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International Business at UNF

The Coggin College of Business embraces the role of internationalization in both the academic and practical spheres of commerce today. Cultural awareness and an understanding of the global economy are infused throughout the curriculum and reinforced by opportunities offered through the International Business Flagship Program.

UNF's International Business Flagship Program

UNF's International Business (IB) Program was created in the Coggin College of Business in 1995 and quickly become a leader in preparing students for careers in the global marketplace. On May 17, 2006, the University of North Florida's former president John Delaney announced that IB had been selected as a flagship program. "This program is of the highest caliber," said Delaney. "It has the potential to draw talented students from around the world, tackle cutting-edge research projects and help solve problems facing today's businesses."

A national exam that all of the University's International Business seniors take places them in the top 5%, against more than 100,000 other seniors, in understanding global business concepts.

The International Business Flagship Program prepares students by supplementing their knowledge of general business issues with courses that teach functional business areas from an international perspective. As a result of the flagship designation, the IB Flagship Program received $300,000 annually until 2011 to expand and enhance study abroad activities, starting with new opportunities for language study, including collaboration with the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The IB Flagship Program is currently expanding its dual degree portfolio beyond the GlobalMBA program, which won a national Best Practice in International Education award. The KEDGE-UNF and Valencia-UNF bachelor's level programs are the newest additions to the IB Flagship Program, taking place in France and Spain, respectively.

International Partnerships

The International Business Flagship Program values the diversity, insight and complementary academic knowledge that our international partner universities offer Coggin faculty and students. At this time, the Flagship has 34 active relationships with schools from around the globe:

International School Information
Country City School
Argentina Buenos Aires Universidad Nacional de Quilmes
Argentina La Plata Universidad Nacional De La Plata Facultad de Ciencias Económicas
Argentina Rosario Universidad Austral
Chile Santiago Universidad Mayor
China Beijing Beijing International Studies University
China Dalian Dongbei University of Finance & Economics
China Shenzhen Peking University HSBC Business School
Croatia Zagreb Zagreb School of Economics & Management
England Hatfield University of Hertfordshire
France Le Havre Ecole de Management de Normandie
France Marseille KEDGE Business School
France Paris ESSEC Business School
France Paris European Business School Paris
France Rennes ESC-Rennes School of Business
Germany Bad Mergentheim Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University
Germany Bremen Hochschule Bremen, University of Applied Sciences
Germany Cologne Technische Hochschule Köln
Germany Kempten Hochschule Kempten, University of Applied Sciences
India Nagpur Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management at Nagpur University
Italy Verona University of Verona
Mexico Mexico City Universidad Panamericana IPADE Business School
Mexico San Andrés Cholula Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Netherlands Radboud Radboud University Nijmegen School of Management
New Zealand Auckland AUT University
Poland Warsaw University of Warsaw
Russia St. Petersburg St. Petersburg State University of Economics
Scotland Dundee University of Abertay Dundee Business School
South Korea Seoul Sungkyunkwan University
Spain Alicante Universidad de Alicante
Spain Madrid Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Spain Valencia Universitat de València
Switzerland Neuchâtel University of Neuchâtel
United Arab Emirates Dubai University of Dubai
Uruguay Montevideo Universidad de Montevideo

International Business Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is a link to the professional community and industry practices for our department. They provide input on relevance of the overall program of study and specific aspects of the curriculum in today’s business landscape. They assist us in identifying specific competencies and skills students should possess to make the program more competitive and generate a better product. And they help assess the college’s competitive environment by advising on strategies to not only recruit students to the major, but also to hire the faculty.

Earle Traynham Headshot Earle Traynham, Ph.D. Emeriti Professor

Previous Provost

University of North Florida

John R. Duda Headshot John R. Duda Chairman and CEO

Summit Exercises and Training

Kerry Flack Headshot Kerry Flack Vice President

National Account Management

Allstate Benefits

Joshua A. Garrison Headshot Joshua A. Garrison Miranda Contracting, LLC
Andrea Hartley Headshot Andrea Hartley Executive Director

GlobalJax, Inc.

Joffrey Heine Headshot Joffrey Heine Director, Operations Technology

APR Energy Company

Tami Mak Headshot Tami Mak Vice President

T.Mak’s International Inc.

Jonathan Mann Headshot Jonathan Mann Sales Executive

Aon Risk Solutions

Karina Person Headshot Karina Person Senior Accountant

CIT Group

Bob Pape Headshot Bob Pape


Lighting Partners Jax, Inc.

