2016 Global Business Institute (GBI) Kicks Off
All 100 college students from the Middle East, North Africa, and Near Asia arrived on July 2 to begin this year’s GBI program
July 6, 2016
Ten-plus travel hours and thousands of miles later, IIB’s 2016 GBI participants arrived in Bloomington safe and sound on Saturday, July 2. IIB staff and GBI program assistants (PAs) welcomed the tired yet eager students and assisted with their registrations and room assignments.
|2016 Kelley GBI students registering with IIB staff and PAs upon their arrival|
Southern Indiana’s infamous summer humidity, rain, and jetlag greeted the GBI scholars on their first official day at IU-Bloomington–Sunday, July 3. Rest of the day was spent attending various orientations–learning the ground rules of on-campus dorm (Teter) life, adjusting to U.S. academic classes, the culture of Bloomington, intercultural mindfulness, and IU’s technology access and use.
|2015 Kelley GBI students enjoying downtime and away from the rainy outdoors|
Monday, July 4, being a national holiday here in the U.S. (Independence Day), GBI students braved another day of rain, attended their first-ever Fourth of July Parade in downtown Bloomington and indulged in selfies and group pictures. After another round of procedural orientations, GBI scholars joined the “Business is Global” (BIG) high school program participants in an indoor Fourth of July BBQ and activities.
Starting Tuesday, July 5, the real classes began–with the Coke case introduction, presentation slide decks, and teamwork activities. As the Kelley GBI students enjoy, explore, and learn, IIB will be sure to trace their journey every step of the way!
Also stay up to date about #KelleyGBI2016 on kelleygbi2016.tumblr.com—made possible by GBI Cultural Liaison Ria Upadhyayula.