Point Park Professors Discuss Global Immigration Issues at Faculty Colloquium
Monday, April 28, 2014
Professor Helena Knorr, Ph.D., discusses "Faces of
Immigration: Perspectives from Spain."
Point Park University professors from Iran, Spain, Greece, India, Peru, Afghanistan and the United States presented on socioeconomic, political, legal and ecological issues surrounding global immigration at the annual faculty colloquium on April 3.
More than 80 students, faculty and staff attended the colloquium, which was hosted by the Department of Global Management and Organization.
According to Dimitris J. Kraniou, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Global Management and Organization, global migrant flows are a grave concern impacting many countries.
“It is imperative that proper attention is paid to this issue. Honest dialogues and discussions should involve both the home and host countries. Only then, we may be able to arrive at pragmatic and viable ways of dealing with the challenges of global immigration,” said Kraniou.
Following presentations, attendees had the opportunity to engage in a question and answer period with the professors.
“I attended the event because I was interested in knowing the professors' ideas and views on immigration. The topics covered highly relate to my major. Many international business and trade problems involve immigration and are affected by immigration issues and laws,” explained Yasmin Elgendy, an M.B.A. in global management and administration student originally from Egypt.
Cansu Ozen, a native of Turkey, is also pursuing an M.B.A. degree in global management and administration from Point Park.
“Diversity at institutions is very important and I found Point Park has been very successful at it. Most of the professors I encountered so far are from other countries. This made the event very special. Listening to immigration issues from their perspectives taught me a lot,” remarked Ozen.