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International Business Lab comes to campus

By Sarah Hess
On June 13, 2017

Josè Barrios Ng, Panamanian entrepreneur and president of the Universidad Latina de Panamá, and his wife Veronica    Barrios Ng prepare to cut the ribbon on a new computer lab.
Courtesy of Communications and Creative Services

The College of Business has expanded with a new International Business Lab. 

The Barrios Ng Family Lab for Global Marketing and Latin American Business was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held May 5. The newly built lab is a high-tech lab with a first of its kind learning software technology that will be beneficial to the College of Business.

Josè Barrios Ng and his wife Veronica cut the ribbon to open the new facility. Barrios Ng is the current president and chairman of the board for one of the largest private universities in Panamá, Universidad Latina de Panamá. The institution works closely with the Southeastern Latin American Business and Development Initiative. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Antoinette Phillips, Interim Dean of the College of Business announced the significance of the lab and thanked Barrios Ng for his contribution in its development.

“The addition of this lab provides new and very significant resources for our students and will better prepare them for the real world of business,” said Phillips. “We are grateful to Dr. Barrios Ng and his family for their generosity in helping to provide our students with the high-tech tools they need to be successful in their careers.” 

The lab will be used to instruct participants in the Panama Bilingue Program, a joint project between the university and the Republic of Panama with the goal of teaching English to teachers from the Central American nation through several months of immersion in the language. This will be done through the use of the recently acquired Mango Languages software program. 

The lab will have five workstations with 30 iMac computers with access to Adobe Creative Cloud, Hootsuite and other resources used in marketing courses, such as advertising, analytics, and digital and social media marketing. The lab also features a 136-inch widescreen interactive learning system, called ActivWall. Southeastern is the first U.S. university to install ActivWall, which will allow faculty and students the ability to use Skype for webinar sessions with speakers internationally. The lab students will be geared towards those pursuing fields in global marketing and Latin American business. Senior business major Haylie Heath describes how she feels the new lab will be beneficial to her department. 

 “I won’t be using it,” said Heath. “I don’t really know much about it, but I think it’s cool because our business department is awesome. This will help it grow and get better.” 

This new Global Marketing and Latin American Business Lab will allow its students and those from Central America the opportunity to enhance their global skills within a learning environment designed with tools to aid in the students’ international success. 


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