A group of five Dominican college students will arrive at Boston today to participate in the final program of the 2015 year for the Global Dominican Academic Exchange Program (GDAE), from November 2-8, 2015 at Babson College. This GDAE has a special focus on the fields of Business and Entrepreneurship, as Babson College is the top entrepreneurship in the United States.
The Dominican participants are all studying business or entrepreneurship and hail from universities across the Dominican Republic. They will be received at Babson by their Dominican-American student hosts, with whom they will live, attend classes, and participate in an agenda of activities scheduled by the student hosts. The activities will take place during the International Education Week (IEW) so that it will coincide with activities and speakers representing and celebrating international exchange and education. Additional activities will include a tour of the campus and the historic city of Boston, a forum on Dominican/Dominican-American issues, a mixer with other Dominican student organizations in the Boston area, and a discussion with a Dominican business community leader about the American education system and their success in Business in the United States.
GDAE is a program that organizes a series of topic-specific events of short duration (maximum one week) in collaboration with the Dominican student organizations at a variety of United States universities throughout the year. The InteRDom staff works closely with student representatives to plan the activities, and then to recruit and bring students from Dominican universities to participate. Hosting events with different thematic concentrations ensures that diverse groups of Dominican students have the opportunity to participate.
The Global Dominican Academic Exchange program, a project of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), an extension of their internship, research, and study program, InteRDom, aims to introduce Dominican students to the American style of liberal arts education and encourage dialogue between Dominican students and their Dominican-American counterparts attending these institutions, thereby encouraging and inspiring partnership and entrepreneurship initiatives which will foster innovation and stimulate Dominican economic development and international understanding.