MAILED: July 21, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- For the seventh year, students from the Economische Hogeschool Sint-Aloysius collegiate business program in Belgium are teaming with American students in an international business course taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The class is intended to demonstrate how certain sectors of business are done in America and how it differs from Belgium, said Dr. Ronald Schlattman, coordinator of international business and professor of business communication at UW-Eau Claire.
The class began July 14 and will run through July 23, offering one to three credits for students enrolled in "Topics in Business Administration." There are 14 Belgian students and eight UW-Eau Claire students enrolled in the class.
"The purpose is to compare two cultural environments as they relate to business topics or problems," Schlattman said.
The class is structured informally with UW-Eau Claire and Belgian students working in small groups, he said.
The American students who have participated in this class in the past have benefited from learning about a different culture, he said.
"It allows them to enjoy the interaction of the class rather than to be critical," Schlattman said. "They appreciate the fact that there are different ways of doing things."
In addition to the classroom activities, the students will tour government buildings in Eau Claire, attend a pow wow in Hayward and tour the Cardinal Glass and Leinenkugel Brewery, said Dr. Robert Erffmeyer, primary instructor of the class. The tours give great examples of cross-cultural comparison, he said.
The class will discuss behaviors in business, important trends and differences in the two cultures, Erffmeyer said.
"The most important thing about the class is that it gives students exposure to someone of a different culture," he said, noting that not all students can fit studying abroad into their academic schedules. "Different cultures have different ways of doing business."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 21, 1997