MBA International Study trip to China

Life on the MBA Programme is just getting back to normal after the international study trips, this year a group of 35 students travelled to China as part of the Doing Business in Emerging Markets study trip for a busy, but interesting, week.

The week started in Shanghai with introductory presentation from Professor David Gosset (left) from CEIBS. Professor Gosset provided a valuable background to the political and economic situation in the country.

From there the group met with the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) where they got further insight into the government systems in China. Following these introductions to the country, the group met with companies to hear their experiences in doing business in China.  After meetings with 3M, TCT, booz&co and JWT in Shangahi, the group travelled on to Beijing and continued the trip meeting Motorola, Tesco and Kema.

A social enterprise panel hosted by Fyse gave the group an opportunity to learn more about the growing social enterprise and CSR field in China.  Meeting members of foreign press in Beijing gave another different insight to the country.  The week finished off with the Irish Ball hosted by the Irish Network China.

In between all this there was time to do some sightseeing, after all a trip to China would not be complete without seeing the Great Wall and there were also plenty of opportunities to sample the nightlife in both cities.

It is a very intense week with a lot to fit in a short space of time, but overall an awesome experience.

Mary O’Dwyer | Interim Programme Manager | Full-time MBA Programme | UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School | Blackrock, Co. Dublin.