The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.
THE STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE Some of our students went from finals to flights just days after the semester ended as they began to study abroad on one of our three business study-abroad programs: Italian Studies, British Studies and Asian Studies. ITALIAN STUDIES While in Milan and Florence, students had the opportunity to meet with executives from local companies and immerse themselves in the professional culture of Italy. Some of the businesses they interacted with included the oldest chocolate company in Italy (Guido Gobino), one of the most prestigious gold leaf companies in the world (Manetti Battiloro), and an international paper company with ties to Hattiesburg (Sofidel). Their experiences also included spending a day in the Tuscan countryside to learn about how some of the highest quality olive oil and wine in the world is created (Frantoio dei Colli Toscani) and attending a cooking class where they made pasta from scratch! Students were also taught how to make an authentic cappuccino at a local barista school in Florence (Mokaflor Espresso Academy). While at the espresso academy, Mr. Russ Willis placed a pin on their map of visitors, making Southern Miss the first official visitors from Mississippi! Students took advantage of their free weekends by exploring places such as Rome, Pisa, Cinque Terre and Venice. 22% OF STUDENTS WHO STUDY ABROAD ARE FROM THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. British Studies 20 students Asian Studies 15 students Italian Studies 12 students Total 47 30 | C O L L E G E O F B U S I N E S S A N D E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T
ASIAN STUDIES This summer, students on the Asian Studies program got to experience business and culture in Tokyo and Hong Kong. In Japan, they visited the Tokyo Development Authority, Nissan Global Headquarters, Uchida Yoko and the Mississippi Development Authority. The students got a big welcome during their tour of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. They also visited the Meiji Palace and Imperial Gardens and Epson Digital Arts museum and got to try sushi at the fish market in Tokyo. In Hong Kong, students saw the Hong Kong Trade Development Center and Hong Kong Science Park and tried traditional Chinese food. One of the highlights of the trip was visiting students at Kaetsu University in Japan. Southern Miss Business students assisted in a few English language classes, dressed in yukuta, tried traditional Japanese calligraphy, and played video games with Japanese college students. Students from Kaetsu University will be visiting Southern Miss in spring 2020. BRITISH STUDIES While in London, students were able to visit some of the most iconic businesses in Britain, including Lloyd’s of London, the oldest and largest insurance brokerage firm in the world; Jaguar, the world-renowned auto luxury maker; Twinings Tea, the oldest tea purveyor in England, having occupied the same premises on the Strand since 1706; and a behind-the-scenes look at arguably the most well-known sporting event in the world— The Championships at the All England Club—more commonly known as Wimbledon. Additionally, students visited smaller, family-owned business, including both a winery and cheese maker in Kent, the agricultural belt of England. Students immersed themselves in British history and culture, including a river cruise down the River Thames to Greenwich, England, home to Royal Naval Observatory and the Prime Meridian, a private meeting with Charles Walker, a member of Parliament inside the Palace of Westminster, and attendance at musical shows in London’s famed theatre district of the West End. Of course, no visit to London would be complete without visiting Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. During the students’ mini-break, they were able to travel to the continent to such cities as Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Madrid. A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | 31