Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
YSU's Williamson College receives federal grant
The grant will subsidize two additional foreign tours.
YOUNGSTOWN The U.S. Department of Education awarded Youngstown State University's Williamson College of Business Administration a second federal grant of $170,000 over a twoyear period to advance the college's Emerging Markets Initiative.
The Emerging Markets project was launched at YSU in 2005 to internationalize the undergraduate and MBA curricula, enhance the international knowledge and competencies of students and faculty and educate the business community of the Mahoning Valley about opportunities for international trade in emerging markets, said Mohan Eunni, assistant professor of management.
Eunni and Ram Kasuganti, chair of the department of management, are the principal investigators for the grant.
Under the first $183,000 grant, the college introduced three new courses with an international focus, and business students and faculty traveled to Eastern Europe and India, with costs substantially underwritten by the grant, Ennui said. Several business breakfast seminars, featuring faculty experts from leading business schools in the United States and abroad, were held to provide information about the importance of exploring business opportunities in international markets.
The second grant will enable the Williamson College of Business Administration to sustain the international initiatives, Ennui said. The grant will subsidize two additional foreign tours to Brazil and China/India in the next two years. There also will be training workshops to educate female entrepreneurs and kindergarten-through-12th-grade pupils in the Mahoning Valley about opportunities in global markets.
This year, the WCBA and Emerging Markets Initiative received the 2007 Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award. The annual award recognizes Ohio companies and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding performance in exporting or heightened awareness of exporting as a vital component of the state's economy.