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UDC-SBPA’s FIRST EVER STUDY ABROAD – UNITED KINGDOM 2022 – SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

During Summer 2022, the UDC School of Business and Public Administration (UDC-SBPA) offered the FIRST STUDY ABROAD course to Nottingham and London, United KingdomBGMT 395 (Study Abroad Course) was offered in Summer Session 2 during June 30-August 13, 2022 (6 weeks) for the FIRST time @ UDC-SBPA. The STUDY ABROAD course is offered as an ‘elective’ for ‘Logistics & International Trade (LIT) Concentration’, and can be counted as a ‘Business Management elective’ for Business Majors across all SBPA disciplines/concentrations. The students can opt for this course across all schools and colleges at UDC. Engineering and non-business majors enrolled in LIT concentration can use this course effectively towards fulfilling LIT requirements. Study Abroad Course (BGMT 395) is offered by Dr. Anshu Arora (Associate Professor of Marketing and Director of LIT Center). Dr. Amit Arora (Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management) and Dr. Tih Koon Tan (Professor and Department Chair of Accounting and Finance) are course faculty affiliates. The STUDY ABROAD (BGMT 395) course is supported by the NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Grant #1912070.

2022 Summer Study Abroad Participating Students:

Student Name

Major / Concentration

Ms. Arlene Marshall BBA – Business Management; LIT & Marketing  Concentrations
Ms. Camaren Rogers BBA – Business Management; LIT Concentration
Mr. Matthew Miller BBA – Business Management
Ms. Lakesia Brighthaupt BBA – Business Management; Concentration in Marketing
Ms. Meri Zakaryan BBA – Accounting & Finance with LIT concentration
Mr. Daniel Orebiyi Bachelor of Science –  Electrical Engineering
Picture: On Nottingham Trent University Campus in front of Nottingham Trent University’s Business School. L to R: Ms. Camaren Rogers, Ms. Meri Zakaryan, Dr. Anshu Arora (Professor), Mr. Matthew Miller, Ms. Lakesia Brighthaupt, Dr. Alex Tan (Professor), Mr. Daniel Orebiyi, and Arlene Marshall
Picture: On Nottingham Trent University Campus in front of Nottingham Trent University’s Business School. L to R: Ms. Camaren Rogers, Ms. Meri Zakaryan, Dr. Anshu Arora (Professor), Mr. Matthew Miller, Ms. Lakesia Brighthaupt, Dr. Alex Tan (Professor), Mr. Daniel Orebiyi, and Arlene Marshall

International Travel / Study Abroad Program in the United Kingdom

With regard to the international business perspectives, Study Abroad (BGMT 395) course has identified Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in Nottingham, UK as a targeted university to visit and stay for a 2-week period for our UDC students (as a part of Summer Study Abroad course @ UDC during Summer Session II – July 16, 2022 – July 31, 2022).

With the support of the National Science Foundation, five (5) professors – Drs. Anshu Arora, Amit Arora, Tih Koon Tan, Pradeep Behera, and Dean (Dr.) Mo Sepehri – are actively involved in the Study Abroad program for conducting research abroad with global academic collaborators, as well as, ensuring that the UDC students gain international exposure/immersion.

UK dropped all travel related restrictions on fully-vaccinated travelers during February 2022 (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19). Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the UK’s largest and most popular research universities (NTU is ranked in the Top 5 UK research universities), with about 40,000 students. NTU has received the Queens Anniversary Prize – the highest national honor for a UK university. NTU runs a Global Summer School with special programs on Design and Innovation in Business and International Fashion Branding, where UDC students enhanced their creativity by exploring techniques from design professions – product, service, user experience and more – to generate new and innovative ideas and solutions. On successful completion, 5 UDC students (Ms. Arlene Marshall, Ms. Lakesia Brighthaupt, Ms. Camaren Rogers, Ms. Meri Zakaryan, Mr. Matthew Miller, and Mr. Daniel Orebiyi) achieved 10 UK credit points / 5 ECTS and a certificate.

