Global Dimension Becomes Addition to Energy Curriculum

Published on February 8, 2009

UH Global Energy Management Institute Adds New Global Dimension to Energy Curriculum

The fusion of UH GEMI and the Center for Global Studies will provide students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on international business and the world economy, which will now revolve around energy issues with this merger.View more photos

The fusion of UH GEMI and the Center for Global Studies will provide students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on international business and the world economy, which will now revolve around energy issues with this merger.

The UH C. T. Bauer College of Business has long been a leader in preparing students for promising careers in energy, the engine of the Houston economy. Since 2001, the UH Global Energy Management Institute at Bauer has educated students on cutting edge developments in the energy sector.

UH Bauer is adding a new global dimension to its energy curriculum as its Center for Global Studies will now be housed in UH GEMI.

“This move is a win-win for everyone involved with GEMI,” said Finance Department Chair Praveen Kumar, who is executive director of UH GEMI.

The Center for Global Studies at Bauer, which offers a series of undergraduate “globalization” courses, provides students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on international business and the world economy, which will now revolve around energy issues with this merger.

“The globalization courses will have a stronger focus on energy,” said Tyler Priest, Director of Global Studies. “We will be paying closer attention to how oil and gas and other sources of energy both underpin the global economy and are shaped by it.”

The merger between the two will also boost and complement the GEMI research initiatives the faculty is pursuing. “Our faculty are working on a range of issues related to the international environment of the oil and gas business, as well as to that of non-traditional sources of energy,” Priest said. “This work will bolster the research program in GEMI.”

Kumar said faculty research in energy related topics would increase productivity and improve teaching. “The current faculty involved with CGS has a strong interest in teaching and research issues related to the energy industry and their high-powered human capital will greatly enhance GEMI’s capabilities toward sponsored research in topics related to the energy industry,” he added.

Ultimately, the fusion of GEMI and Global Studies will benefit students by further elevating the high quality of education for which Bauer is renowned. “Many of our undergraduates end up working in the Houston energy sector,” Priest said. “We think this merger will strengthen their background and credentials.”

The merger was conceived not only to educate students about the critical importance of energy, but to generate new interest in the field. Priest anticipates a growth in the number of students wishing to pursue a degree related to oil and gas and other emerging energy industries.

“We hope this move will encourage more students to pursue a GEM track, which has proven to be a successful path to follow for joining the energy business,” Priest said.

By Mayra Cruz

Posted Under: Faculty and Staff, Recognition

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