The following is an excerpt from the July 4, 2009, issue of The Wichita Eagle. Doug Hensler, dean of the Barton School of Business, and Kate Kung-McIntyre, assistant dean at the Barton School, contributed to this article.
WSU students go abroad to acquire global business skills
Rather than learn about international business strictly from books, 13 Wichita State University students are experiencing it firsthand.
They returned Sunday from Malaysia as part of a project they're doing for Spirit AeroSystems.
The students are in a program at WSU called the Barton International Group, which was formed last year to help prepare students to participate in a global society.
"We started asking ourselves... what do we have to do to prepare our students for the next 10 or 20 years," said Kate Kung-McIntyre, assistant dean at the Barton School of Business.
Rather than offering summer courses overseas, Kung-McIntyre came up with the idea of an enterprise for undergraduate students to perform international work for companies, Hensler said.
"We want our graduates to be innovative, entrepreneurial, international, lifelong leaders," said Doug Hensler, dean of WSU's Barton School of Business.