Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES)

Funded by: USAID Country: Mexico Date Range: 2004-2007 Project Lead: Kellogg Institute for International Studies Notre Dame Collaborators: Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, Mendoza College of Business

From 2004 to 2007, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies pursued a three-year project in partnership with the Mendoza College of Business, the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame, and the Universidad de Guadalajara (UG), Mexico. Funded by USAID, the project organized faculty training and exchanges aimed at designing micro-level strategies to foster growth in this sector.

The Kellogg Institute hosted guest scholars who observed entrepreneurship courses, participated in a faculty-working group on Mexico, and trained on teaching methodology and course management. They returned to Mexico to teach MBA entrepreneurship courses and help administer UG’s newly created “Agribusiness and Small Business Units” MBA specialty. Three Kellogg Institute faculty fellows taught short courses in the agribusiness track at UG. Six agricultural units located in Guadalajara received management assistance from a group of ND and UG graduate students working in teams during their summer internships. Students worked directly with the agricultural producers to improve their production and business operations.