Globalization is today’s and tomorrow’s reality; money and ideas move around the world at the speed of light. The world has changed. Massive increases in the amount of international trade (imports and exports), foreign direct investment, the growth of multinational companies, and international financial transactions have raised the stakes even higher.
The Alberta School of Business, through its Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS), and in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, has developed this innovative and unique program. It has been designed to produce business graduates with an expertise in the language, culture, history, and economics of the Spanish-speaking nations of North, Central, and South America. Formal international study exchanges in Ecuador, Mexico, Chile and elsewhere are available and would enhance the experience in the program.
On graduation, students would have the functional business skills required of today's managers as well as the language capability and cultural sensitivity that would enable them to interact comfortably with Alberta's and Canada's trading partners. A graduate would also qualify to assume an overseas posting or to pursue further studies in Mexico or Central and South American countries. Opportunities in all areas of business would exist in the government and the private sector, particularly in connection with the North American Free Trade Agreement.