I address you at a time when the business world is immersed in great uncertainties and marked by the unpredictability that is unprecedented in its history. Preparing professionals to be leaders of public and private organizations at this time is an unusual challenge, especially due to the globalization of the economy, the international political instability, the internationalization of companies, the rapid advancement of technology and its impacts on the social and cultural life of the people who inhabit our planet.
The reduction of physical distances has brought us face to face with human diversity and the heterogeneity of its values and behaviors. The phenomenon, on the one hand, is not new, on the other, exacerbates exclusionary ethnocentrism, based on the exotic nature of any society in relation to others. These singularities of each nation were always the way to characterize the human differences among individuals and have induced varied reactions that "range from fear to repulsion and from curiosity to appreciation." *
A free and fair society invites reflection on tolerance for diversity, endowing its citizens with the ability to value and respect the uniqueness of each people, each individual. Its nature is, in itself, pacifying and translates into an ethical system, committed to the defense of the most fragile. This is what Americas International College believes. And what I, as your Chancellor, endeavor to accomplish.
By embracing these principles, the individual will gradually become a global manager and citizen, understanding the world, and recognizing their place in it. They will act to build a just, sustainable, and less unequal world society. They will respect the environment, combating the factors responsible for climate change and global warming. This citizen, cosmopolitan as they are, will cultivate their utopias for cooperation between nations, and the consolidation of democratic freedoms, without conflicts determined by geopolitical interests and ambitions.
Diversity, tolerance, global citizenship, and sustainability are ethical values to be developed in leadership and mirrored in the daily practice of organizations. Business ethics and the general principles of Corporate Social Responsibility are expressed in the Code of Conduct of companies and are characterized by the integration of socio-environmental concerns in business, generating sustainable competitive advantages for companies**. In addition to offering superior prospects of return to shareholders, responsible and ethical management also contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the UN, linked to the eradication of hunger and the promotion of peace and democracy.
Allow me to remind you that it is individuals who are responsible for business ethics, after all, they are the ones who build their realities, shaping them, either to ennoble them or to deteriorate them.
This is the philosophy of Americas International College. We prepare managers aligned with these concepts and repudiate any type of national, ethnic, sexual, or religious discrimination, defend gender equality, work to eliminate poverty and universalize welfare, education, and health care.
Americas International College directs its teaching towards a future that will hold the best opportunities for young professionals with these thoughts and exhibit solid theoretical training with practical and direct applications in business realities. For these reasons, Americas International College proposes an international curriculum, with global recognition, capable of:
- 1. Providing the best theory, associated with practical applications in organizations;
- 2. Building a broad relationship with other colleagues and professors and professionals from different countries and cultures;
- 3. Providing advanced mastery of business concepts and language;
- 4. Ensuring a practical and intense experience with new information technologies, applied to the areas of study;
- 5. Offering a diploma with recognition of its legitimacy in Brazil and abroad;
- 6. Providing opportunities for your students to build a career in global companies, and working in other countries.
To achieve these goals, Americas International College has prepared, in these 20 years of existence, a body of professors, with master's and doctorate degrees, obtained in Brazil and abroad, and who have become specialists in their areas of activity, thanks to the intense professional actions developed in public and private companies.
These professors, in addition to the classes taught, schedule technical visits to institutions in Brazil and other countries, for students of different nationalities and guide the internships offered by global companies. Americas International College will offer English reinforcement classes to ensure the best use of classes, both in person and online, and to improve contact with foreign professors and students. It will also offer visits to corporations in other countries, mainly in the United States and Europe, and contact with executives of these companies.
The classes make use of active methodologies and are supported by new technologies in use in global companies. This philosophy and this set of curricular activities are in all areas of education at Americas International College, be it Postgraduate courses or Undergraduate courses in the areas of Business Administration, Economics, Accounting and International Relations.
We establish our uniqueness, which goes beyond bilingual teaching and reaches the full formation of a global executive in the technical and human dimensions required by an uncertain, changing, and disruptive future, in the presentation of the Americas International College teaching proposal, supported by a didactic philosophy committed to the excellence of curricular activities.
I expect you to build successful careers together in national and global organizations. You have my best wishes.
Professor Celso Grisi
Doctor and Associate Professor at USP, he has a background in Law and Economics.
* Mair, 1965; Laraia, 1986; Maggie, 1996
**United Nations Industrial Development Organization - UNIDO