February 01, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
More than 60 international scholars completed a three-week
business course at Mount Saint Mary College on January
More than 60 students from across the globe completed a
three-week business course at Mount Saint Mary College on Thursday,
Through the International Business School – São Paulo and the
Mount’s Office of International Programs, the college’s School of
Business hosted the scholars, who learned standard U.S. business
practices. Hailing from a dozen different countries, including
Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Hungary, and Colombia, the scholars
began taking marketing, English, and business courses at the Mount
on January 9, after arriving to the campus on January 7.
In addition to regular classes, the international students
enjoyed panel discussions lead by local entrepreneurs and visited
leading area businesses, including the IBM Thomas J. Watson
Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The IBM trip was
facilitated by Charles Frank, chair of the Mount Saint Mary College
Board of Directors. “Every one of you has the potential to be a
great leader,” said Frank to the international students.
On the weekends, the scholars soaked up American culture by
visiting landmarks in New York City and beyond. Many students from
warmer climates also experienced snow for the first time while
studying at the Mount.
The graduation ceremony was streamed online, allowing friends
and family of the international scholars to view the event
Orange County Executive and Mount grad Steven Neuhaus ’96, a
guest speaker at the graduation, encouraged the students to “never
quit” on their careers.
“Strive to get the job you want, because at the end of the day,
to be happy is the most important thing for you, your friends, and
your family,” Neuhaus said. “The best way to learn is to overcome
Orange County Executive and Mount grad Steven Neuhaus ’96
encouraged the international students to “never quit” in their
pursuit to strengthen their careers.
According to Ashley Knox, director of international programs at
the Mount, the courses helped prepare the international students to
be employed in the global market.
“It’s been such a marvelous three weeks with you all,” said
Knox. “I’m very impressed with your drive to learn, your career
goals, and your proficiency in the English language. …You have what
it takes to be amazing business people. It’s been an inspiring
experience for all of us.”
Aldo Brunhara of Brazil, institutional relations director for
International Business School, was proud of the scholars’
“They are outstanding students,” he said. “They learned a lot
about how to do business in America, globalization, project
management, finance, and strategic thinking.”