Global Institute of Learning

Why study abroad in Greece?

Ancient Greece, in particular Athens, is keystone to understanding Western culture, science, philosophy, society, theater, literature, mathematics, art and our form of democracy. Fortunately many of the actual locations where these events and dialogues took place are accessible to the public. However, we at Global Institute of Learning have gone one step beyond the typical visitor’s scenario by integrating the historical location and activities that have taken place there into an educational program that teaches international business, entrepreneurship, ethics and innovation to name a few courses. Students experience the concept from a physical perspective and are immersed in the environment. We have labeled this location-based teaching methodology "s-learning" for site learning.

Study where western civilization began; immerse yourself in the culture and the land that introduced many of the ideas that we in the Western world hold dear to our hearts. Walk among the hallow pathways where Aristotle and Plato talked and discuss rhetoric, an important tool in today's manager’s skill sets. More importantly understand that rhetoric is more than words it is emotions, it is feelings, it is communications!

Learn where philosophy began to question the wisdom of previous ages, where scientific thought, the precursor to management thinking, was introduced, where data analysis methodology was originally conceived so one could understand their environment and make rational decisions. Learn in Greece where it all began.

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Learn the origins of currency exchange, i.e. valuation of one national currency to another, and why the Greeks needed to convert from a barter system to a coinage system. Understand the ration ale behind these types of events by visiting the sites where they took place. We often overlook the importance of having a historical perspective and relating it to current events.

Learn how the Aegina’s introduction of coinage led to an entrepreneurial environment of seafaring adventurers who formed colonies in present day Sicily, on the Italian peninsula, in France, in Spain, in Egypt and in Turkey; all driven by the entrepreneurial desire for individual wealth and glory. Immerse yourself in this e nvironment and employ the experiences of these ancient Greeks to embellish and enhancing your skills and capabilities. A good manager understands the importance of organizational history and how it will support future growth.

Understand the importance of having a historical perspective. For example, we assume the ubiquitous nature of point-of-sale (POS) systems in today's environment yet we forget that the Athenian empire, more than 3,000 years ago traded throughout the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas. Commerce arose within all of the Greek city states trading throughout the region with colonies that included Syracuse (Sicily), Massalis (France), Reggio (Italy), Anatolia (Turkey), Al Mina (Syria), Cyrene (Libya) and many more. A flourishing economy, a large economy, how did they transact business? We can learn from this economic system.

Going back even further we can understand Troy’s importance as a hub of commerce nearly a thousand years earlier. These trading practices give us an insight into the infrastructure, the supply chain, and the needed interrelationships between these civilizations of the past. These sites will provide you with a wonderful facsimile of today's business world but with the knowledge of how it began, flourished and ended.

Walk the streets of the Agora the original point of sale environment where shops were set up, customers shopped, goods were sold and coins were exchanged. We sometimes have a tendency to believe that civilizations in antiquity were somehow less than ours because of our perceived technology. As we will see the technology that existed in antiquity sometimes rivals even the capabilities that we have today. Take the object found off of the island of Antikythera which is called the anitkythera mechanism, consider Stonehenge or any of the other megalithic structures such as the Easter Island statues (Moai), the Acropolis and so many others. Ask how could they have been created with few people in the area? The assumption, on our part, of the backwardness of our ancestors is unjustifiable. The human brain has not changed capacity or size in more than 10,000 years which means that our ancestors had the same capacity we have today. This implies we can learn from their activities, processes and organizational structures.

The engineering feats, the deductive logic, the astronomical conclusions and the many other achievements from antiquity forced the Greek’s to plan, manage and organize their workforce. These magnificent structures and the many other achievements are proof that their planning and organizational skills were well developed. As such, we can learn from them; successful modern businesses are built on viable Vision statements, accurate Mission statements and well thought out Strategy statements. Visiting the Acropolis or Delphi or any of the other sites one can feel, see and experience the planning methodologies and management skills needed by the early Greeks to achieve these tremendous accomplishments. We begin to realize that civilizations as far back as 3,000 years ago had the same skill sets and understanding of management that managers need today. Your understanding of the importance of vision, preparation and planning will be reinforced by our site visits (s-learning).

We take for granted many words we use in our lexicon, you will learn the original derivative of these words and understand their meaning more clearly. For example ‘strategy’ means General in Greek and the term implies the planning, thinking and organizational skills of a leader in their preparation for battle. We can thus better relate to the usage, in our lexicon, of the phrase ‘management strategy’. From our modern perspective we understand it to mean management crafts a vision, analyses the current environment and then develops a plan. Activities that an ancient Greek general would understand and very similar to those employed to defeat the Persian army at Marathon and delayed it at Thermopylae.

Learn the original meaning of the word philosophy; 'philos' or lover and Sophie or wisdom hence lover of wisdom. To be a philosopher meant to search for truth, understanding, order in the world, etc. A great management philosophy is one where we understand the current environment, where we can visualize a possible future, where we can bring order into our business environment by understanding one's competitors, our customers, our suppliers and so forth. By learning the original meaning and usage of many of our most common words we have come to more clearly understand their meaning. Many of these words were derived from ancient Greece so where better to understand their intentions? Yes, Greece where they were first thought of.

Enhance your international experience and cultural understanding by taking these courses in Greece where rhetoric was introduced by the philosophers, where trade was introduced by the Athenian empire, where rational thought sought the true meaning of ethics, all while adding to your cultural experience and capabilities. In today's business world it is important that not only should companies differentiate their products and service but so should its employees. By taking a course in Greece you will be differentiating yourself as one who appreciates the importance of the global environment, the importance of understanding cultural differences and the willingness to experience the diverse nature of today's global environment.

As we learn about ancient Greece we will also experience modern Greece, a member of the European Union. We will discuss the impact of joining the EU has had, not only on Greece, but also Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland. How their economies and citizens have fared and the reasons behind the difficulties these countries are now experiencing.

These concepts will be discussed, experienced and visualized through Global Institute of Learning’s S-learning approach. The site visits will embellish and enhance the learning experience and prepare you for your future career. So join us for this exciting program in Greece and travel back to where it all began. Study and learn where Plato had his Academy and Aristotle his school in the Lyceum.


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Stony Brook Students Open House
Harriman Hall Room 102

Date and Time
2/04/2015 1:00 PM

2/18/2015 1:00 PM


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Date and Time
12/03/2014 8:00 PM


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