The College of Charleston School of Business’ Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is one of few in the nation that requires a study abroad experience as part of its global curriculum. This week, the Class of 2012 begins its two-week study in Vietnam where they will experience global commerce, investment markets and new cultural perspectives as they prepare for career opportunities in the global marketplace.
“Vietnam is one of the top trading countries with the U.S.,” says Alan. T. Shao, Dean of the School of Business. “It is a growing, emerging market that is becoming increasingly cost competitive with China. Our MBA students are very interested in pushing the boundaries for learning, and Vietnam fits with our global curriculum.”
Last year’s MBA class went to China and as a result of connections made during the trip, at least one graduate secured a position as director of operations for Akasha with offices in Shanghai and Ann Arbor, Mich. Watch a video from the Class of 2011 trip to China.
While in Vietnam, the class of 30 students will visit Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. While in Ho Chi Minh City, they will tour Nike’s facilities, and meet with the Viet Thai Joint Stock Company, Indochina Capital, Navigos Company, and AA Furniture Company. While in Hanoi, they will tour 54 Traditions Store, meet with executives from several companies, attend lectures at Foreign Trade University, a preferred partner university with whom the College of Charleston has a signed memorandum of understanding.
When the students return from Vietnam on June 17, they will finish the 13-month MBA program with a capstone course. A closing celebration will be held in Randolph Hall on Saturday, August 18, 2012 with the candidates, families, faculty, Board of Governors, and campus executive leaders.
The next MBA program will begin in July with the pre-term bootcamp before the actual program begins in August with about 30 students. Applications for the 2013-14 class will be accepted starting in October 2012.