“Israel is well-known as the ‘Startup Nation’ and its prominence in international business cannot be ignored,” said Jeffrey R. Brown, dean of the Gies College of Business. “Israel’s well-established reputation for innovation in technology and agriculture makes it a natural partner for the cutting-edge research at UIUC,” he told JNS.
According to Brown, the trip intended to give the students a head start at turning business concepts into viable companies that will impact Illinois, the United States and the world.
In addition, visiting various companies with “a similar culture of a desire to make the world a better place through their products and business practice,” also employed the principles of business and ethical responsibility that Brown said is foundational in the Gies coursework.
“They got to see it in action,” he said.