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A Message From the Dean

Dean Scott Dawson

One of the best experiences I’ve had in my career happened just months ago.

Twenty-five Orfalea students and I ventured to Saigon and Shanghai for 10 full days that included a visit to a Nike shoe factory, a tea company, the War Museum in Saigon, a new Disney amusement park, the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, and an EY fraud unit. By the end, the enhanced worldview and maturity of students was palpable.

These global experiences play a major role in enhancing how career-ready our students become. This effort starts with our seasoned faculty, who continuously bring their own international perspective into the classroom. Roughly 25 percent of Orfalea students study abroad, while hundreds more engage in short field studies to absorb the cultural and economic atmospheres. So many of our 27,000 alumni have embraced opportunities worldwide — not just to travel, but to leverage supply chains, target markets and talent pools that lie beyond borders.

Our trip to Asia was just one of many international opportunities fueling growth
at Orfalea. The following pages include stories about these experiences and the
outstanding achievements of our students, faculty and alumni.

Scott Dawson
Dean, Orfalea College of Business


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