Yet another incredible blog from the RIT traveler to Dubai.
This video was created by students at the American University in Kosovo with assistance from Professor Daniel Cosentino in the Multimedia and Visual Communication concentration. Thanks to the following participants: Anila Qehaja (Sophomore), Arelinda Lila (Senior), Astia Doci (Sophomore), Blond Gerqari (Senior), Deniz Tortoshi (Alumnus), Fir Meta (Senior), Gemza Burgija (Junior), Gonxhe Mula (Senior), Liridona Sopjani (Senior), Marigona Kastrati (Senior), Rina Hapciu (Freshmen), Rita Saraci (Senior), and Valbona Hoti (Junior).
Rochester Institute of Technology students had the opportunity to create innovative, sustainable designs for a park in Istanbul, Turkey, without ever having to leave campus. The designs are now on display at the Istanbul Design Fair.
Please enjoy Nick’s blog and consider seeing Middle East with your own eyes!
“RIT is already one of the most engaged universities internationally you will find anywhere in the world.”
See full article: RIT University Magazine_Fall 2012
RIT Global is very proud to inform you that an RIT student Maxwell Scott from the Center of Multidisciplinary Studies( CMS) and an RIT Alum Miguel Adames came together to conducted research in Kosovo. They have used this unique international opportunity to learn by collecting data and surveying people in Kosovo about their knowledge of lead contamination. We are so proud of Max and Miguel who traveled, learned and shared their knowledge with the Kosovars! We are sure that this exciting summer will stay in our friends’ memories forever. What a wonderful way to spread their knowledge and improve the world we live in!
Back in 2011 a group of Engineering students from RIT decided to explore the opportunities that were offered to them by RIT Dubai. They embarked on an incredible journey to the Middle East while taking RIT courses. They all participated in RIT Dubai activities, made friends with students at RIT Dubai from all over the world, and went on many trips that they organized in the form of a diary. Thanks to Maddie Burke we have a chance to read about their impressions and adventures in the United Arab Emirates.
In May 2012 RIT Global welcomed the students from RIT Partner universities to RIT’s 127th commencement celebration in New York. International students traveled thousands of miles to participate in the Commencement and Convocation events in Rochester; happy smiles on their faces showed that all their efforts were very much worth it!
We were so happy to meet Ɖeni Paskojević, the undergraduate student delegate from the American College of Management and Technology (ACMT) from Dubrovnik, Croatia and Donjeta Sahatciu, the undergraduate student delegate chosen from the American University in Kosovo. We were also excited to welcome five students and one alumnus from RIT Dubai and 12 students from the American University in Kosovo.
New graduates met with their faculty and spoke to all of us of the great times that they shared during their academic years. RIT colleges and RIT Global hosted receptions that gave us all a real opportunity to speak to our guests, laugh, and celebrate their outstanding achievements.
RIT Global had an honor to share the spirit of celebration with Don Hudspeth, the President and Dean of ACMT and Luther Troell, interim President of RIT Dubai.
Academic Convocation that started on the U.S. campus proceeded to our graduates’ home schools overseas.
Please view our gallery for 2012 Academic Commencement ceremonies in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.
Dubai has burst on the global scene in the past three decades as a bustling metropolis in the Persian Gulf.
And first impressions count: “The people are very polite and hospitable to their guests.” “The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the eighth largest mosque in the world, is nothing short of magnificent.” “Dubai is a marketer’s dream: There is advertising everywhere.”
It was a mixture of business and pleasure as 14 honors students from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology went to Dubai during spring break. And daily reports by Geoffrey Blosat, a second-year student majoring in international business, and Kristen Erickson, a senior in new media marketing, were featured the week of March 5 in an online blog at Rochester’s DemocratandChronicle.com.
Blosat, a native of Buffalo, says the experience, especially touring the trading floor of the Dubai Financial Market, was enlightening. “Their market is young and growing and it makes progress by the day,” he says.
“We also saw that the RIT Dubai campus is a great option for Rochester students to get an international education. I would love to study there.”
Tom Traub, international adjunct professor in the Saunders College, says it was a great experience to accompany the students as a chaperone during this educational and cultural trip to the United Arab Emirates. “The business presentations and tours of the companies were priceless! In addition, the cultural excursions and talks by the guides were so interesting and filled with facts, the students had sensory overload at times.”
Graham Forsey, a Saunders College accounting major who receives access services from RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was accompanied by two RIT sign-language interpreters who traveled with him from Rochester. Dubai, he says, is a long stretch from his home in Newfoundland, Canada. “It is sunny all the time; there’s no need to check the weather every morning when deciding what to wear,” Forsey says. “I am also very impressed with how Dubai managed itself to be a huge city in so short a period of time. I loved how we visited a wide range of companies, public utilities like Dubai Aluminum and Dubai Energy and Water Authority, to services like KPMG, to tangible products like Hircon, an apartment corporation, to meeting people like Dr. Mohammed Nurul Alam, an expert on Islamic finance.”
From a female perspective, Erickson said she learned a great deal from Josephine Ford, managing director for business development for General Electric’s global growth and operations team. “She provided insights on women in business and helped us understand that attitudes toward women in the Middle East are changing,” said Erickson in her blog. “While women in business here is not as common as in the U.S., it’s becoming more accepted and expected.”
But it was all business for Erickson when she spent one afternoon shopping at Dubai’s famous “Souks,” the outdoor street markets where local merchants sell their wares. “I found some beautiful Middle Eastern scarves and came home with too many of them,” she laughs, “but I did learn how to barter to get the best price.”