International Research Course

Attending a lecture at the Fundación Ortega-Marañon Attending a lecture at the Fundación

The College of Business Administration – Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program offered the opportunity to students to study issues related to finance through an International Research Course (IRC). The course was taught by Dr. Oscar Varela, Ph.D., and a group of ten students enrolled in the course and traveled to Madrid, Spain in January of 2012. During the time the students were in Spain, they met with various individuals involved in the financial markets and services, government institutions and other businesses. The MBA program staff worked with a partner educational institution, Fundación Ortega-Marañón to put together many of the corporate visits.

Beatriz Lucero, Program Outreach Manager for the MBA program said, “Our MBA students were able to hear first-hand accounts on how the country and its people are responding to the economic pressures, the visit was timely due to the economic crisis currently facing Spain.”

MBA students at the Spanish Stock Exchange MBA students at the Spanish Stock Exchange

There were several highlights during the trip as the students visited two major corporations, Telefonica and Banco Santander which both had impressive corporate campuses. A memorable event was a cultural outing where the students and staff got to see a live flamenco show at a place called Casa Patas. The group was taken aback by all the talent displayed by the dancers, what was most inspiring was that it was something you often see on television but to witness it first hand was incredible.

The next IRC (International Research Course) is with a group of students from the Executive MBA group and it will be in Hong Kong.

Visiting Banco Santander Visiting Banco Santander