Monday, September 26, 2016

Dubai and Hong Kong: Two Powerful Cities - 12/26/2016 to 1/08/2017 (New Year's Eve in Dubai)

The modernization of Dubai is stunning to see. The class visits some of the biggest, tallest, and most impressive megastructures in the world (Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious and tallest standing hotel tower in the world; Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; Ferrari Worldi, world's fastest roller coaster; Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s most impressive modern Islamic architectural masterpieces; Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping destination; Emirates Palace, world’s most expensive hotel). Untouched by the region's unrest, the UAE is the most competitive economy in the Arab World, which is a status it has achieved by diversifying its economy and entering new business sectors such as finance, transportation/logistics, clean air technology, real estate, and tourism. No other place in the world offers the possibility for students to snow ski, visit the beach, and travel to the desert in the same day! Dubai is one of the most dynamic business environments in the world. Imposing architecture and sophisticated culture make Dubai one of the most interesting hot spots in the world to visit. Dubai brings together the highest standards of comfort and convenience with the mystical adventure of Arabia. From bustling souks to stunning skyscrapers to majestic deserts, Dubai is a truly enchanting destination to experience. 

Hong Kong has flourished for more than 150 years as a gateway between East and West. As one of the world's most fast-paced, and vibrant cities, it's become a true international power player. Hong Kong is frequently described as "Asia's World City."  HK is a world-class destination that serves as one of the world's leading financial centers, an international hub for business, a gateway to China and a springboard to other Asian cities. Honk Kong is Asia's pre-eminent international and cosmopolitan city with a unique blend of eastern and western heritage and culture

Hong Kong and Dubai have undergone a phenomenal growth in the last few decades and play a very pivotal role in the economy of their respective nations and regions. Considered among some of the best marketed destinations in the globe; they bring in a huge amount of investments along with human capital. Hong Kong and Dubai are frequently featured among the list of top 10 most visited cities in the world. This course involves traveling to Dubai and Hong Kong to observe the developmental trajectories of these two city states. These two strong cities are strategic gateways that constitute the trading centers and hubs in their regions. They are strategically situated with vibrant and impressive rates of economic growth. Both invest massively in the service industry with its three subsectors: tourism, finance and real estate. Dubai and Hong Kong stimulate economic growth and further expand their trade potential and create more opportunities for both regions. This course will examine Dubai and Hong Kong have many things in common that are worth careful examination. Dubai and Hong Kong both started few decades ago as small, politically fragile and economically weak city states that relied heavily on fishing to survive. Participants will see the commonalities between them and trace their success stories. Although they have extremely diverse histories and cultures, Dubai and Hong Kong are more similar in that both have few natural resources. Financial trade and tourism serve as their economic successes. Dubai and Hong Kong are efficient and innovative—with diverse populations. Hong Kong and Dubai are destinations of international standing and are city states that  developed from scratch and are products of strategic planning, die hard entrepreneurial spirit and openness towards change.  

The coursew ill also visit Abu Dhabi and and Macao.Macao is one of Asia’s newest and most exciting business destinations, after a period of rapid and unprecedented infrastructure development. Macao,is a city of world heritage stature that also boasts one of the world’s most spectacular and modern skylines; a city that blends the rich traditions of Chinese and Portuguese cultures which is reflected in its lifestyle, food, restaurants, architecture and festivities. Abu Dhabi is the federal capital and center of government in the United Arab Emirates. It is the largest city of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and one of the most modern cities in the world

The program fee is estimated at $3,100 and includes UM tuition (3 credit hour class that meets the cultural competence requirement), fees, hotel accommodations, fees for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, transportation to all visits, one or two meals per day (lunches or dinner), and course reading materials. This is a higher estimate than previously provided but the prices for accommodations are higher as a result of the holidays plus you are spending New Years in a city that many people want to visit for New Years Eve and this also drives up the cost. Airfare not included. Final fee will be determined at a later date. Estimated Airfare: $1,500-$1,900. 

The Office of Education Abroad is now accepting applications:

Expectations/Course Requirements for all study trips

Study trips are very different from trips that you would take as a tourist. During the trip, students participate in activities closely integrated with course content including visits to multinational and local companies, meetings with government officials and senior executives, meeting with UMD graduates, and excursions to important landmarks. These experiences provide differentiating traits that can be extremely useful when applying for internships or jobs throughout your college tenure. The course meets the University Diversity(global competence) requirement.

Global Scholarships

In the past, the Provost has generously provided the Smith School with scholarship funds in order to encourage business students to study abroad for the first time. Scholarships are provided to Smith School, BSE, and QUEST students who have never been abroad on a UMD program before and who have not previously studied abroad or transferred in credits from a foreign university. The scholarship amount is $500.  

