UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


GBC funds new global initiatives developed by Kenan-Flagler student clubs


The Global Business Center has awarded grants to two UNC Kenan-Flagler clubs through a new initiative designed to develop programs that expand students’ global competence and have a good chance of becoming self-sustaining.

GBC received five proposals in early September. The center selected two projects that appeared to be most sustainable and aligned with the center’s mission of helping UNC Kenan-Flagler students develop greater understanding of global business practices and their ability to conduct business effectively in the global marketplace.

“Clubs offer a unique opportunity for GBC to tap and leverage the existing interests and networks of students who are already focused on the issues and areas in which they are most interested,” said GBC Executive Director Julia Kruse. “Our goal is to encourage them to integrate a global perspective into their club activities. The proposals we received from students show great excitement and commitment in how they would like to do that.”

GBC offered grants ranging from $500-$2,000 for projects designed to increase student global competence, particularly focusing on the emerging markets of China, India and Brazil.

GBC awarded its inaugural 2013-2014 grants to these club projects:

  • Globalizing the Retail Conference, UNC Kenan-Flagler Retail Club – Students proposed focusing at least 25 percent of their annual conference and future events on global content. Topics will cover current global challenges and opportunities, such as panels discussing issues for retailers opening stores globally or consumer packaged goods companies that sell to retailers around the globe, and challenges specific to particular countries. The Retail Club expects 150 conference participants will benefit from these programs in 2014.
  • Globetrotter: Expanding Reach and Impact, UNC Kenan-Flagler International Business Association – IBA proposed using its grant funding to add three new components to its Globetrotter program, a quarterly event that leverages the rich experience of the international student body to expand all students’ understanding of the globalized business world. The club will pair past participants of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Global Immersion Electives and Global Business Projects with an international student presenter to add comparative perspectives. IBA will invite faculty cultural experts from UNC’s language departments and area studies centers to join selected sessions as presenters. They will also open the series to undergraduate business students, expanding the benefit of their presentations about the societal, economic and cultural aspects of featured countries.

GBC will call for proposals for mini-grants for MBA and undergraduate business student clubs every fall.

For more information about GBC and its programs for students, faculty, staff and businesses, visit www.gbc.unc.edu.