September 2014, Volume 18, Number 3

Powerful Partnerships

Students from Ecuador
While studying at MDC, students from Ecuador’s Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (UTE) toured the Miami branch of the Federal Reserve.

Real-World Skills Enter the Equation

A stretch of almost 1,800 miles separates Quito, Ecuador, from South Florida. But that broad expanse didn’t daunt nearly 100 students from the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (UTE) who eagerly crossed it to attend a recent three-day conference hosted by MDC’s School of Business. “Our seminar introduced students from Latin America to a U.S. perspective on business and finance,” said Dr. Ana Cruz, chair of the School of Business at Wolfson Campus and organizer of the event. “This is the fourth time students from UTE have visited us, which is a testament to MDC’s expertise and leadership.”

Focusing on finance and management, the academic exchange featured MDC professors and experts from the South Florida business community. “MDC introduced students to real-world examples –  not just theories and concepts,” said Cruz. “This gave them deeper insights into the financial world and what’s required to run a business.”

Seminar participants toured the Miami branch of the Federal Reserve, where they learned about the complex processes that link the U.S. to other global economies. They also witnessed the shredding of unfit currency, some of which finds its way into particle board, fuel pellets and even artwork. Upon completion of the program, they received certificates from the School of Business and Center for Financial Training (CFT). Another UTE/MDC business seminar is planned for October, when students from Santo Domingo will cross the Caribbean to study at the College.

— CG

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