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Leading in a Global Market : Scholarships Support Undergraduate Travel to China and India

Eller Global Cohort students in China
Eller Global Cohort students pose in front of a tea shop in Nanjing, China.

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September 2010

By Liz Warren-Pederson

Gifts from University of Arizona alumni Terry Valeski (BS History ’68) and Jim Miles (BSBA Finance and Real Estate ’82) supported ten Eller undergraduates’ study abroad experiences this summer.

Valeski’s gift also helped support the Global Business Program’s efforts to boost awareness of the Global Cohort to incoming Eller students, and Miles’s gift will assist an additional group of students who are taking BNAD 451: Emerging Market Connections this semester. Those students will travel to India for a two-week trip over the winter break.

“Studying and living in China for ten weeks allowed all 72 of us to experience the Chinese culture in a different way,” said Miles scholarship recipient and finance major T.J. Drogaris. “Living and socializing among locals was not only a lot of fun, but provided a unique learning experience. Being an outsider in such a different world could be frustrating, and coupled with the stress of our first semester of professional business classes was tough, but in the end we grew and matured in a way that would not have been possible otherwise.”

“Taking classes in China really enhanced my business perspective,” said Miles scholar and accounting major Ali Hussain. “My family’s business deals a lot with Chinese businesses, and being in China and seeing those businesses first hand has improved my understanding of my family’s company.”

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