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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:



Buenos Aires

Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

La Plata

Universidad Nacional De La Plata Facultad de Ciencias Económicas


Universidad Austral



Universidad Mayor



Beijing International Studies University


Dongbei University of Finance & Economics


Peking University HSBC Business School



Zagreb School of Economics & Management



University of Hertfordshire


Le Havre

Ecole de Management de Normandie


KEDGE Business School


ESSEC Business School

European Business School Paris


ESC-Rennes School of Business


Bad Mergentheim

Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University


Hochschule Bremen, University of Applied Sciences


Technische Hochschule Köln


Hochschule Kempten, University of Applied Sciences



Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management at Nagpur University



University of Verona


Mexico City

Universidad Panamericana IPADE Business School

San Andrés Cholula

Universidad de las Americas Puebla



Radboud University Nijmegen School of Management

New Zealand


AUT University



University of Warsaw


St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg State University of Economics



University of Abertay Dundee Business School

South Korea


Sungkyunkwan University



Universidad de Alicante


Universidad Rey Juan Carlos


Universitat de València



University of Neuchâtel

United Arab Emirates


University of Dubai



Universidad de Montevideo


International Business Advisory Council 

  Earle Traynham, Ph.D.
Emeriti Professor
Previous Provost
University of North Florida
        John R. Duda 
Chairman and CEO
Summit Exercises and Training
  Kerry Flack
Vice President
National Account Management
Allstate Benefits
      Joshua A. Garrison
Miranda Contracting, LLC
  Andrea Hartley
Executive Director
GlobalJax, Inc.
      Joffrey Heine
Director, Operations Technology
APR Energy Company 

  Tami Mak 
Vice President
T.Mak’s International Inc.
      Jonathan Mann 
Sales Executive
Aon Risk Solutions  

  Karina Person
Senior Accountant
CIT Group
        Bob Pape
Lighting Partners Jax, Inc.
  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
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

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




  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, 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, 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 Hale

  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. 


AlyssaKyff   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. 


r_eker   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