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Indian River State College to Host International Conference of Colleges on November 13-15

Indian River State College to Host International Conference of Colleges on November 13-15

November 18, 2022 Jon Pine

FORT PIERCE—Faculty from colleges in six countries joined faculty and students from Indian River State College (IRSC) for an International Conference of Colleges November 13-15 in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Building Y) on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

IBSEN Group 2022 Conference

Attendees at the 2022 IBSEN Conference of Colleges in Fort Pierce, FL.

The purpose of the conference is to develop academic relationships and highlight opportunities for study abroad, international internships, and to share goals and ideas for innovative teaching methods and materials. The International Business Student Exchange Network (IBSEN) meets twice each year at member colleges in May and November. Each meeting consists of four sessions—teaching, business/institutions, internal meetings, and interaction. The last meeting was in May 2022 at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. This is the first time the meeting will be held at IRSC.

The participating colleges include Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany; The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands; Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic; South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Universite Polytechnique Hauts-De-France, France; and University of Cagliari, Italy.

“The International Business and Student Exchange Network has been a valuable partner for student study abroad programs, knowledge exchange, and international experience for IRSC,” said IRSC Dean of Business Dr. Prashanth Pilly.

The event started Monday morning, November 14, with remarks by IBSEN President Dr. Alessandro Spano, via Zoom from Italy; IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore; and IRSC Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Heather Belmont. IBSEN Vice President Dr. Armand Van Oostrom (Netherlands) then updated the attendees on the latest developments, achievements and projects of IBSEN members, and introduced potential IBSEN candidates, followed by elections.

Other presentations and workshops were led by Dr. Jonathan Brindle from France; Tom Kindred, Director of the Florida Small Business Development Center; Michael Hageloh, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for IRSC; Dr. Angela Browning, IRSC Vice President of Research and Institutional Effectiveness; and faculty from the IRSC School of Business.

Attendees broke out into discussion groups, held a Board of Trustees meeting, and toured the OCULUS Surgical facility and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, both in Port St. Lucie.

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