Villanova, PA, January 25, 2016– The Villanova School of Business (VSB) Center for Global Leadership (CGL) organized a People to People educational exchange program to Cuba for 27 Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and guests in January.
“The country is changing as it increasingly opens up to foreign investment and experiences continued pressure for a more liberalized market economy, said Kim Cahill, director, CGL. “We had the opportunity to witness firsthand the infancy of that transition and to examine what it might mean for us both personally and professionally.”
During the trip attendees explored various cultural, political, and economic traditions unique to Cuba.
The group toured El Trigal, Vivero Alamar, Centro Cultural Padre Felix Varela, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Arte Cubano, Caritas Cubano, and the U.S. Embassy. Additionally, the group participated in multiple roundtable discussions with experts in Cuban relations, renowned authors, and government officials.
In partnering with the World Affairs Council and Distant Horizons, The Center for Global Leadership made this unique experience possible for the Villanova representatives.
“The trip afforded the group an opportunity to see - and experience - Cuba at a pivotal moment in its transition. While Cuba faces serious challenges, there are also many potential opportunities”, said Jonathan Doh, PhD, the Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business and the Faculty Director, Center for Global Leadership “The Cuban people are clearly resilient, and this will be vital as they experience the next chapter in their history.”
The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.