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Students Study Global Economics Close to Home


West Windsor, N.J. – A group of Mercer County Community Colleges (MCCC) Business students ended the spring semester with a road trip to New York City. Two professors from the Business Division, Laura Sosa and Eva Csige, accompanied ten students who are members of MCCC's Global Trade and Finance Club to the United Nations (U.N.).

According to Professor Sosa, this was the first off-campus trip for the club, which was established several years ago. "We decided to take advantage of MCCC's proximity to New York City and the U.N. was an obvious choice."

As the group's tour guide explained the role of the U.N., the Security Council and General Assembly, she guided them through each of the Chambers.

Sosa says the tour was very impressive. "We were actually able to see the chambers of the Security Council and General Assembly since neither was in session."

Students in the Global Trade and Finance Club toured the United Nations with Professors Laura Sosa (front row, second from left) and Eva Csige (back row, far left).

Sosa notes that in "Global Environment of Business" (BUS 230), a course that both Sosa and Csige teach, the role of the U.N. is discussed from the perspective of economic development and political systems. "Students who took that course recognized many of the terms used by our tour guide," she said.

Following the tour, the group's "international" experience continued as students enjoyed authentic Korean food at a nearby restaurant.

Sosa says that while this was the club's first trip, there are likely to be more in the future. "It was a great learning experience for all who participated and a reminder that our proximity to New York City is a real resource for expanding our students' understanding of the world. We hope to return to New York in the coming year to tour the Federal Reserve."

Sosa is co-advisor of the Global Trade and Finance Club with Business faculty member Ken Horowitz.

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Glenn Kraft