The College of Business Administration’s Executive Development Center (EDC) is hosting about 50 business professionals from Madrid University’s Executive MBA Program March 14-20. While in town, the students will learn about Central Florida’s history and development, the challenges and economic impact of area tourism and the global economy’s effects on Orlando.

The group will take a behind-the-scenes tour at EPCOT, SeaWorld, and Indra Systems Inc., and they will meet with College of Business Administration faculty members and leaders from the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc., Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, the Disney Entrepreneur Center and the UCF Business Incubation Program.

The visit is part of the EDC’s International Residency Program partnership. This is the third time the EDC has hosted the Escuela de Organización International (EOI), which was founded by the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Education to provide engineers with management and organization skills.

The EDC is rapidly gaining a reputation as a destination to host international residencies for foreign universities. The EDC provides a critical link to help create global partnerships with overseas businesses.

“The contacts these students make with our alumni, executive MBA students, faculty and especially business leaders will lead to more and more opportunities for our local economy to benefit from global alliances,” said Bob Case, director of the EDC.

“The goal of the program is to use Orlando as a vehicle for students to practice the concepts that they’ve learned in their own academic studies,” added Tiffany Hughes, an associate director at UCF’s Executive Development Center. “We expect the students will be able to use what they learn and experience here in their personal and professional careers.”

Please visit the EDC Web site to learn more about the programs offered at the downtown center.