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From Brazil to Ohio, executives learn what it’s like to be Business Bobcats

Thursday, July 28 2016 12:00am

The Center for International Business partners with Brazil’s Latin America Institute of Business for executive education program

By Mackenzie O'Dwyer

Ohio University’s College of Business welcomes 52 working professionals in the Latin America Institute of Business for a two-week, accelerated executive education course in business management, marketing, and English.

“For some, fulltime graduate education is too expensive or time consuming,” said Andre Fauri, founder of LAIOB. “This two-week program gives executives a better understanding of global business and the unique experience of attending an American university; an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t have.”

College of Business faculty host seminars and assign group projects to teach program participants how to apply current business trends to their job and build their international networks. Many students use what they learn to advance their careers or make career changes. For some, it’s the catalyst that makes them decide to get an MBA.

LAIOB Coordinator and program graduate Thomas Coelho works with the College of Business to give students a true OHIO experience.

“From staying in dorm rooms to hosting a graduation ceremony, the LAIOB students get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Business Bobcat,” said Coelho. “This is my second year in the program, and I’m already looking forward to coming back to campus in January.”

But it’s not all business during the two-week visit. The Brazilian cohort experiences life in Athens at a Copperheads baseball game, Ohio University’s Innovation Center, hiking the Hocking Hills, and touring Jackie-O’s brewery. This year’s group even got a taste of Ohio Brew Week.

Now in its second year, the LAIOB program has increased from 10 to 52 participants and continues to grow in size.

“We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a great group this year, and we already have a full class coming in January,” said Scott Wright, director of Brazil executive education and finance instructor. “My hope is that we see these students again as full-time MBA students.”