September, 2016 | Mays Impacts - Part 2

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School invests significantly in global study opportunities for its undergraduate and graduate students. In 2015, the 599 Mays students who studied abroad comprised 13 percent of the Texas A&M students who did so. Within Mays, about 24 percent of graduating seniors had an overseas study experience.

A number of programs are coordinated by Mays’ Center for International Business Studies (CIBS). Julian Gaspar, CIBS executive director, explained, “CIBS’ mission is to empower Mays students to become globally competent and operate at a professional level in intercultural and international contexts.”

CIBS is a member of the national Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) Network: a select group of 17 universities, chosen by the U.S. Department of Education.  


“At Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, we believe that awareness of global issues is just as important as knowledge of accounting, finance, management, marketing, management information systems or supply chain issues… business is truly a global enterprise,” said Dean Eli Jones. “For anyone aspiring to leadership of a business – especially one that is has a global reach – cross-cultural skills and global competence are critical.”

Last year, 14 faculty and staff members led Mays study-abroad excursions to such places as Southern Africa, Brazil, Cuba and India. ( “As leaders, we really immerse ourselves in the education of our students,” Gaspar explained. “Before you take a group abroad you recruit the students, you then take the students abroad and teach. When you are abroad with them, you’re not only their faculty member, you’re like their parent and on call 24/7.”

One program with strong Mays participation is the Texas A&M Global Business Brigades (GBB), a chapter of Global Business Brigades – the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Over the past few years, Mays GBB students have provided basic business and financial literacy to micro enterprises (primarily in Panama) to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Gaspar also explained that CIBS offers Certificates in International Business (a minor in International Business) to Mays undergraduate and graduate students. Certificates entail both international business courses as well as a study-abroad component. While most of Mays certificate programs are available to all students, the school has also worked with the Department of Petroleum Engineering for 15 years on a specialized master’s-level certificate in International Petroleum Management.

Gaspar recently announced plans to grow Mays study-abroad programs. “To impact the world, you must first know the world,” he said. “The dean’s goal is to raise the overseas study experience from the current 24 percent to 50 percent, which is possible, provided we restructure our programs accordingly.”  In Fall 2017, seven new exchange partnerships will be added in Asia/Oceania and Europe.

The growth in study-abroad programs is in part due to the generosity of Mays corporate partners and donors. Corporate partners include Phillips 66, PwC and Deloitte. A recent $200,000 gift from former students Jarrett ’93 and Tracy Anderson ’92 will assist students who go abroad to study sustainable business development programs. The II Corinthians 9:7 Foundation CIBS Excellence Endowment, created through the Texas A&M Foundation, will provide financial support to the programs that assist micro-business expansion in developing countries.

The Andersons have generously supported Mays and Texas A&M in the past: An earlier gift came from their II Corinthians 9:7 Foundation, and the couple funded an endowed Presidential Scholarship at Texas A&M. Jarrett’s degree was in business management and Tracy’s was in accounting.


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Applications for 3 Day Startup are open until Sept. 14.

3 Day Startup is a learning-by-doing campus workshop designed to teach students entrepreneurial skills within 72 hours in a hands-on environment. This year’s workshop will be held Oct. 14-16 at Startup Aggieland, a business incubator located in Research Park.

Students are encouraged to use the weekend’s risk-free environment to work on business ideas for which they have a passion and may want to pursue after the program has ended. Mentors and professors from Texas A&M University will be available throughout the weekend to help students fine-tune their businesses.

Accepted participants will also attend a boot camp two weeks before the event, where they will learn key entrepreneurial principles and best practices for maximizing their experience in the program.

Texas A&M’s 3 Day Startup program is affiliated with 3 Day Startup, Inc., a nonprofit that helps teams run 3 Day Startup events by providing tools, resources and consulting. Learn more.


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Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School has a long history of maintaining strong relationships with its alumni and corporate partners, which are often potential employers for its students. With more than 62,000 living alumni around the world, Mays is expanding its reach with the “Mays Connection”  – an initiative to increase engagement with its former students, industry partners and employers.

This fall, events include a “Mays Corporate Connection” program featuring the Center for Executive Development (CED) at Mays Business School. The corporate event, to be held at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 23 prior to the Texas A&M-Arkansas football game, features special guest speakers Texas A&M President Michael K. Young and Mays Dean Eli Jones, as well as a keynote on “5 Words that Guarantee ROI” by CED Assistant Dean Ben Welch. The CED provides fully custom executive education programs that cultivate ethical leaders.

Mays delivers lifelong value to its graduates by providing them with networking opportunities. Upcoming alumni events include a Yell Practice at its CityCentre Houston campus at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Former Texas Aggie Yell Leaders will lead the Yell Practice in preparation for the game on Saturday, Sept. 17, when  the Aggies take on the Auburn Tigers. The event is free and open to all Texas A&M alumni and friends in the Houston area. In addition, Mays will host an MBA alumni tailgate for Mays Full-Time, Professional and Executive MBA graduates on Saturday, Oct. 8 before the Aggies take on the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field.

Mays alumni play an important role in advancing the school’s mission by serving as guest speakers, corporate recruiters, student mentors and advisory board members. Bruce D. Broussard ’84, CEO of Humana, will speak at Mays Business School from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Sept. 29 as part of Dean Eli Jones’ Leadership Series. The event is free and open to the public. Additional executive speakers this fall include Bruce Peterson of USAA; representatives from JP Morgan Chase; and David Williams of Noble Corporation. Banquets are also scheduled to honor scholarship donors and recipients, as well as outstanding alumni. …Read more

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