July 30, 2013 12:00AM
When Ahmad Tamin decided to leave his native Afghanistan to study in the United States, he was a bit nervous about how he would be received.
“I thought that, being from Afghanistan, some people may not be so receptive,” said Tamin, one of 29 students to complete the Pittsburg State University Mini-MBA program this week. “What I found, though, was that everyone here was very friendly and welcoming. It was a wonderful experience.”
And it was one that he hopes to repeat.
“I plan to go back home and then apply for the full MBA program at Pitt State,” Tamin said. “I hope to be back here very soon.”
Tamin and his fellow Mini-MBA graduates were recognized for their achievement during a ceremony in the Governor’s Room of the Overman Student Center. Dr. Paul Grimes, dean of the Kelce College of Business, and Dr. Michael Muoghalu, director of the MBA program, gave brief remarks. Each student then received a certificate of completion and some Pitt State-themed mementos.
Now in its fifth year, the International Mini MBA program features eight three-hour sessions and provides people from all around the world a chance to learn about business philosophy and practice in the United States. Topics covered include international negotiation, situational leadership, strategic global human resource management and marketing strategies.
“The United States is the center for global commerce,” Muoghalu said. “If you want to learn about business, there is no better place to do it than in the United States. That’s why many of these students come to our program. They want to study in the United States, and they want to study at a premier business college.”
With nearly 30 students from 11 different countries, this year’s group of students was the largest in the program’s history.
“That is a testament to the ongoing success of the International Mini MBA program and to the quality of education one can receive at the Kelce College of Business,” Muoghalu said.
Max Cears, a 22-year-old from Belgium, said he enjoyed the variety of lessons that were taught during the three-week program.
“There were classes in all different fields, and it was fun and very interesting,” he said. “It was a pleasant experience to receive such a diverse education in such a short time.”
Cears, who spent time in the northeast before traveling to Pittsburg, said he was impressed by what he saw in what he describes as the “real America.”
“I had been up in Philadelphia, New York and Washington,” Cears said, “but I was anxious to see the other side of America. I was excited to see so much green. I really feel like this is the real America.”
There were 15 students from Nigeria in this year’s program. Other countries represented include Afghanistan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Tanzania. The students range in age from 23 to 65.
Tamin, the first student from Afghanistan to participate in the program, said he was glad he took the chance to travel here for the program.
“You can learn so much about such a variety of business topics, from marketing and how to develop an effective presentation,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to learn about business in America and how to use that knowledge all over the world.”