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Tim Shaftel

Jordan Haines Teaching Professor in Business

University of Kansas

“After I first taught CIMBA in 1995 I knew it was something special for my family and I as well as a worthwhile experience for students. My feelings about the impact on students have only increased as I’ve witnessed first-hand their growth and development. My wife Julie (who is also a researcher) and I have published studies about students who go to CIMBA. Guess what? The data shows that students become more open minded; they start to understand the value of working with people who do not speak their language; they become more flexible in their thinking; they start to consider international careers; and they discover that learning a foreign language could be a good thing. Plus, they graduate, on average, a full half-semester before their peers who stayed home!”