The Canadian Bureau for International Education has named the University of Victoria's Gustavson School of Business winner of the outstanding program award for its Master of Global Business program.
The one-year program, offered since 2010 under the aegis of the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School, provides students the opportunity to work and live on three continents as they learn international business practices, develop leadership skills and learn at least one new language.
This year's students will study in Rouen, France, and Seoul, South Korea, or Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Linz, Austria. The program boasts that along with global knowledge and real-world experience, students leave with the kind of confidence that allows them to handle the complexity of today's global business environment.
The graduate school is named for retired Victoria businessman Sardul Gill, whose $5-million donation to UVic in 2011 established a permanent endowment that disburses funds for scholarships and financial awards, international projects, teaching and research.
Gill attended UVic's predecessor, Victoria College (Class of 1953), and founded Gill-AM Investments Ltd., a real estate holding company. He was born in Victoria in 1931, the son of Sikh immigrants from Punjab. He made the gift to honour his parents. His father immigrated to Canada from the Punjab in 1906 and laboured all his life in sawmills, encouraging Gill to pursue his education at a time when there were barriers to people of Indian descent.
Gill, who lives in Saanich and is "happily retired," said last month he couldn't be more proud of the university and its students
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