Michael Turwitt Headshot Michael Turwitt Co-Owner & Managing Partner

Turwitt, Nielen & Associates, PA

Kirstin Culleton Vice President, CIB Central Management

Deutsche Bank

Rick Mason

Vice President Operations

Total Military Management

Maria Isabel Montoya Executive Director

MiAddvantage Global Marketing & Communication

Juan Sebastian Marentes Headshot Juan Sebastian Marentes Manager

PGA Tour

IB Mission & Vision


The International Business Flagship Program aspires to facilitate the development of positive global citizens characterized by an understanding of the economic, political, social, cultural and environmental diversity and sustainability of the world.


To empower Coggin students, faculty and staff to better understand the global business environment through scholarly activities and academic programs.


  • To name the International Business Flagship Program
  • To create an International Business Flagship Community Advisory Board
  • To engage alumni of the International Business Flagship Program
  • To increase outside funding to support faculty scholarship and student study abroad

International Business Flagship Team

Question Answer
Location Honors Hall (Building 10), Suite 2125
Hours Monday - Thursday | 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Hours Cont. Friday | 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Phone +1 (904) 620-2916
Fax +1 (904) 620-5864

Andres Gallo Headshot

Andrés Gallo, Ph.D

Director of the International Business Flagship Program

Professor, Economics

(904) 620 -1694

Dr. Gallo specializes in international economics issues, with focus on Latin America and economic development. He has written more than 30 research papers and participated in numerous conferences as presenter and speaker. He has focus on the political economy of property rights in diverse areas, including the US patent system, biotechnology and property rights in the context of economic development. Dr. Gallo has applied econometric techniques to address different issues in these areas of research. His teaching expertise includes international economics, econometrics, economic development, study abroad and Latin American economics. He has taught in several universities around the world and has led several study abroad courses to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Spain and Ghana.

Pingying Zhang Headshot Pingying Zhang, Ph.D

Director of the Center for International Business Studies

International Business Flagship Program

Professor, Management

(904) 620-2249

Dr. Zhang specializes in the area of strategy and entrepreneurship. She has written more than 20 research papers and presented research articles in numerous conferences. Dr. Zhang is particularly interested in researching group dynamics in boards of directors and risk-taking behavior in an entrepreneurial environment. Her teaching expertise includes strategy and business policy, organization theory, entrepreneurship and venture capital, and doing business in China.

Kate Mattingly Learch Headshot

Kate Mattingly Learch, MBA

Director of Study Abroad

International Business Flagship Program

(904) 620-2521


After studying Spanish in Mexico and Italian and art history in Italy, Kate completed her undergraduate program in Linguistics at the University of Florida, and spent two years teaching English in Kazakhstan as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. She then returned to the University of Florida to earn an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. During this time, she spent a summer studying the economics of the EU through the University of Manchester. Kate joined the UNF International Business Flagship Program in 2007 and loves guiding students through these transformational experiences. Items she can't travel without include powdered laundry detergent and tiny gifts from Florida.

 Stephanie Headshot Stephanie Worley

Advisor, Short Term Study Abroad & Incoming Exchange Students

International Business Flagship Program

(904) 620-5124


Stephanie's first international experience was in 2008, when she and her former high school orchestra were invited to Beijing, China to perform in a music festival held in honor of the Summer Olympic games. Afterward, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she received a BA in English Literature. Since then, she has traveled to Tokyo, Japan, Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico, London, England, and Paris, France. She is currently enrolled in UNF's Master of Arts in International Affairs program, and has participated in a faculty-led study abroad program in Brazil.

Alyssa Kyff Headshot Alyssa Kyff, M.Ed

Advisor, Semester Study Abroad

International Business Flagship Program

(904) 620-5317


Alyssa Kyff hails from the Buckeye State (Mansfield, Ohio to be exact) and is very excited to now be residing in the Sunshine State! She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Education from Ashland University and shortly after graduating, she taught high school Spanish. She recently graduated with her Master's Degree in Higher Education from Kent State University. As an undergraduate student, Alyssa studied abroad twice - first, during a summer in Cuernavaca, Mexico and then for a semester in Alicante, Spain. Alyssa highly values her experiences abroad so much that she has decided to make a career out of it. She enjoys drawing from her personal experiences to encourage and assist UNF students pursuing study abroad opportunities.

Rachel Eker Headshot Rachel Eker

Graduate Assistant

International Business Flagship Program

Rachel Eker is a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Accountancy at University of North Florida. Rachel completed her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She is currently studying for the CPA exams and looks forward to starting as a tax associate with Dixon Hughes Goodman in 2019. Rachel's international travels involve spending a week in Carcassonne, France and exploring the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

Globi Headshot Globi

International Business Flagship Program

After numerous years travelling and studying overseas, Globi decided to return to its alma mater, UNF. Globi graduated from UNF suma cum laude with major in International Business and a minor in Global Studies. UNF students and staff alike have fallen for Globi's bubbly personality, willingness to adapt to new environments, and love for learning. Besides hanging out on campus and promoting the IB office, Globi enjoys checking for new friend requests on Facebook.