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Two students from the American University of Afghanistan Yafoor Waizi and Qudrat Alizada, were selected to attend the 2015 Global Business Institute program.  The program was organized by Kelley School of Business, and took place at Indiana University (IU) from 21st June till 18th July 2015.

The Global Business Institute (GBI) is collaboration between Kelley School of Business with the U.S. Department of State and The Coca-Cola Company. This multi-faceted, immersive program was designed to give a select group of students from across participating countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Near Asia the opportunity to learn about business in the context of American culture. In 2015, the selection process was highly competitive with more than 10,000 students from Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, and Tunisia applying for the 100 program spots.

The students gained a basic understanding of American business practices through an accelerated four-week curriculum based on the core elements of the Kelley School of Business undergraduate program; which is one of the top-ranked programs in the United States. Highlighted courses included: Introduction to the Future of Business, Communications, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Operations, Business Ethics, Human Resources, and Economics. Students were also exposed to American culture through formal and informal interactive programming. Interactive sessions included group discussions on the material covered in the courses, as well as cultural and regional-specific implementation talks. In addition to the more traditional classroom sessions, students also engaged in a series of panels and site visits to introduce them to the wide variety of entrepreneurial venture opportunities.

“Overall, it was a unique example of a great teamwork, which resulted in such unprecedented achievement for our team and our nation,” said Yafoor Waizi. “I and the rest of our group are proud to be able to present the real picture of Afghans- ambitious, industrious, friendly and elegant!”

Students were placed in small teams of three to four to work on a group feasibility study project that culminated in a final presentation. The project required students to develop and conduct a feasibility study of a business idea to launch in their home countries and necessitated them drawing upon what they have learned in the program. Teams had 25 minutes to present their work and answer questions from an elite panel of judges.

“There were a total of 27 teams from 9 countries, among whom our team-Ruby Saffron, achieved the 3rd position among 27 teams!” said Qudrat Alizada.

The program concluded with visits to Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, culminating in a meeting with The Coca-Cola Company CEO; Muhtar Kent. Additionally while in Washington, D.C., 10 of the student teams had the opportunity to present their feasibility studies to the U.S. Department of State, which included Team Afghanistan!