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Going Global: Undergraduates Experience International Business First Hand

August 07, 2009
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Students at factory

Students visited the cheese section of the Ferrarini
factory in Reggio Emilia.

Eleven of the School’s undergraduates spent part of their summer getting an up-close view of European business practices. The students traveled to Milan – considered one of Italy’s most productive and innovative cities - for three weeks in June.

 “The idea behind our program was to give students the opportunity to learn about operations management from an international perspective, and to give them experiences they could not get from a classroom,” said Karen Donno, senior advisor of Undergraduate Business Programs.

The study abroad program, directed by Luca Donno, adjunct professor of management science, included three hours of class time each day along with three one-day field trips to some of Italy’s most prominent companies to observe and experience business operations and management first hand.
“The Milan trip was an absolutely incredible experience,” said Samantha Monteleone, a senior marketing major. “My time there gave me a totally new perspective on both life and business.”

Students in Milan

The entire group of students and School of Business
program leaders in Milan.

The students visited a Ferrarini S.p.A factory in Reggio Emilia. The company is one of the world’s leading ham, parmigiano reggiano, and balsamic vinegar producers and exporters. The experience enabled students to gain an understanding of cheese and vinegar production and the business operations behind it. Students also visited Ferrari S.p.A automobile test-track and museum in Maranello, where they learned about the history and production of the company’s world renowned cars.

At another stop in Alba, students visited the massive Ferrero factory, which runs production twenty-four hours a day.   Ferrero is the fourth largest confectionary group in the world, producing chocolates, cookies, and other food products including the world-famous Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Students toured the facilities and were briefed by company executives about upcoming product releases as well as the company’s production and marketing plan.

Students at Ferrero factory

Students were briefed by company executives at

In addition to Monteleone, the group included students Feres Omar Alblehed, Fahad Alotaibi, Danielle C. Bidegain, Selim Caglayan, Eric J. Contente, Zachary Gilan Faintuch, MacKenzie E. Germain, Ahmet Metin Gokhan, Eric Jeffrey Knittel, Katelyn M. Leidy.

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