Cameron School of Business Hosts Study Abroad Program for Turkish MBA Students

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

MBA students from Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey, learned firsthand about international management and marketing by visiting local businesses through a UNCW study abroad program this summer.

Twenty-six Turkish students participated in the three-week program, which concluded on July 30. Students took courses through the Swain Center as part of a partnership between UNCW’s Cameron School of Business and Yeditepe University.

“This is the first time we are doing this, and my hope is we will continue to offer this program each summer,” said Cem Canel, professor of operations management at Cameron School of Business. “I think it has been a great experience for them. I believe the students will promote UNCW and the Cameron School of Business when they return home.”

Students participating in the program are professionals whose jobs range from business analyst expert to vice president of an international consulting company.

“It was a great opportunity to be at the University of North Carolina Wilmington,” said Caglar Su, territory customer and product support manager for John Deere in Istanbul. “I was able to improve myself in cross-cultural experience and current marketing issues.”

Nil Belgen, vice president of HACO International Consultancy Inc. in Istanbul, said her participation in the intensive program will benefit her professional career, especially in the area of cross-cultural relations.

“In my job, I frequently provide consulting services for our South Korean partners. We are developing products in Turkish markets for them, and I interact with different cultures very often. I had opportunities here to expand my knowledge,” she said.

Canel said there are plans to send UNCW students to Istanbul in the future.