Global Institute for Leadership and Management Development
UVI professor Lectures of globalization in India
By Ayesha Morris
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Solomon Kabuka, a University of the Virgin Islands professor of international business and management, recently returned to the territory after being invited to present a paper on globalization in India.
Kabuka, who serves as Director of the Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean, was invited to New Delhi, India’s capital city by the Rotary Club.
He was among a dozen business faculty selected from American universities to spend from Dec. 28 to Jan. 11 studying the Indian economy and society. While in India, he also lectured on globalization at the management Development Institute in Gurgaon, New Delhi.
Kabuka described his two-week stay as “excellent".
“I had a chance to visit a number of India’s industries that are used as outsourcing companies for the United States, Europe, and Japan,” Kabuka said.
While there, he shared a paper titled “Building Human Capital to meet the Global Challenges and Opportunities,” which highlighted the university’s intensive training program.
During the course of two weeks every summer, about 50 students with leadership potential from 30 universities meet to study global business environment, culture and communication, and leadership concepts and practices.
Since it began 11 years ago, the program has had 400 students from the Caribbean, U.S. mainland, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
“It trains students with information, knowledge, and skills on functioning effectively in a global environment”, he said.
The students explore different world economies, political systems, and social norms. The program also includes sensitivity to languages, such as Japanese, Spanish, French, and Papiamento by studying basic greetings.
His year, Kabuka said the institute will include a forum that focuses on China and India and will focus on one of the Chinese languages. While in India, Kabuka presented the UVI program as a model that the country could use to train its own business leaders to compete in the world market.
“India can benefit from a program like that, that can train many of their leaders to be global leaders, and to have some knowledge and awareness of the global business environment, cultures of the world, and how different parts of the world communicate”, he said. “Many of them have not been to the countries, societies and cultures they are providing services for.”