Villanova Celebrates First Year of Newly Designated Moran Center for Global Leadership

Villanova University’s School of Business celebrated the first full year of their new designation, Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership (MCGL), by releasing their Annual Review, which summarized MCGL’s accomplishments throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. In promoting Villanova’s work to elevate global innovations and initiatives, MCGL has implemented a variety of new internationally minded programming, including the “Maymester” program and the Global Business concentration. 

Click here to view the Annual Review.

The Maymester program provides students with an intensive study abroad opportunity in the window between the end of final exams for the spring semester and the start of summer internships. Students in the inaugural batch of the program traveled to Sydney, Australia, where they completed academic coursework while immersing themselves in local corporate and cultural programming. In particular, students completed a special section of the requisite Global Political Economy course that focused on the political, economic and historic origins of the Asia-Pacific region. To understand the culture of the region, students participated in a variety of activities, including a bridge climb, harbor boat tour and wildlife park trip. Students additionally learned about corporate development in the region by attending lectures presented by faculty members from both Villanova and the University of Technology Sydney as well as company site visits and meetings. 

MCGL also developed a Global Business Concentration within the Villanova School of Business during the 2018-2019 academic year, which is the school’s first multidisciplinary concentration for non-business students seeking a global business credential. Students interested in undertaking the concentration have the option to complete either four international business courses or a combination of study abroad and three international business courses with foreign language proficiency. In doing this, MCGL hopes to help students across the entire university cultivate an appreciation for the culture, political systems, religious traditions and economic institutions, which is imperative for the modern global citizen. 

In addition to starting these programs, MCGL has made improvements to Villanova’s existing programs to further foster global consciousness among the university’s students. For example, the program helped to facilitate a variety of trips for the Global Practicum, a required capstone class for MBA students in the Villanova School of Business. In the 2018-2019 year, students traveled to Budapest and Prague, South Africa, Casablanca and Lisbon, Vietnam and Taiwan, Tel Aviv and Peru to meet with a variety of global corporations and hear about the history of their destinations. Villanova School of Business also expanded its global partnerships to include a collaboration with University of Urbino’s PhD in Global Studies program as well as a fall semester program to continue the success of the spring Business and Culture in the Italian Context program.  

For more information on MCGL and its Maymester program, visit their website here


Article written by Amelia Winger on behalf of Global Philadelphia Association