GAP launch gives students robust global opportunities

Published: 2014-05-08

Having served in the Marine Corps prior to graduate school, Dan Reeder has worked abroad. Now the first-year MBA student is getting the opportunity to gain a business-focused global learning experience as part of Fisher’s Global Applied Projects (GAP) program.

Dan Reeder and GAP Western Digital team

Reeder is one of 67 graduate students who recently traveled abroad for three weeks of project-based learning and consultation. GAP students put their skills to work on a variety of real-world projects, including market analysis, logistics management and supply chain management. Prior to their departure, students participated in seven weeks of on-campus instruction led by faculty coaches.

“This is a great opportunity to get valuable real-life experience,” said Reeder, who, along with his team, will work at Western Digital in Kuala Lumpur. “If you look at globalization over the last couple of decades, it’s something you have to be aware of and take part in if you want to be successful in business. Global experience is a basic part of the job now, and this program really elevates that belief.”

Partners and locations for 2014 GAP projects include:

  • DHL/Exel Logistics (Koblenz, Germany)
  • Interxion (London)
  • MES (Mumbai)
  • Momentive (Shanghai)
  • Ohio State One Health Partnership (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Philips Healthcare (Shanghai)
  • Rise General Trading (Dubai)
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro (Lyon, France)
  • Volcano Corporation (Brussels)
  • Western Digital (Chongqing, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore)

Between GAP, Innovation Israel, and student exchange offerings, participation among graduate-level students in programs offered through Fisher’s Office of Global Business (OGB) has more than doubled since the last academic year. Across the college, including undergraduate students, participation in OGB offerings has increased more than 30 percent.

To learn more about the GAP students’ experiences throughout their three weeks of international project work, visit the Fisher Global Experiences blog.

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