This September, Cambrian College is helping students think big by preparing them for careers in businesses that operate globally.
Cambrian is introducing a new program, Global Business Management. It is a graduate certificate program for students who already have a college diploma, university degree, or an appropriate mix of post-secondary education and work experience.
“We know that many businesses are exploring opportunities well beyond their traditional local market and we want to prepare our graduates to work globally,” says Brian Lobban, dean of the School of Business.
“The Global Business Management program does just that. This program will encourage students to embrace the challenge of a global marketplace, and it provides them with the knowledge and skills to achieve their international business goals.”
Courses to be taught include Global Business Technology, Organization Behaviour, Business Ethics, New Venture Creation and Managing Across Cultures.
Classes are not just about imparting theory. They are tactical, designed to be hands-on, real-world, problem-solving learning experiences.
Most of Cambrian’s graduate certificate programs are two or three semesters in length. Global Business Management is a four-semester program, with the added semester providing a lot of advantages for students.
“The fourth semester will include a paid co-op – earn while you learn - with a company anywhere in Canada that engages in business globally,” explains Lobban.
“You also have the opportunity to study with a partner institution in another country for all or a portion of the semester. The learning is much more extensive than a traditional one-year graduate certificate program.
“Plus, the four semesters can be taken back-to-back, meaning the entire program can be completed in 16 months.”
There is also an advantage to international students. International students who complete a two-year graduate certificate program are eligible for a three-year work permit, compared to a one-year work permit upon completion of a one-year graduate certificate program.
The Global Business Management program prepares students to work with accounts, products, and people in international and domestic businesses.
The program emphasizes leadership, critical analysis, business communication and high-performance teamwork in order to effectively manage the human, physical and financial resources associated with international business.
“To succeed in the competitive world of post-secondary education we need to listen to what students want,” explains Dr. Paula Gouveia, Cambrian's Vice-President Academic.
“As an institution we don’t just follow trends, we need to anticipate them too. We are also very committed to finding out what students want and need and where they want to go, and we design our programming around that demand. It’s a lot of work, but it is also why Cambrian is the college of choice in northern Ontario.”
For more information, visit Cambrian’s website.