Please refer to the following link for more information about scholarships and financing:

Other scholarships are listed at


Job Opportunity: Tutors for High School Students

UMD Pre-College Programs (Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science) is currently hiring juniors, seniors and grad students to work as tutors with our high school academic/college prep programs!  We have immediate openings for tutors in the following subjects: English, Spanish, French, History, and/or Government.

The position and application is also posted on our website at the following link:

For best consideration, individuals should submit application, resume, and transcript as soon as possible to the address listed on the application.

Connect with someone across the world! The UMD Portal is indeed on campus (outside of The Clarice) & will be here through November 18

More information about the project is here:
The schedule and online sign-up is located here:

Pre-Med Society at Ledo's Pizza October 3, 6-9PM

UMD Pre-Medical Society is hosting a social event at Ledo’s Pizza on Thursday October 3rd from 6-9PM! Take a break and grab a slice of pizza with your friends! Attending this event will give you 1 social point, which is a requirement to be an active member at the end of the semester. Hope to see you there!

Event Date: October 3, 2016
Event Start Time: 6-9PM
Event Location: Ledo's Pizza
Contact Persons: Suraj Jaladanki, Monica Attia
Contact Email:

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Informational - 9/28 | 7:30pm (Margaret Brent, Stamp)

Want to get involved on campus? Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. promotes academic excellence, political activism, community service, sisterhood and much more, so come out and learn how you can join our sorority. We are “Latin by tradition, not by definition”, which means we pride ourselves in accepting women from all backgrounds, races, sexualities, religions, etc.

Our first informational will take place this Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30pm in the Margaret Brent room. Business attire is recommended. Come meet sisters and learn how the FIRST and LARGEST latin sorority in the nation came to be!

Benefits of joining LTA include:
  • Network of sisters across the U.S. to gain advice, job opportunities, references, and support from
  • Platform to advocate for your passions (feminism, Islam, immigration, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA identities, rugby, special education, etc.)
  • Finding a home away from home with 11 other women
  • Leadership conferences every semester
  • Homecoming and Greek Week activities
Check us out on Instagram: @LTA_upsilon , Twitter: @LTA_upsilon , Facebook: /UpsilonLambdaLadies or you can email us

Friday, September 23, 2016

Global Terrorism Minor Application Open - Apps Due 9/30

As a member of this program, you can expect to gain real-world experience to prepare you for a future in graduate education, research studies, and careers in the homeland security and counterterrorism fields.  Although housed in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, we offer an inter-disciplinary program and encourage individuals from all majors to apply.

If you want to learn more about the Minor before applying, we will be holding two information sessions to discuss details and answer student questions.

Session 1: Thursday, September 15th from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm in Tydings Hall, Room 1102
Session 2: Monday, September 19th from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm in Tydings Hall, Room 1101.
If these times do not work for you, feel free to email us ( with questions or schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the Education Team.
Access additional information about the Minor and the Application Portal at the following site:

Applications are due on September 30th by 5pm.

Service Opportunities in Asia - Princeton in Asia Talk - 10/3


Interested in teaching on the coast of Thailand, studying environmental conservation in the foothills of the Himalayas, reporting for a leading newspaper in Myanmar, or working on local economic development in Mongolia? Then step out of the country, out of your comfort zone, and out of the cubicle and apply to Princeton in Asia (PiA).

Learn more about PiA from Roya Montazedi, a former PiA fellow in Japan. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear firsthand from a PiA alumna and ask her any questions you may have.

PRINCETON IN ASIA INFORMATION SESSION: Monday, October 3, 4:00-5:00 pm, 1310 A Marie Mount Hall. Please RSVP to

PiA fosters mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities. Founded in 1898, PiA is one of the oldest not-for-profit organizations of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. For the 2017-2018 academic year, PiA expects to offer 130 yearlong fellowships in 21 Asian countries in the fields of access to education, environmental sustainability, public health, economic development, social justice and access to information. The program has an active group of fellows and alumni who, inspired by their yearlong PiA experience, maintain a lifetime commitment to Asia and PiA.

PiA is open to graduates of all colleges and universities and requires no prior Asian experience or language skills.

The application is due November 11th, and can be found here:

Please email with any questions about PiA or the application. 

Roya Motazedi graduated from UMD in 2012 with majors in Japanese and in International Relations & East Asia (through the Individual Studies Program). After graduating as a proud Terp, Roya did a two- year fellowship in Japan with the Princeton in Asia (PiA) fellowship program.  As a PiA fellow, Roya lived in a small, rural town in Japan called Yakage where she spent two years teaching English at eight different kindergarten and nursery schools. Additionally, as a PiA fellow, Roya was employed at the Yakage Town Hall where she helped organize English events for the town, contributed to re-creating the town's bilingual teaching plan, and interacted with her Japanese co-workers on a daily basis (including the Mayor!). Roya concluded her PiA fellowship in 2014 and is currently in her final year of law school at the George Washington University Law School.