Carleton’s B.I.B. program celebrates 10 years

Students, faculty and alumni will gather at the Museum of Civilization this month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Carleton’s most distinctive programs, the Bachelor of International Business (B.I.B.).
Since its creation, the B.I.B. program has seen a significant growth in enrolment, partially due to the popularity of its required component of a year of study abroad. The program currently boasts 23 partner institutions in 11 countries, and the recent addition of Mandarin as one of the options for intensive language training.

Program advisor Lorna Unger says the foreign exchange is a “transformative experience for students.

“It’s so necessary to develop important intercultural skills needed in today’s global village,” she explains. “By seeing the world, it makes you a better Canadian and a better global citizen. It’s amazing to see the maturity of the students when they return.”

Alumna Laura Byspalko (B.I.B./02) says her year abroad at a private business school in Paris gave her insight and understanding of the world outside Canada. After graduation, Byspalko travelled to India on an internship sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and is now currently working for a public environmental solutions company in Vancouver.

“The B.I.B. degree has definitely played a role in my successes to date,” she says. “It really opened my eyes to new perspectives and has afforded me a bigger picture view in my daily interactions.”

Alumnus Peter Hall (M.A./87), Deputy Chief Economist from Export Development Canada, will speak at the celebration dinner, while live entertainment and food from participating B.I.B. countries will be showcased at the event.

The celebrations also include raising funds for the establishment of a new B.I.B. scholarship to an outstanding second-year student who has displayed a passion for internationalism in his or her academic and extracurricular activities.

“The scholarship will help defray costs to study abroad. The aim is to cover the components of the flight and health insurance,” she explains.

Whatever direction B.I.B. graduates will take in life, they will take home many experiences from participating in the year-long exchange.

“The program does a great job of preparing students for their global careers in business,” says Unger.

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