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Willamette MBA Joins U.S. Department of Commerce Education Mission to Brazil



An admissions representative from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management will travel to South America to meet with prospective international students and education centers.  The trip is part of a special education trade mission – the largest to date – organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Aimee Akimoff, the Director of Recruitment for Willamette’s Early Career and Career Change MBA program, will spend two weeks in South America, traveling to Bogota, Colombia and three cities in Brazil – Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Akimoff will join representatives from 65 other colleges and universities across the U.S. to recruit Brazilian students to local campuses.  The Commerce Department estimates that 215,000 Brazilians study abroad each year.

“I believe that education and sustainability can narrow the distance between the top and bottom of the social-economic scale,” said Joe Mizuno Santa Helena, a first year Willamette MBA student from Brazil. “Through studying in the U.S. and at Willamette University, I hope to achieve my ultimate goal to make a difference not only for my people in Brazil but for all people in developing countries.  This includes managing real world challenges and making business decisions that benefit society over the long run.”

Approximately 35% of the incoming class of full-time MBA students at Willamette hail from countries outside the U.S.  The Atkinson School welcomed two students from South America for the 2012-13 academic year.

To follow the progress of the trip, follow hashtag #ITABraEduTM or @WillametteMBA on Twitter.

Aimee Akimoff poses for a photo with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon, at a graduate fair in Brasilia.Aimee Akimoff poses for a photo with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon, at a graduate fair in Brasilia.

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