During spring break, 10 Barney School of Business undergraduate and MBA students visited Bermuda. Though they did fit in one trip to the beach, their time was spent learning about the island’s insurance, reinsurance and risk management industry that drives the economy, while working with high school students to develop business plans for stimulating the local economy.
Led by Professor Annette Rogers, students visited xL Insurance, Argus Group, HSBC, Bank of Bermuda, the Bermuda Monetary Authority, and the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies. At these companies and separate events, students met with many Barney alumni including Patrick Tannock, president of xL Insurance Bermuda (pictured with students).
Barney students also coached and mentored Bermudian high school students as part of the 11th annual Bermuda Youth Conference, adding a community service learning experience to the course. The high school students delivered presentations and business plans to local executives and political leaders on strategies such as attracting more business and leisure travelers to their country.
“The week in Bermuda was a great experience for all of us” shared Barney accounting major Kirby Maier. “Participating in the Bermuda Youth Conference has provided me with a global perspective on issues that are relevant to many countries. I had the amazing opportunity of engaging the youth in something that will forever change their lives, as well as my own.”
Barney Dean Marty Roth stated that, “this short term study abroad course provided students with rich opportunities to learn first-hand about company strategies, cultural nuances, and economic development issues in a foreign country whose industry drivers mirror those of the greater Hartford area. Having alumni be such a prominent part of the experience makes the experience even more impactful.”