North Central College students at the UFM

Helmuth Chávez and the SIFE team during a working sessioin at the UFM
Photos by Luis Pedro Mirón A.

As a consequence of the SIFE-UFM team participation in the SIFE World Championships, the team has broadened its international contacts and one of the results was the visit of North Central College students to the Francisco Marroquín University.

Rena Schergen, anthropology student; Lindsey Howard, Sociologist, Nicole McLain, Business; and Jonathan Gozdal, Business and Accounting, are members of the NCC-SIFE team that gathered with the SIFE-UFM team to explore common interests inside the SIFE framework.

Students In Free Enterprise (
SIFE) is a non profit organization, active in more than 40 countries.  Founded and financed by corporations, businessmen, foundations and individuals, it establishes student teams in different universities, who compete in a world championship based on SIFEs pillars: financial skills, entrepreneurship, business ethics and market economics.  In this house of studies, the SIFE team advisor is Helmuth Chávez, vice-dean of the Business School.

The visitors of NCC were at the Francisco Marroquín University from March 13th to 20th 2006, exploring the possibilities of executing plans related to exports and imports of coffee, textiles, apparel, and other products that, due to their originality, promises a god demand, explained Diego Joachín, a SIFE-UFM team member.

They also took chocolate samples, made with pure cacao to test them in their local markets and see the costumers response to those products, he said.

The most important thing in this visit is that the opportunities for both SIFE teams were widened, and the creation of wealth through commercialization of these products in Chicago with participation of the North Central College, Joachín concluded.

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