Previous Intiatives


In January 2017, the Marxe School hosted a 2nd cohort of Chinese students from our partner institution in China, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), for a 2-week long Short-term Program in Public Administration. UESTC students were provided a unique opportunity to learn how public and nonprofit organizations are involved in the policy process how municipalities are managed, the role of government in a local, state, and federal locality, and other related topics.


In February 2017, a cohort of XMPA Program Students at the Marxe School held a Leadership Symposium at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. The class met with government, business, and nonprofit sector representatives. In advance of the Symposium, students had prepared for the meeting through the reading of news articles, case studies, and background information on the organizations.


In March 2017, a group of Marxe graduate students participated in a 2-week Intensive Program in Public Administration in Poznan, Poland that focused on the theme of "Youth and Unemployment". The program was designed to help different groups understand unemployment in other countries, and see similarities and differences in hopes of finding solutions. To prepare for the program, students wrote a report and prepared a presentation to be held during the first week of the program about youth and unemployment in their country prior to departure for Poznan.


As part of the "Make a Global Perspective Central to the Baruch Experience" goal, the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs Office of Global Initiatives established annual seminars with our partner institution in Argentina - the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE).

In 2017, Marxe faculty held seminars to deliver lectures on a wide range of topics. These seminars were on the following topics:

  • "Urban Development and Sustainability" - This seminar, taught by Edgar Zavala, focused on local economic development planning, and how government agencies and nonprofit organizations use techniques to improve neighborhood and business districts.

  • "Are You In or Are You Out? Globalization, International Organizations and the Power of the State" - This seminar, taught by Professor Carla Robbins, examined the role of multilateral (global and regional) institutions and governance, and asked whether they can make the world a safer, more just place.

  • "The Lodging Industry: Insights, Trends & Opportunities" - This seminar, taught by Professor Lynda Dias, focused on current issues and trends in the hospitality industry, and exposed students to case studies and challenged them to view the industry on a global and generational level and think about delivering a lodging product for a defined market segment.


In June 2017, the Marxe School hosted a second group of individuals from Vietnam for a 2-week professional development Executive Certificate Program. The goals of the Executive Certificate Program were to enhance the knowledge and skills of leaders and to foster innovative strategies for excellence in the management of public office, and building a streamlined working structure of the political system to enable it to work efficiently and effectively.


In July 2017, the Marxe School hosted a group of individuals from Seoul in South Korea for a 10-day professional development Executive Certificate Program. The goals of the Executive Certificate Program were to learn about the strategic management of city and state relationships, urban planning, and public management in urban settings. The curriculum was based on bridging theory and practice by incorporating real world case-studies to lectures in addition to engaging site visits.


Ten Marxe students were awarded Marxe Study Away Awards to study abroad this past summer in four different cities, which included Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Berlin in Germany, Chengdu in China, and Da Nang in Vietnam.

Five MPA students studied at the University of Amsterdam. They studied courses that covered different topics in the humanities, urban studies, political science and social sciences. The programs they took part in were: "Security Governance and Conflict Resolution", "The Everyday City and Beyond", and "The Urban Food Experience: Exploring Food and the City in Amsterdam".

One BSPA student studied at the Berlin School of Economics & Law in a course called "How Europe Works: Institutions & Law in the EU". The course was a business law programme that offered a unique blend of business, law, politics, language and culture, and offered students the chance to undertake a demanding, in-depth study of the European Union.

An MPA student and XMPA student participated in the 2017 "Discover SWUFE" Summer School hosted by the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. This was a diverse 10-day program combining study, travel, lectures, and visits to local businesses that provided a unique opportunity for international students to learn more about Chengdu, and foster a deep understanding of the local historical, cultural, business and economic environments of modern China.

Two MPA students participated in the International Summer School 2017 hosted by the University of Economics-University of Da Nang where they took courses related to business as well as Cultural Discovery activities to enable them to explore the richness and diversity of the local culture and people.