School of Business Making Friends in the International Community
The Columbia International University School of Business is making friends among those who assist the growing international community in the Columbia area.
School of Business Director Scott Adams hosted a lunch meeting in the Cook Entrepreneurial Center with local nonprofit agencies that offer services to internationals and educates people on international affairs. Adams presented an overview of the growth of CIU Business programs, the number of international students studying business at CIU, and how the Business and other CIU academic programs focus on CIU’s middle name: International.
The guests included Dickson Monk, executive director of the Columbia World Affairs Council, Pat Lawter, president of the Columbia Council for Internationals, and Jim Byrum of the Palmetto Council for International Visitors.
All at the lunch agreed that CIU and the organizations have much in common and can assist each other in educating the community about other nations, and in assisting internationals who are visiting the area, studying at one of Columbia’s higher education institutions or have made Columbia home.
Among possible future collaborations is participation in hosting a delegation from Russia scheduled to visit Columbia this fall.
CIU is experiencing growth in enrollment and has announced $25 million in expansion plans for the campus, including construction of the $20 million William H. Jones Global Business and IT Center. CIU is accredited by SACS-COC.