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New International Business Emphasis At Concordia Meets The Corporate Need For Global Managers

Concordia’s new International Business Emphasis (IBE) meets the need in preparing students for global careers. 

Media Contact: Ann Ashmon
Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications
Concordia University Irvine
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New International Business Emphasis At Concordia Meets The Corporate Need For Global Managers


IRVINE, CA (May 24, 2013) -- Senior managers at such majors as PepsiCo, Pfizer, Credit Suisse, and UPS regularly comment on the significant shortage of “global trade literate,” culturally-sensitive managers. Those with such skills are in high demand, and firms are concerned that such talent is not being developed in sufficient numbers. Concordia’s new International Business Emphasis (IBE) meets this need in preparing students for global careers.

International trade and globalization are major drivers in business today; the ability of firms to remain competitive and flourish depends upon their management’s ability to understand, navigate, and serve global markets. As noted by the Chief Economist at Morgan Stanley, almost 31% of the world’s output of goods and services crosses a national border; this is up 10% from the mid-1990s and double the pre-globalization ratio of the mid-1970s. The trend line will continue.

Global practitioners are well-rounded, well-traveled, and well-read. To this end, the program has an intentionally broad cross-disciplinary scope. In addition to courses in international marketing, accounting and finance, the IBE provides students with non-western cultural exposure, intensive overseas residential study, and a highly-marketable real-world perspective.

Assistant Dean George Wright notes, “I’m very pleased with how the IBE meets the needs of both our students and the demands of the business community. Our faculty has deep experience in global enterprise and this is great value-added in student mentoring.”

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia University Irvine offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location, with online and regional cohort options.

A member of the Concordia University system of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, Concordia University Irvine empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership. Connect with Concordia University Irvine through its numerous social media channels.


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