University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

1st Program on Global Sustainable Entrepreneurship a Success

The participants of the 1st Program on Global Sustainable Entrepreneurship

The University of Vermont School of Business Administration welcomed 11 Colombian and 5 Peruvian graduate students and alumni from the Facultad de Administración, Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia last month as part of the 1st Program on Global Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

During their weeklong visit, the group participated in several customized lectures and case analyses, and interacted with our graduate students.  They also visited several local companies including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, NRG Systems, and Seventh Generation.

“I think these exchange programs are a great opportunity to get to know different cultures, to exchange different ideas and to see which topics matter to students/professors from different countries,” said Katharina Regina Schaal, a School of Business Administration MBA student.  “For example, I was talking to one professor (from U de los Andes) and he explained his current research to me which was very interesting because I actually wrote my bachelor thesis in that area.”

As part of the Program, the School of Business Administration welcomed Mary Powell, CEO & President of Green Mountain Power for the inaugural MBA Director’s Speaker Series Event.  

“The program was a resounding success,” said Dr. Willy Cats-Baril, Director of the MBA program at the School of Business Administration.  “We delivered an excellent program to a demanding audience that loved what we did for them. The participants were enthusiastic about the lectures, the visits to local firms, and the warm reception they got.”

Patricia Londoño Rivera, the Director of the Master Degree Programs in Environmental Management and  in Management and Economic Development at Universidad de los Andes had this to share about the Program: “Congratulations with the program design; terrific content, well-balanced, productive, very good visits, spectacular environment and excellent host; exceeded all my expectations.”

The School of Business Administration is hoping to continue to partner with Universidad de los Andes in future exchanges including sending our students to Bogota to participate in a similar program down there.

Dr. Cats-Baril is planning to solidify partnerships with other international schools to eventually be able to offer the Global Sustainable Entrepreneurship Program four times per year.