Mihaylo students at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore
A group of 22 Mihaylo MBA students traveled to East Asia in January 2015, one of the highlights of Mihaylo Graduate Programs activities during the spring semester. The program offered an opportunity to develop both a global economic perspective and a chance for international networking.
A key component of learning is self-development. During spring 2015, Mihaylo Graduate Programs continued its commitment to providing students a global perspective to facilitate that development with a study tour to Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the four “Asian Tiger” economies that have led East Asia to become one of the world’s chief economic powerhouses. Students also had the opportunity to develop an international network through the visit.
Among the trip’s highlights was the visit to Singapore-based Standard Chartered Bank with a presentation by Sanjeev Paul, a senior company executive. In addition to discussing the company’s business and technical competencies, he stressed the importance of leadership development – having the conviction to take risks, the humility to learn continuously and recognize the importance of teamwork. Other notable visits included UPS and DHL.
The MBA group in Hong Kong
MBA students learned more about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a strategic initiative designed to support regional integration and cooperation – a challenging endeavor given the need for balance between highly developed and developing economies. “The unique characteristics of labor, improving infrastructures and global outreach have attracted a number of global corporations to invest heavily in these countries,” Mihaylo MBA student Vishal Aggarwal ’15 said.
In addition to networking opportunities with professionals in the region, students enjoyed the camaraderie of their fellow students as they visited regional landmarks and attractions with free time to enjoy both iconic cities.
Participation in the visit counted as an elective, as the students completed a marketing consulting project for companies such as Caffe D’Vita, a California-based enterprise interested in greater expansion to East Asia. Working in teams, the students delivered written and oral reports to the company on appropriate product and marketing strategies for the Hong Kong and Singapore markets, based on field research during the study tour.
“I can confidently say that this trip exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds,” Mihaylo MBA student Mark Dy-Ragos ’15 wrote. “We learned so much from this experience that cannot be taught in the classroom. This trip is an invaluable learning opportunity, and I highly recommend it to all business-oriented students.”
For more on Mihaylo’s MBA program and other graduate programs, visit Mihaylo MBA and Graduate Programs online or at SGMH 4210.