Texas MBAs went global this spring with study tours across six countries — Cuba, India, China, South Africa, Malaysia, and Thailand! These tours are part of the McCombs Global Connections (MGC) program: An eight to ten-day study tour to business powerhouses around the globe.
During these tours, Texas MBA students explore global opportunities and learn many aspects of conducting business outside the United States. Through guest speakers, company visits, project work, and case studies, MGC provides an incredible opportunity for Texas MBAs to explore the economy, major industries, local businesses, and culture in different nations, enhancing their transferable skills and understanding of different cultures to operate in an international market.
Global Connections 2017 enabled 134 Texas Full-time MBA students to participate in engagement experiences, including cultural immersion, business visits, conferences, and discussions.
Texas MBA students visited local Indian communities and businesses such as Intel, Infosys, VMware, IBM and American Embassy in Bangalore and Delhi. Special activities included the Social Impact Day at Mewat Village and the “Our Native Village” cultural tour.
Exploring Indian culture. Photo by Deidra Stephens
Business visit to Infosys in Bangalore. Photo by Deidra Stephens
First Ever Cuba Tour
Texas MBAs had the opportunity to learn about the business operation and economic potentials in Cuba through a series of conferences, including the Conference on US-Cuba Relations, Conference on the Cuban Economy, Currency, Debt and Financial Institutions, and Conference on New and Micro Business Models in Cuba. They also attended local company visits to the Organopónico Vivero Alamar – Cuba’s most successful urban cooperative agricultural project and Autochapt – a non-agricultural cooperative /car repairing micro business.
Texas MBAs rode in nostalgic style in Cuba.
Texas MBAs in the first Global Connection Study Tour in Cuba. Photo by Shannon Moffett
Texas MBAs immersed themselves in learning cultural differences and business practices in the “Think Impact Day Series” and business visits to Delheim Winery, Coca-Cola South Africa, and Heart Capital.
Global Connection Study Tour in South Africa. Photo by John Greely
Global Connections Study Tour in South Africa.
With three cities visited — Shanghai, Beijing, and Nanjing — the China Study Tour offered business visits to successful companies in China such as BYD, InterChina, Emerson, CSUN, CNOOC, and tours to major Chinese landmarks.
Texas MBAs at the Great Wall of China. Photo by Karl Novick
Business visits to China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Photo by Karl Novick
Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Thailand)
Two countries and three cities were visited in Southeast Asia’s Study Tour. Texas MBAs enhanced their cultural competency and global business operation skills with visits to the Malaysia Investment Development Authority, Emerson Process Management, NI Penang, Wong Engineering, and Western Digital.
Texas MBA students in Bantu Caves (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Photo by Joel Obaseki
Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo by Torrey Kolesar
Read more about the previous Global Connections Study Tour trips to South Africa, China, and Brazil.
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