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Deadline Approaching for Engineering and Computer Science Entrepreneurship Program in Maastricht

Feb. 11, 2005

The Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Business have teamed up for a 41-day Study Abroad Program based in Maastricht, Netherlands.

The Baylor International Technology Entrepreneurship Program is a six-hour project-based course that covers an extensive variety of topics. The Summer 2005 course will give students an opportunity to participate in problem solving teams as well as earn class credit.

The program is open to all junior students from Baylor's Hankamer School of Business and its School of Engineering and Computer Science who have met the prerequisites. The dates of the program, May 26, 2005 through July 4, 2005, are concurrent with the first summer session at Baylor.

According to Mary Abrahams, who works in the Business School, primary course emphasis will be placed on marketing concerns, intellectual property issues, economic analysis, and business plan preparation. Other issues to be investigated include identifying venture opportunities, concept development, pricing, budgeting, management and business valuation and dilution.

In addition to their course assignment, students will create Internet-based enterprises. Students will relate their business knowledge by preparing an actual business plan for a high-tech that could be launched if they were interested. The students will be implementing a prototype of the technology product or service; presenting their final product to private equity, venture capital, bank, and other sources of start-up capital; and delivering a complete set of documentation and a working prototype to their client. During the project, the students will form teams comprised of a Baylor student from each of the schools (computer science, engineering and business) as well as an international student from the Universiteit Maastricht.

The course will be team taught by Professor Cindy Fry from the School of Engineering and Computer Science and Dr. Les Palich from the Hankamer School of Business. There will also be many guest lecturers from European countries.

Students will be staying in the University of Maastricht International Dormitory. Each dorm room consists of a double room and toilet. Showers are available on each dormitory hall. There is also student access to a computer lab.

A Eurail Pass is included in the trip cost, which can be used for travel on the weekends. As classes will only be held Monday through Thursday, students will be given the chance to explore different parts of Europe.

Maastricht is located in Central Europe, and major cities such as Paris, Brussels, and Munich are very closely positioned for a weekend trip. Excursions to London and Amsterdam have been planned for all of the students.

"Having participated as a professor in a number of study abroad programs, I know that the experience is a lot of fun, but it is also intensely educational," Dr. Les Palich, professor in Hankamer School of Business, said. "Whether in or out of the classroom, learning in study abroad setting is sure to take place, and I often hear from students that the experience is life-changing."

The cost of the trip includes Baylor tuition, airfare, Eurail pass, two meals per day and a dormitory room.

The deadline for the first half of the cost of the trip is February 28, 2005. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If students are interested in participating in the Summer 2005 program, they should complete their application and make contact with Mary Abrahams as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Mary Abrahams in the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship on the third floor of the Hankamer School of Business. Telephone is 710-4199. Email is Mary_Abrahams@baylor.edu.

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