Speakers


Keynote
Luncheon
Narendra Rustagi

Narendra K. Rustagi

Director, Center for Global Business Studies
Howard University

Dr. Narendra K. Rustagi is Director of the Center for Global Business Studies, School of Business, Howard University. Dr. Rustagi is professionally very active both at Howard and at professional organizations. He was a co-author of the grant to start online programs at the Howard University. He participated in review of programs at the Kogi State University, Nigeria, Sohar University, Oman, and the University of Mauritius, Mauritius. He is also co-founder of the International Educators Group, and is passionate about developing strategies for efficient delivery of higher education. He was recently requested to join the Academic Council of Invertis University, India.

His topic is Global Collaborations to Create Global Citizens. Today, businesses need individuals who can thrive in diverse environments around the globe, leveraging lessons learned across cultures while functioning like locals. To prepare individuals to adapt to new environments, either as entrepreneurs or as employees, we need to expose students to global interactions both in person when possible, and through technology. Going a step further, students must understand that knowledge of and use of plurality in all its forms is necessary for personal, business and national competitiveness. Additionally, faculty should be able and willing to deliver education globally both in person and via technology. The demand for U.S. education is very high and courses taught in a hybrid mode involving embedded travel will expose both faculty and students to other cultures. Thus, we should build collaborations with institutions around the globe through programs such as short-term study abroad, joint faculty projects, joint student projects, joint programs such as bilateral and trilateral degree and certificate programs, hybrid and fully online courses, internships in other countries, etc.

In this presentation, Dr. Rustagi plans to use examples which would include programs that he has been personally involved in, including online MBA and executive MBA programs, Global Trilateral MBA certificate program, and embedding of short-term international projects in courses wherein students work on projects in foreign countries with local executives.


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