Five Key Insights into Virtual Exchange

Virtual exchanges connect student across cultures via technology to
work together on projects

I recently moderated a lively discussion about virtual exchange in the webinar Internationalize Your Business Degree Program Through Virtual Exchange with two professors from our Business & Culture virtual exchange program, John Branch of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Marina Apaydin of American University of Beirut. Many thought-provoking points were raised during the session, so it was hard to pare them down to just five! Here they are:

  1. Virtual exchange can be a competitive advantage for a university, distinguishing it as tech savvy and on the cutting edge. Virtual exchange offers students an opportunity to connect with peers from different countries without needing to travel. As such, it is convenient for students while at the same time adding a ‘spark’ to their educational experience.

Note: The webinar was organized with my colleagues from the Global Virtual Learning Center at the William Davidson Institute. Business & Culture: A Virtual Practicum is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

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Amy Gillett

Amy Gillett writes about entrepreneurship, management education, technology and online learning.