Two international business students from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina will head to Oxford University in January as part of a new programme addressing the world’s most pressing business issues.
Andrew Kovtun and Jon Thompson are the first students selected for the Moore School’s newly established International Business – Oxford Scholar Program.
The intent of the IB-Oxford Scholars Programme is to provide students with an intensive study experience that combines the functional areas of business (ie. management, finance and marketing) with a deeper understanding of the philosophical, cultural, social and economic contexts of a global environment.
Each year a pair of students from the Moore School’s top-ranked international business program will attend Oxford’s prestigious Lady Margaret Hall College for two of its three terms. Selection is based on a rigorous process including an application, essays and interviews that demonstrate superior critical thinking and communication abilities.
“The selection of IB Oxford Scholars represents the very highest distinction awarded to our international business majors. Andrew and Jon reflect the very best of the University of South Carolina,” says Nancy Buchan, associate dean of the Moore School’s undergraduate programme and associate professor of international business.
“We’re proud to be able to provide the opportunity for the finest students from the University of South Carolina to learn among the world’s elite students at Oxford and to tap into the employment prospects that such an esteemed educational experience can offer,” – Nancy Buchan, associate dean of the Moore School undergraduate programme
The IB-Oxford Scholars Programme is the latest example of academic partnerships being forged by the Moore School with the world’s top business schools and universities. In 2013 the undergraduate international business program reorganized its required study abroad component by establishing exchange partnerships with more than 40 premier business schools in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.
The Moore School is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for its undergraduate international business program and its international MBA program and No. 1 in undergraduate IB by Bloomberg Businessweek.