University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Master of Business Administration (MBA) students have set out on their compulsory ten-day long global module. This year students will travel to; Atlanta, Chile, Amsterdam & Dublin Budapest, China, East Coast and West Coast (USA), Israel, Morocco & Paris, Russia, London, Vietnam, Brazil, Sweden, Spain (Barcelona & Madrid), Thailand, Tokyo and Seoul.
The module which is an obligatory module on the GIBS MBA curriculum allows students to immerse themselves in different cultures and economies in their chosen destinations. The idea is to gain global business knowledge as well as valuable insights from a global context. This aims to enhance students’ cross-cultural thinking and problem-solving approaches in business. All the visits which are tailor-made for the various destinations afford students the opportunity to experience global and emerging markets at their best, from top companies, lectures and lessons from top international faculty at other business schools.
Professor Louise Whittaker, executive director academic programmes at GIBS said, “The global module is a much welcome part of the MBA journey as it is a unique and rewarding experience.” The trips give participants a comprehensive overview of trends in business currently at play and an in-depth view into companies currently operating in the regions that they are visiting. Groups visit large multinational corporations and emerging businesses in diverse industries and get to compare and contrast various business cultures, practices and event management styles in the various corporations that they visit
“Students get the opportunity to learn from their high potential peers who work in different markets and build business acumen and a diverse global network,” Said Professor Whittaker.
Each group is accompanied by an experienced faculty member. Faculty set pre-readings and present lectures specific to the country they are visiting, before departure. Students are required to complete an assignment during their stay.