time‚ got the opportunity to meet counterparts from the Romanian−American Executive MBA Program.

The Romanian students hosted the KSU students at their own companies over a two−day period. The Romanian and American students started working in virtual teams prior to the trip and will continue working over the Internet on a two−month project. This was their first opportunity to meet face−to−face. They will meet in person again when the Romanian students visit Atlanta in May.

"This has been one of the most significant learning experiences of my life −− meeting and working with managers from another country‚ seeing how motivated they are‚ and how far they have come since the 1989 revolution‚" said Cindy Boszilkov‚ one of KSU's EMBA students.

"I am amazed at how much we take for granted in the U.S.‚" commented Phillip Hibbert‚ another KSU EMBA student. "Getting to meet the virtual workgroup face−to−face was exciting‚ and it allowed us to set the stage for our work for the next two months. This is the way it is in business −− work being done electronically by geographically dispersed groups of employees‚" he added. "Our program is replicating and providing us an experience that is real world. What more could you ask for from an MBA program?"

The class arrived in Bucharest Jan. 24 and returned to Atlanta Feb. 1.


The MBA for Experienced Professionals program is the largest executive−format MBA program in the Southeast. It celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In addition to global travel‚ associates in the program meet once a month for weekend class sessions at KSU's state of the art Executive Development Center.

For information about the program‚ contact Daniel L. Pickholtz‚ Manager of Recruiting for Graduate Programs at (770) 420−4465 or Dan_Pickholtz@coles2.kennesaw.edu.

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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