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Senior economics major Mike Maguire, center, catches up with students he met in Hubli, India, during a Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation program reception at University Crossing.
June 25, 2017

UMass Lowell global entrepreneurship program expands reach

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China trip added to summer sessions that draw 116 students from 7 countries to campus

Life-changing experiences can be few and far between, but senior economics major Mike Maguire discovered one last winter when he traveled to India with the Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation study abroad program.
 
“It was incredible. I loved every second of it,” says Maguire, who enjoyed the Manning School of Business program so much that he re-enrolled in the intensive two-week course once again this summer when it was held at UMass Lowell.
 
Maguire was one of 18 undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the three-credit summer session, which offered an opportunity to collaborate on entrepreneurial projects in small groups with 43 students visiting from India, China and Japan. A second summer session drew 55 MBA students from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
 
Since launching in 2014, the Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation program has attracted more than 600 students from eight countries. “And that’s because we have so many faculty, staff and guests at UMass Lowell who have supported us throughout,” says Manning School senior lecturer Ashwin Mehta, who runs the program along with Nitin Kulkarni from KLE Technological University in Hubli, India.

The program alternates between winter sessions in Hubli and summer sessions in Lowell — and this summer a new session was added in China. In July, Mehta and Assoc. Prof. Yi Yang, chair of the Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation department, will take three UMass Lowell students to Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunication, an international partner institution of the university. Once there, they will collaborate with 20 KLE students as well as students from Nanjing.
 
Sophia Laura DeAraujo participated in last winter’s India course before graduating from the Manning School in May with a concentration in international business. She says the experience was a major factor in landing a full-time job at Alcyone Lifesciences, a Lowell biotech company whose CEO hails from India.
“When I was able to say during my interview that I was in Hubli, at the college where the Deshpande Foundation is based, that was a big selling point,” says DeAraujo, who shared her story with the summer participants — including several friends she made in India — during a reception at University Crossing. “Going to India opened my eyes to so many new things, and I am so thankful for this program.”
 
In addition to the group project work, the summer program features guest lectures from a dozen Manning School faculty members, a tour of the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub and visits to local tech companies. Students in this summer’s first session visited Amazon Robotics in North Reading, Wintriss Controls in Acton and MKS Instruments Inc. in Methuen, where alum Jerry Colella ’78 is CEO and president.
 
Another alum, Wayne Cole ’90, gave students an overview of the global operations at MKS and a tour of the facility that focused on process and environmental analysis solutions.
“When I was able to say during my interview that I was in Hubli, at the college where the Deshpande Foundation is based, that was a big selling point,” says DeAraujo, who shared her story with the summer participants — including several friends she made in India — during a reception at University Crossing. “Going to India opened my eyes to so many new things, and I am so thankful for this program.”
 
In addition to the group project work, the summer program features guest lectures from a dozen Manning School faculty members, a tour of the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub and visits to local tech companies. Students in this summer’s first session visited Amazon Robotics in North Reading, Wintriss Controls in Acton and MKS Instruments Inc. in Methuen, where alum Jerry Colella ’78 is CEO and president.
 
Another alum, Wayne Cole ’90, gave students an overview of the global operations at MKS and a tour of the facility that focused on process and environmental analysis solutions.
 

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