Brandeis International Business School

The Latin America Initiative: Building Global Partnerships

The Latin America Initiative at Brandeis International Business School seeks to be part of efforts to build alliances in the region across business, academia and government.

Faculty Spotlight: Aldo Musacchio

Aldo Musacchio

Professor Aldo Musacchio is an associate professor, director of the MA program and the director of the Brazil Initiative at Brandeis International Business School. His teaching examines the challenges and opportunities afforded to firms in emerging and frontier markets. His research focuses on the internationalization strategies of state-owned enterprises and the innovation behavior of large multinationals with government financial support.

University Partnerships

Through the efforts of the Latin America Initiative, Brandeis International Business School maintains academic partnerships in its MA and MSF programs with universities throughout the region.

Academic Programs

The International Business School maintains three collaborations through the school's MA program with Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), Universidad La Salle (Mexico) and Insper (Brazil), in addition to one MSF partnership with EAFIT in Colombia. Upon graduation, graduates from these partnership programs become part of the larger Brandeis University and International Business School alumni networks.

Study Abroad

The business school offers students the opportunity to participate in overseas internships and academic exchanges. Partner universities for study abroad include Brazil's Fundacao Getulio Vargas and Mexico's Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Opportunities Abroad

Students on their summer 2017 Hassenfeld Immersion Trip to Panama.

Students on their summer 2017 Hassenfeld Immersion Trip to Panama.

The Latin America Initiative is focused on fostering a well-connected community amongst our students, faculty and alumni. Our goal is to ensure that members of the Brandeis International Business School community can capitalize on their exposure to potential career options, business networking opportunities and cultural awareness of Latin America.

In June 2017, students visited Panama and Colombia through the Hassenfeld Fellows Overseas Immersion Program, led by Professor Aldo Musacchio. It was the sixth time that the program visited Latin America (previous trips took more than 80 students to Cuba between 2012 and 2014, where they became the first U.S. delegation to visit Cuba's first-ever MBA program). Students concluded the trip by focusing on projects in big data, urban design, real estate and labor.

View photos from our 2017 trips.

Get Involved

Students dancing at the Global Gala

Global Gala

The Global Gala celebrates international diversity through song and dance performances, a global fashion show and a "Taste of the World" dinner!
ALPFA conference panelists

Association of Latino Professionals For America

On-campus organizations such as ALPFA offer great social and professional networking opportunities for students.
Students posing at a club fair.

Latin America Initiative Fund

We encourage our community to support the future of our students' global education by contributing to our funds, such as the Latin America Initiative Fund.

Community Engagement: From Boston to Brazil

Rafaella Cuff in Brazil.

The International Business School's involvement in Latin America is made possible through various connections with regional universities, scholarship programs and external associations.

Rafaella Cuff, MA'12, third from left, was one of four recipients of the Steven M. Bunson Internship Grant. Aside from soaking in a little sunshine, she dove into than a few microfinance projects in Bahia, Brazil, where she worked in development for ProWorld, a local cultural preservation and microcredit organization. Among other things, she managed loans for multiple clients ranging from street vendors to restaurant owners.

"Even as an outsider visiting shantytowns and poor neighborhoods, I was greeted with the kindness and humility of hard-working people in a fast-growing economy," she said.