Undergraduates and graduates share glimpses of global experience courses through #Questromlife.
For Questrom students looking to learn outside of classrooms, spring break 2018 was ripe with learning opportunities. This year, 122 graduate and 16 undergraduate students opted to join one of Questrom’s global experience courses to immerse themselves in a new culture while also gaining perspective about business topics like luxury marketing and digital disruption.
Led by faculty who specialize in their areas of expertise, these programs enable students to explore the challenges, opportunities and dynamics of doing business in a new culture. This year saw the students visiting Paris, Israel, Vietnam, China, Thailand and Silicon Valley. In addition, the student run BU Global Ventures Consulting Club lead independent treks to Peru and Guatemala.
To share their experiences, students took to Instagram. Here is a selection of their experiences that were shared using the hashtag #questromlife.
First-year MBA student Natassya Bedos accompanied 27 other Full-Time and Part-Time MBA students to Guatemala. The students partnered with Thriive, an organization that offers micro-loans to new entrepreneurs. They worked with local companies to help them in areas such as strategy, marketing, finance, budgeting and strategic positioning. The highlights of Nayssya’s trip? Eating the best huevos rancheros and tacos, climbing Volcano Pecaya and roasting s’mores using volcano heat, wandering Xela’s artisan market, and getting to know her fellow classmates so much better.
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Graduate students Alexandra Masko, Katie Cunningham, Nolan Kleinhenz were so excited to explore Israel’s startup culture that they decided to document their experiences through @questromdoesisrael, an Instagram account created solely for their visit to the country. Led by Joe Lipuma, Senior Lecturer, Strategy & Innovation, the course focused on the role of innovation in the country. Shares Alexandra, “The Israeli culture celebrates failure and encourages learning and growth from failure. This facilitates the creation of upwards of 1200 new start ups a year!”
A group of students led by Professor Yoo Taek Lee headed to Vietnam to learn about unique opportunities and challenges presented in Asia’s growing economic landscape. In their downtime, students visited Buddhist pagodas and sailed amidst limestone formations of Ha Long Bay.
Graduate students who joined the Digital Transformation global experience course with Professor Venkatraman got a chance to see the birthplace of Silicon Valley in California. Netflix, Google, Apple, Salesforce, GE and Sequoia Capital were among the companies that the group visited.
MBA student Alberto Aguilar was among the members of BU’s Global Ventures Consulting Club (BUGVC) that partnered with Associatión Alterna, a non profit social enterprise incubator, to work with socially responsible small businesses in Peru. For Alberto, this visit reinstated the notion that cross collaboration is the key to success. “The more I travel the more I see similarities in the world. From Peru to India, the world is shrinking and barriers are going down.”
The Paris global experience course was spearheaded by professor Frederic Brunel. Students learned the secrets behind the French luxury goods and services industry and had the opportunity to visit companies like Fauchon, Accor Hotels, Club Med, Baccarat,and Le Bon Marche.
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Undergraduate students also got a chance to experience Asian business culture during their Global Management Experience course to Shanghai and Bangkok with professor Gregory Stoller. Being in the hub of finance and business in Asia, students compared company strategies, operations, profitability, business ethics, and cultural perceptions, besides tasting the famed peking duck dish.