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New UTRGV Online Graduate Certificate Focuses on Global Sustainability Management

Dr. Edith Galy, UTRGV associate professor of international business and entrepreneurship, has helped develop a new graduate certificate program in international sustainability management, under the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship. The program consists of four graduate business classes totaling 12 credit hours and will be available online beginning fall 2019. The program is designed to help prepare students for careers in an increasingly competitive global market. Courtesy Photo

by Victoria Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The Graduate College at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has approved a new graduate certificate under the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship aimed at preparing students for careers in international sustainability management.

The certificate, which consists of four graduate business classes totaling 12 credit hours, will be offered online beginning fall 2019. It is open to all majors who have a bachelor’s degree.

“Sustainability has now become key for all modern enterprises and it involves a global challenge,” said Dr. Edith Galy, UTRGV associate professor of international business and entrepreneurship, and a developer of the program. “We are trying to recruit managers who have tools on how to develop sustainability programs not only within their companies, but within a competitive global market.”

 

The certificate will consist of the following four three-hour required courses:

INTB 6303 International Business.

INTB 6393 Topics Course (topics will vary from Globalization, Consumption Culture and Sustainability).

INTB 6313 International Supply Chain Management.

INTB 6323 Global Leadership Theory & Sustainability Issues.

 

International Supply Chain Management and Global Leadership Theory and Sustainability Issues are newly created courses, approved in February by the UTRGV Graduate College.

“It is a challenge to build a curriculum that is up to date with social issues,” Galy said. “Since this is a relatively new and emerging issue, and almost an emergency now, businesses have to be aware and develop their own programs to see how they help in the sustainability plight.”

She said employers currently are looking for people who have an interest in sustainability.

“Individuals need to be able to show leadership in this area and come up with ideas on how to achieve it,” she said. “We cannot rely on our old economic logic. We need to think of new plans and ideas. Businesses out there are really looking for this skillset. This, combined with international business, is really good for our area.”

 

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