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FSU’s College of Business Expands Focus on Global Education With Summer Study Abroad in Ecuador, China

FSU’s College of Business Expands Focus on Global Education With Summer Study Abroad in Ecuador, China
The Night Sky in Shanghai

Frostburg State University’s College of Business is taking another bold step in internationalizing its curriculum this summer, with new trips to Ecuador and China that explore topics in economic development and leadership.

“In recent years, countries like China have experienced the fastest economic growth in the world, and our students need to learn about the history, culture and business patterns of these countries, along with the roles they play in today’s global society,” said Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the College of Business. “Travelling overseas to countries such as China and Ecuador under the guidance of our College of Business faculty and having personal experiences with ordinary people, business managers and government officials can give our students invaluable insights that will enhance what they’re learning in their classes. I am proud of the Global Experiential Learning program that we have established for our faculty, students and staff, and we will continue our commitment to such innovative ways of teaching and learning at FSU’s College of Business.”

A group of students led by Dr. Sudhir Singh, associate dean of the College of Business; Dr. Suzanne McCoskey, assistant professor in the College’s Department of Economics; and Dr. Shakil Rahman, professor of management, will travel to China May 30 through June 11 and visit Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and the rural Shaanxi Province as part of “Destination China,” an international experience that combines online coursework with in-person experiences at some of China’s most notable areas and sights.

“Destination China focuses on the contrasts and co-existing contradictions that make China such an enigmatic country that is constructing its modern identity as a leader in the global economy,” said McCoskey, who specializes in economic development and macroeconomics. “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, China is still balancing prosperity in the urban centers on the coast with the struggle to develop in the rural, inland areas.”

Destination China participants will have opportunities to tour urban landscapes and visit businesses and factories, as well as see a development project and interact with professionals working to improve living standards for low-income, rural residents. FSU students will get to meet with college students at Xi’an’s Jiaotong University and East China Normal University in Shanghai, and share ideas. Cultural sightseeing, such as checking out the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors in X’ian, are also part of the trip.

In addition to visiting China, the College of Business is also sending students to Ecuador, as part of a growing effort to expand FSU’s educational outreach in Latin America under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey McClellan, assistant professor in the Department of Management. Dr. Dave Kiriazis, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, is accompanying the group as well. “Experience Ecuador,” which explores leadership and its relevance, history and application in Latin America, runs from June 4 through June 14, and features visits with business leaders, doing a service project in a local village and exploring some of Ecuador’s best and most beautiful areas, including Quito, Otavalo, Banos, Cuenca and Guayaquil.

“Ecuador is a country rich in diversity of all kinds. In addition to being one of the most biologically and geographically diverse countries in the world, it is also rich in its cultural and ethnic diversity,” McClellan said. “It is the people that make the country what it is. As our students interact with these diverse and wonderful people, they will learn a lot about what it takes to lead others in a diverse multicultural society. They will also learn about what it takes to be a successful business and social leader in a truly dynamic yet challenging environment. I am convinced this will be a life-altering experience for these students.”

Like “Destination China,” participants in “Experience Ecuador” are responsible for online course work as well as participating in in-person leadership activities and development.

Friends, families and others interested in international education at FSU and study abroad are invited to join the two groups on their journeys by enjoying their pictures and reflections and checking out their adventures online. Visit for regular updates. The groups will also share their experiences on Instagram ( and Facebook ( The groups are using the hashtag #fsucobgel to highlight pictures, posts and other content throughout social media.

The College of Business’ Global Experiential Learning (CoB GEL) program provides educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff that promote learning throughout the world. These opportunities include faculty-led short-term study abroad trips with students, visiting international scholars, international teaching opportunities, semester study abroad, students in global internships, international conference participation and other similar experiences. To learn more about FSU’s College of Business and its global experiential learning programs, visit

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