June 13, 2011

The message for June 10 was delayed to today due to my travel schedule overseas this past week.

Northwood University’s mission is to develop the future leaders of the global, free-enterprise society and events such as Commencement at HIM this past Saturday and our other International Program Centers this summer and coming fall serve to remind us just how global Northwood truly is.

NU International Program Center Commencements

On Saturday June 11th, 102 Northwood University students graduated with their BBA and 19 with their MBA during Commencement ceremonies at the Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM) in Montreux Switzerland.

Most of our BBA graduates hail from HIM but many also come from our partner institutions, Swiss Hotel Management School in Caux and Leysin and the IHTTI School of Hotel Management in Neuchâtel, the capital of the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel.

All of our BBA graduates are international (non-U.S.) citizens representing 38 different nationalities and are native speakers of nearly as many languages, although their learning environment was entirely read, written and spoken in English. All told, our BBA graduates represent the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Senegal
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • The Netherlands
  • The People’s Republic of China
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

Similarly, the 19 students earning their MBA represent 15 different nationalities and are native speakers of 12 different languages and they too completed their degrees entirely in English. 17 in the MBA class are international (non-U.S.) citizens and 13 are also Northwood undergraduates. All told, our MBA graduates represent the following countries:

  • Canada 
  • Germany 
  • Great Britain 
  • Greece 
  • Hong Kong 
  • Indonesia 
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal 
  • Switzerland 
  • Thailand 
  • Uganda 
  • Ukraine 
  • Vietnam 
  • Zimbabwe

Forthcoming IPC Commencements, which I will look forward to sharing more with you in upcoming messages, include:

  • Sri Lanka in late July
  • The People’s Republic of China in September
  • Malaysia in late October

Northwood Study Abroad Programs

From June 12 through July 11 Mamiko Reeves will lead our award-winning YPO China Abroad program. As you may recall from an update earlier this year, Northwood is partnering with The Young Presidents Organization to provide student “immersion experiences” around the world. The program’s mission is to facilitate a deep and broad absorption of local daily life in a host country (or counties) and thereby greater understanding and cooperation among today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.

Student learning is centered upon an interdisciplinary course designed to provide an understanding of the host country’s history, current events and outlook in the subject areas of history and humanities, political science and economics. Course work is applied in, and reinforced by, team and small group exercises as well as cultural and business excursions.

This year’s participants represent Puerto Rico, Sweden, Poland, Taipei, Canada, the United States, Venezuela, the United Emirates, India, Macedonia, Indonesia, UK, Jordan, Kuwait, and the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean region at large).

Another study abroad immersion experience involving Northwood University students takes place June 19 through July 29. Led by Professor Robert Harris (TX), NU’s Semester in Asia program will take NU students to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Hawaii.

There Northwood students will earn management course credit as they engage markets in Southeast Asia. Activities include meetings with Asian and American entrepreneurs and business leaders, several lectures by major corporate executives on international business, and the opportunity for our student to discuss and review their own personal interests in international business. Participants will also visit businesses typically unavailable to most visitors, including multi-national and banking corporations as well as educational and religious institutions.

Have a great week!

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4203 (phone)
989.832.9590 (fax)