In a recent US News & World Report article on the changing global curriculum of MBA programs, Alan T. Shao, Dean of the School of Business was quoted, “Our M.B.A. curriculum was specifically designed to reflect the reality of today’s global business environment.” Keeping with that promise, the MBA students will head to China in June to get a first-hand perspective of business practices and markets in that rapidly growing country.
As students gear up for the trip in June, Dr. Bing Pan, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, a Chinese native and U.S. resident, will teach a course on Chinese culture and business norms.
The MBA cohort will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and their surrounding regions. Representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce located in Beijing will provide a briefing on conducting business in China. Beijing is also home to some CofC alumni who are working there and will join the cohort for dinner one evening.
In Shanghai and Suzhou (north of Shanghai), the cohort have inside access to several international companies at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) including SIP Investment Headquarters and the Logistics Zone. Students will tour AstenJohnson Corp. and visit other major commerce hubs such as the Port of Shanghai and Hapag-Lloyd China Shipping Ltd.
The MBA students will also visit Peking University to nurture new relationships between it and the College of Charleston. Additionally, the group will broaden their cultural exposure by visiting the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square.
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