Going Global

Going Global

Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students have been selected to participate in the first Global IT Project Management (GloblTpro) international study program, according to Dr. Matt Germonprez, UW-Eau Claire IS assistant professor and campus GloblTpro coordinator. 

UW-Eau Claire students Jeremiah Isaacson, a senior IS-systems development major from Eleva, Wis., and Andrew Van Zeeland, a senior computer science major from Shawano, Wis., will study information technology project management, global business, and entrepreneurship this summer at the Management Center in Innsbruck (MCI), Austria, and the Braunshweig University of Technology (TUB) in Braunshweig, Germany.  Four students from the University of Nebraska-Omaha will also participate in the GloblTpro program, which runs May 25-August 13, 2010.

Isaacson and Van Zeeland were excited to be picked for the program, which Van Zeeland described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” While both students would like to work for an international company some day, Isaacson plans to attend graduate school first.  He applied to the GloblTpro program in part because he felt it would prepare him for graduate study. 

“One of my educational goals is to attend the aeronautics and astronautics program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,” said Isaacson. “Participation in the GloblTpro will be an excellent addition to my academic resume due to the program’s strong focus on technology, engineering, entrepreneurism, and research,” he said.

For Van Zeeland, who is also pursuing a minor in German, participation in a program meant the opportunity to study entrepreneurship and other topics not traditionally included in a computer science curriculum at some of the best schools in Europe.  The possibility of working side-by-side with international students and participating in research for industry leaders like Siemens and Lufthansa also played a role in his decision to apply to the program.

“I have a great deal of interest in the global community, and I love learning new cultures and practices and the subtle differences between people,” said Van Zeeland.  “Showing that I have experience working with people from many different cultures will give me an edge in the global job market,” he said.

ABOUT THE GLOBITPRO PROGRAM

The Global IT Project Management (GloblTpro) international study program is a consortium of four universities: the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the Management Center in Innsbruck, Austria (MCI), and Braunshweig University of Technology (TUB), Braunshweig, Germany. The consortium is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) which enables each partner university to exchange three to four students each semester. 

UW-Eau Claire students in the GlobITpro program pay the same tuition they would pay if they were taking courses at UW-Eau Claire. They also receive a $5,000 grant which they can use for travel, room and board, and other living expenses while in Europe.

Any UW-Eau Claire student who is a US citizen, has completed at least 24 university credits and has a minimum GPA of 3.0 may participate in the GloblTpro program.  Students in the program are expected to positively represent UW-Eau Claire, regularly attend class, and contribute in teams during their stay in Europe.

To learn more about the GloblTpro at UW-Eau Claire, contact Dr. Matt Germonprez at germonr@uwec.edu or view the GlobaITpro website at www.globitpro.org.

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