“Today’s business is done in a global marketplace. As a company that derives 50 percent of our revenue from outside the United States, we value students who have been exposed to other cultures, other systems and understand the way commerce connects us all. Nearly one third of our employees are St. Cloud State grads. These grads come to us ‘ready to contribute’ and understand and appreciate our values.”
— Brad Goskowicz, Chief Executive Officer, Microbiologics
The Herberger Business School places great importance on providing its students with an array of international education opportunities to add to their core competencies. Faculty-led, short-term and semester-long international education opportunities provide structured and focused experiences
designed to complement the business curriculum and provide students with the international experience employers seek.
In March 2016, Dean Dave Harris and other faculty led a group of students to Tokyo for an immersion into the financial district. The visit was made possible by gifts from alumni and friends to the Herberger Business School and a unique partnership with Rikkyo University in Japan and KITT University in India. It allowed students to experience Japanese business through two cultures at the same time.
During their trip, students visited the Tokyo Stock Exchange and participated in a stock simulation game. They also met the board chair of Century Medical, Inc. and had the opportunity to make a presentation about St. Cloud State University.
The trip was part of a finance, insurance and real estate department class that prepared students by introducing them to cultural differences that shape how business decisions are made in Japan.
While the visit pointed out the significant differences between U.S. and Japanese cultures, it also demonstrated to students how much they share in common.