Picture: L to R: Dr. Amit Arora, Ms. Camren Rogers, Ms. Arlene Marshall, and Dr. Alex Tan on NTU Campus
Picture: L to R: Dr. Amit Arora, Ms. Camren Rogers, Ms. Arlene Marshall, and Dr. Alex Tan on NTU Campus

Operationalizing the Curriculum

Study Abroad – United Kingdom is the venue for the experiential learning program that is based on the need to: i) allow students to learn in a cultural setting that was foreign to them; ii) expose them to a nation different than theirs; and iii) utilize the prior experience of faculty with multiple visits to the nation.
Pre-trip (Weeks 1 and 2 @ UDC): The pre-trip study included disciplinary content, cultural learning, and reflections operationalized through seminars, assigned readings, films, and video clips. British philosophy, brief history, fine arts, beliefs and customs, economic and political systems, educational system, and environmental issues were introduced.
During Trip (Weeks 3 and 4 @ NTU): The visit to Nottingham and London in the United Kingdom is focused on cultural immersion, problem-solving, critical thinking skills, and application of interdisciplinary STEM and Business knowledge to issues in an authentic way. Students were expected to interact with local experts, lay persons and participate in on-site discussion with their peers and faculty about their observations and offer perspectives about the issues identified.

Post-Trip (Weeks 5 and 6 @ UDC): Students presented a written final report of his or her experiences, reflections, lessons learned and plans to share their experience with their family, friends and peers. Students made an oral presentation using technology while reflecting on the course, the learning process, and the integration of their cognitive, analytical, and critical thinking skills.

Course Content / Schedule

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Dates

Place of Study

Topics

Weeks 1-2 Thursday, June 30, 2022, to Friday, July 15, 2022 University of the District of Columbia (UDC) The students will conduct literature review in design thinking, innovation, global business, international finance, and sustainable entrepreneurship. Orientation sessions for UK trip.
Weeks 3-4 Monday, July 18, 2022, to Friday, July 29, 2022 Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham. UK The program includes debates and discussions, lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and games.
Weeks 5-6 Monday, August 1 to Saturday, August 13, 2022 University of the District of Columbia (UDC) The students will develop a (unique) global research project report and produce a project piece to display their new-found expertise in design and innovation.

UDC Undergraduate Student Research Projects – implemented in Nottingham, UK

Here is a glimpse of students’ projects’ video presentations showcasing their projects in product design and innovations while working with students from all over the world – Canada, India, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, and UK.

Arlene’s Group

Lakesia and Matt’s Group

Meri’s Group

Camaren’s Group

International Collaboration Opportunities: Social Robotics at UDC and NTU

Dr. Anshu Arora (Associate Professor of Marketing and Director of Behavioral Research Lab @ UDC) shared her research on social robotics (https://www.udc.edu/sbpa/lit/social-robotics-research/) with NTU social robotics group, headed by Dr. David Brown (Professor of Robotics and Social Inclusion @ NTU – https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/science-technology/david-brown). There will be international collaboration opportunities possible for both UDC and NTU researchers in the future. NTU is ranked in the Top 5 UK research university (6th largest in the UK with around 40,000 students).

International Collaboration Opportunities: Social Robotics at UDC and NTU Dr. Anshu Arora (Associate Professor of Marketing and Director of Behavioral Research Lab @ UDC) shared her research on social robotics (https://www.udc.edu/sbpa/lit/social-robotics-research/) with NTU social robotics group, headed by Dr. David Brown (Professor of Robotics and Social Inclusion @ NTU - https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/science-technology/david-brown). There will be international collaboration opportunities possible for both UDC and NTU researchers in the future. NTU is ranked in the Top 5 UK research university (6th largest in the UK with around 40,000 students).

In Dr. Anshu Arora’s words:

At Nottingham, I met with Dr. David Brown (https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/science-technology/david-brown) and his team of social robotics researchers. They are doing some amazing work in social robotics and autism … similar to my NSF-Funded SMARTER research (https://www.udc.edu/sbpa/lit/social-robotics-research/) dealing with high schoolers diagnosed with autism and other learning disabilities in Washington, DC. NTU is conducting a massive scale research with their EU Funded Project – EDUROB – Educational Robotics for People with Learning Disabilities (https://edurob.eu/index.html). I was simply amazed to explore their work which mirrors my research work in social robotics, autism, and DC Public Schools (obviously, there’s much bigger across partners from UK, Lithuania, Italy, Bulgaria, and Poland). After discussing our research, we realized that there are opportunities for future collaboration along with international funding opportunities. I look forward to more fruitful future collaborations with UK and EU! Go ROBOTICS! Go UDC!         

