2016 President's Report - page 14-15

Clarkson University
President’s Report
Today’s graduates are entering an interconnected global world that
requires skills that extend beyond the demands of individual areas of
study. For professionals to be successful, they must understand the broader
implications of their work, appreciate difference and possess the flexibility
to work across cultures and borders.
“For years, we have seen the tremendous value of global learning
for our students,” says Kathryn Johnson, Vice President for International
Relations. “Students who travel or study abroad move out of their comfort
zones. They experience another culture and a new language, and they learn
to navigate new social and educational systems.”
“They return with a better
understanding of the world and
their own place in it.”
But it’s not just the
students who benefit from
international engagement.
“The University’s own
reputation is enhanced
through multifaceted global
partnerships, which can
include opportunities for our
faculty to teach overseas and
collaborate on research,” says
Last year, Clarkson
establishedThe International
Center to further develop
learning opportunities for
students, support research
excellence and advance the
University throughout the world.
Efforts are underway to
develop new avenues for global
engagement. “We have partnership agreements with some of the highest
ranked universities in the world,” says Johnson. “Now we are planning
to deepen those relationships by focusing on shared interests, thereby
providing more opportunities for research, teaching, exchange of students
and faculty, short-term visits, student projects, and/ or dual degree/joint
degree programs.”
Johnson and her team are also investigating opportunities for
international summer internships and co-ops as well as ways to enrich the
learning experience for international students who come to Clarkson to study.
“Our goal is for every Clarkson student to have the opportunity for an
international experience,” she says.
Emily Gibbons ’17
Project Management
• Reason for Going.
Because I am in the
School of Business, I had to fulfill a global
experience requirement. I decided to do a
full semester because I thought I would get
a more well-rounded international
experience. I was right.
I chose the National University of Singapore
because I’ve always been fascinated by
the country and because it’s one of the
best schools in the world.
• Lessons Learned.
Studying engineering
from another society’s perspective allowed
me to think about things in a different way.
Singapore is not your average city. Every
day I woke up and couldn’t believe I was
learning and living in such an amazing
• Take-aways.
Interacting with new cultures,
people, and ideas opens up your mind. It
changes the way you think and see the world.
I have the confidence now to move and live on
my own anywhere in the world.
Strong Corporate Connections
School of Business students benefit from the strong corporate partnerships
forged by the school and its faculty — from the development of new curricula
to on-campus corporate events, competitions and lectures that provide
professional mentoring and networking opportunities.
Last fall for the second year, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company developed
a case competition designed for Clarkson students to find solutions to an actual
supply chain challenge faced by the company.
Goodyear raised the stakes this year by offering $10,000 in student scholarships.
Student teams were asked to reconstruct Goodyear’s North American supply
chain for cost savings, supply security and diversity of the supply chain — all within
the constraints provided through the case scenario.
Of the nine student teams who submitted their analysis and recommendations,
six were selected to present at the competition. One graduate and one
undergraduate teamwere selected as winners and received $5,000 each.
MBA students Jeremy Nelson and Taylor Gedig won the graduate
competition. “It made for a real proving ground in a boardroom environment,”
says Nelson. “It was a great opportunity.”
A Reputation in the Field
Companies Hiring
GSCM Students
Coupa Software
General Dynamics
General Electric
General Motors
Lockheed Martin
Telus Communication
United Technologies
Graduate team winners Jeremy Nelson and Taylor Gedig (center)
after presenting their winning case for the Goodyear Supply Chain
Case Competition (l & r from Goodyear — Joseph Thomas,
Commodity Lead, and Corey Yon, Senior Category Manager)
GSCM major Malik King ’18 at the Career Fair.
Kathryn Johnson
Graduates Employed by Top Companies
“For any program, there are many different
success indicators. But job placement is certainly
an important one,” says Farzad Mahmoodi, Joel
Goldschein ’57 Endowed Chair Professor in
Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) and
director of the GSCM program at Clarkson.
The GSCM program is one of the flagship
programs of the School of Business and the
largest undergraduate major. Students majoring
in Engineering &Management can also pursue a
concentration in GSCM, while all MBA students —
in Potsdam, the Capital Region Campus and online
— are required to take a supply chain course.
The GSCM curriculum at Clarkson employs
a systems approach to integrating business
functions like logistics, inventory management, information systems and
negotiations/partnership management.
“The goal is for students to understand not only discrete functions but to develop
‘big picture’ thinking and knowledge of systems optimization,” explains Mahmoodi.
And the approach works.
“We’re known as a supply chain school so we attract certain types of students
who excel here,” says Mahmoodi. “We have a great reputation in the field, close
relationships with industry and a strong alumni network. This means our students
get great co-ops, internships and permanent positions after they graduate.”
TOP 20
IN THE NATION for 14 years
U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges,
Going Further
Clarkson’s new International Center advances global citizenship
through overseas learning, research and working opportunities
Number of study abroad
exchange agreements with
universities worldwide
I,II-1,2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9,10-11,12-13 16-17,18-19,20-21,22-23,24-25,26-27,28-29,30
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