Assumption MBA Students Make Italian Connection

Assumption College’s new “MBA in Italy” program was in the spotlight Sunday, July 29, 2012, as Telegram & Gazette Business Editor Aaron Nicodemus wrote a column about it for the newspaper’s “Business Matters” weekly supplement.

Eight Assumption College students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program visited Italy in May for three weeks to help small Italian businesses grow. In Nicodemus’ column, headlined “Assumption Students Make an Italian Connection,” he writes that while part of this pilot program, the students’ goal was to learn how the Italian economy operates, why it’s in trouble, and what impact they may have in helping the businesses.

“Their task, according to J. Bart Morrison, associate professor of management at Assumption and the director of the college’s MBA program, was to create marketing and export plans for several small- to mid-sized Italian businesses in the city of Varese, population 80,000. Varese is in the northwest corner of Italy, about 30 miles north of Milan,” the column states. “On a larger scale, Mr. Morrison said, the program’s goal is to forge a connection between the Italian companies and the university, and perhaps to Worcester’s business community.”

Nicodemus quotes Professor Morrison as saying: “I think all students think they can change the world, and these students are no different. In this case, I think they saw a way they can do it, attempting to assist with a real international issue. They’re playing a small but important part in trying to pull Italy out of its slump.”

“MBA in Italy” complements Assumption’s already established presence in Italy. Earlier this year, the College announced it would open a campus in the country’s capital, Rome. Classes there are scheduled to start in spring 2013.

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Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews