Greetings!

The nature of global business is constantly evolving - new markets emerge and existing opportunities change from year to year. Consequently, so does our work. In developing global business education opportunities in collaboration with faculty, partner business schools, and corporate and non-profit partners, we must ensure that these opportunities we provide for today's students remain relevant and enhance student development, perspective, and leadership upon graduation.

This school year, we have added educational experiences in the Middle East, Brazil, Turkey, India, and Costa Rica. We are looking ahead to creating more experiential learning opportunities in Latin America and Africa in the coming years.

Just as important as geographic opportunities are our partners. We are continuously reminded of the value of networks to our work. Faculty, alumni, partners, or friends of the Carlson School with experience in a region of the world are invaluable in helping open doors in a new location.

We are fortunate that the Carlson School global network is strong and growing. A core value of the Carlson Global Institute's mission is to support and advance these interactive and increasingly global networks. Our January programs included two alumni receptions in China, providing an opportunity for current students to connect with alumni and experience first-hand the value of these global connections. Also, for several programs abroad, students were able to meet with alumni working and living in the host country, like James McGregor in China, author of One Billion Customers. Alumni also participated in student site visits to companies like CH Robinson and Ogilvy Public Relations.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Going Global and the stories that illustrate the value of our evolving Carlson School global network. If you have any comments about our newsletter or interest in increasing your engagement with the Carlson Global Institute, please contact Director Jennifer Hawkins at hawki044@umn.edu or 612-624-4334.

And to those of you in China, a Happy Year of the Snake to you!

Sincerely,

Michael J. Houston                                                                                          Anne M. D'Angelo
Associate Dean, Global Initiatives                                                                      Assistant Dean, Global Initiatives