International, U.S. students bridge culture with learning

This fall Penn State Great Valley welcomed 22 international students to its master of finance program. Bo Ouyang, assistant professor of accounting, believed the convergence of cultures has brought a new dimension to the didactic environment.

“(International students) really broaden the vision of the domestic students, since their experiences are quite different,” he said.

Carlos Gonzalez, a Pennsylvania resident in the program, appreciated the global aspect that his international colleagues contribute. “Cultural awareness is difficult to teach, and the best strategy is to interact directly with other cultures,” he said.

Mahmut Kadir Isguven, a native of Turkey, appreciated the value of having cross-cultural representation in the classroom. “Being in the same classroom with people from another country helps me have a wider global perspective,” he said.

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Last Updated November 02, 2012