~Dr. Anshu Arora, Associate Professor, Director of Behavioral Research Lab, UDC-SBPA

This study abroad trip has been one for the books. I want to thank NSF for sponsoring us. Without them I would not be able to travel and meet people and cultures from around the world. I was able to learn about how people from different countries interact and how cultures vary across the globe. Being able to work alongside people from India, France, Canada and others, helped me expand my knowledge and future horizons. I am truly grateful for this experience and it has been a once in a lifetime trip. I suggest everyone to take time and do study abroad if they have the chance in order to be more open-minded and explore world cultures. United Kingdom is a very interesting place and this trip had increased my passion for traveling!

~ Daniel Orebiyi, BS Electrical Engineering Student @UDC-SEAS


It was just an amazing experience and if you’ve never been abroad, then you need to take the trip. It will change your life forever and you will have a better understanding of other countries and cultures from around the world. To learn so many different languages and to be able to relate or understand through different language barriers is awesome! This has been the best trip in my life. I’ve never been out of the United States before this trip and now I want to visit more places abroad and meet a lot of other people. I felt like a celebrity since so many people wanted to take pictures and just meet me and be around me. Trust me, when I say my life has been changed forever! Thank you NSF and UDC for this wonderful opportunity! I am truly blessed! Thank you so much NSF and UDC for this amazing opportunity!!                                                                         

~ Lakesia Brighthaupt, Undergraduate Marketing Student @ UDC-SBPA


I would like to express my gratitude to the NSF for this “once in a lifetime” opportunity. The UK trip will definitely be one of the memories I will cherish my whole life. I have had 2 weeks of self-discovery and not only have learned new skills, but also realized that my imagination is limitless and I can visualize, create, and design all the things I want. The majestic Nottingham with its extraordinary architecture was another part of the trip that was very inspirational. I am one of the many students whose life has changed positively as a result of being a part of the trip. I really enjoyed my time in the UK meeting and spending most of the days working and collaborating with students who were representing other countries and cultures. I have definitely learned to be more considerate and empathetic with people coming from different cultures. The exhibition “Radical Arts” at the Harewood House was a great example of looking at things from different perspective and thinking out-of-the-box. The whole course was challenging and enjoyable at the same time. The professional skills, such as critical thinking, planning, strategizing, and product design have been acquired as a result of taking the course. Thank you again for inspiring, empowering and creating opportunities that help us to believe in ourselves and make the world a better place!                                        

~ Ms. Meri Zakaryan, Undergraduate Accounting & Finance and LIT Student @ UDC-SBPA


My experience as a National Science Foundation Summer Research Scholar and UDC Ambassador has been invaluable. Although I’m a Business Management major, I had never considered the design and innovation process that produced the items I will be marketing or trading (likely internationally). I gained incredible knowledge into the design process during my UK trip. Having this insight will benefit me in my career. There are many aspects in the UK that the USA should adopt. At every fast food restaurant in UK, they had fountain drinks/soda that only had zero calorie or diet options. If you wanted a regular Coke or Pepsi in a bottle it cost more. Additionally, the regular drink that came with the meal was nearly half the size as in the US. During the trip, I interacted with 14 different nationalities. I visited my first ever country estate in Leeds. I have read about these in Jane Austen novels and historical dramas. There is much diversity in the UK. Overall, I feel that the UK is more liberal than I expected.

~ Arlene Fairley Marshall, Undergraduate Marketing and LIT Student @ UDC-SBPA


After interacting and developing strong, lasting relationships with people from other cultures through this UK trip, I think I’ve become culturally sensitive. Opening my mind to so many different cultures and experiences has been so welcoming and provided me with a positive impact on a level I’ve never experienced in the USA before. Traveling to England and experiencing Nottingham as a student has incredibly inspired me to travel and visit the friends I have created in this course. From studying abroad countless opportunities, connections, and experiences are present to you that you could never imagine possible. These experiences are life changing and are more rewarding than you could ever experience from just staying at home. What I experienced while studying abroad was so much more than I expected from this opportunity.     

~ Camaren Rogers, Undergraduate Management and LIT Student @ UDC-SBPA

An International Student Praising UDC Student – Ms. Lakesia Brighthaupt, UDC-SBPA Undergraduate Marketing Student – for her Cultural Competence and Love for Different Cultures – Go Firebirds!!!An International Student Praising UDC Student – Ms. Lakesia Brighthaupt, UDC-SBPA Undergraduate Marketing Student – for her Cultural Competence and Love for Different Cultures – Go Firebirds!!!

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