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Case study project in Scotland to highlight international business education

A dozen Davis College of Business international business students will explore differences between Scottish and U.S. business cultures in a case study project in May that will partner them with local business in the U.K. country.

The trip is part of a joint effort with two other Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business schools, Stetson University and Utah Valley University, that is being completed in conjunction with articulation agreements with the University of Highlands and Islands and the cooperating schools.

“The case study project will provide students with a unique opportunity to work with businesses from another culture in order to experience international business firsthand,” said Dr. Don Capener, Dean of the Davis College of Business. “Opportunities like these are rare but effective tools to provide substance to a student’s business education.”

Participants will take business and educational core requirements and work with local businesses in Inverness solving real business problems. Students will be working closely with the business personnel to understand their industry and provide recommendations on how to position or re-position their business for their desired outcomes.

In addition to coursework, students will be experiencing guest speakers from the local business community, government and chamber of commerce. Information will be provided about current issues such as the Scottish independence referendum and United Kingdom-European Union referendum. Students will discuss these issues along with other cultural integration with local students from UHI.

“I am very excited to get a ‘boots on the ground’ experience with a business in a foreign market that will expose me to international business at a perspective-changing level,” said senior Zacchari Gale, Aviation Management & Flight Operations major. “I feel this will be a more enriching experience than I could have in a classroom setting in the U.S.”

Additionally, students will visit the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the capital Edinburgh to complete their educational and cultural journey.