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Global Acumen Initiative

Being successful business leaders in the 21st century requires global acumen. As such, the Pamplin School of Business (PSOB) has implemented a global acumen requirement for all undergraduate business majors. The PSOB defines global acumen as the ability to identify, appreciate, and understand the cultural, economic and linguistic components of other cultures while reflecting the values and principles of our unifying global communities. Ideally, each PSOB student will achieve the Traveler, World Citizen or Sojourner Scholar level according to the Global and Intercultural Learning Outcomes.

The components of the undergraduate global acumen initiative include:


The Meaningful International Experience (MIE) may be different for every single student and must be pre-approved. All students will register for a one credit course, BUS 496- Meaningful International Experience, either during or after they have completed the MIE. No student will graduate without completing this requirement. Experiences that may qualify as an MIE include programs through UP Studies AbroadMoreau CenterEntrepreneur Scholars, international internships, and extensive cultural volunteer opportunities. The student will determine the most appropriate MIE for themselves. All expectations and documentation regarding MIEs will be made available to students through the online platform UP- Engage. 

For more information or questions about the Global Acumen requirement, please email or contact the Pamplin School of Business office at 503-943-7224.

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Bailey Shafer

Bailey Shafer - Class of 2019
Operations and Technology Management

"Study abroad gave me so much confidence. I did things I never would have dreamed of doing. Experiencing so many different cultures made the things I learned in the classroom so much more real. In my internship I was able to apply the skills I gained to effectively work with people all over the world."

John Ozyjowski

John Ozyjowski - Class of 2020

"In China, I learned the importance of knowing another person's background and culture. If you understand them as a person, you can collaborate on many tasks that you didn’t even know were possible. I am very glad I studied abroad because I can understand coming from different cultures is, yes different, but it’s also the same in ways you cannot imagine. This gave me a wider world view of what doing international business is like and knowing how to collaborate with others."

Bhanu Pamma

Bhanu Pamma - Class of 2019
Operations & Technology Management

"I had the opportunity to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of KPMG's Global Internship Program. It was my first time ever traveling to Asia so there was definitely a culture shock. I interacted with individuals from different cultures, tried a variety of traditional foods, and explored Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Working outside the United States enhanced my ability to adapt to new situations and broadened my perspective while polishing my communication skills. Now I can come back to the United States and be confident in interacting with people who have a different working style than mine as well as be comfortable with taking any opportunity that comes my way."

Katie Richmond

Katie Richmond - Class of 2018

"As an Entrepreneur Scholar, I was fortunate enough to travel to Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, Japan with the intention of meeting business professionals to assist in the development of my venture. These meetings were up to me to secure, which made for a challenging and extremely rewarding experience. Meeting with companies such as Wieden and Kennedy Tokyo and Birdman allowed me to learn about international marketing in a direct and genuine way. Overall, my trip to Japan gave me the confidence and guidance necessary to pursue a venture of my own."

August Urban

August Urban - Class of 2019
Operations & Technology Management

"The international travel aspect of the E-Scholars program was one of the most valuable experiences that it gave me. When you set foot in another country, you’re totally out of your comfort zone – and that’s the point. By traveling internationally, you broaden your mindset and understanding of the industry you’re going into as well as on a global scale. You start to think in a much grander scale of how your business will work, how it will benefit others, and what you can do to reach more people with your message. "