Friday, February 26, 2010

International Exposure: Israel

In today's business environment, international exposure and experience is becoming more and more important. Kelley, as a Top Ranked MBA School, offers student led KIPs (Kelley International Perspectives) that allow students to learn about business and culture in their destination. This year there are 4 KIP trips being led by second years going to China, Ireland, UAE/Egypt and Israel. While a tough choice, I decided to participate in the KIP to Israel.

The experience thus far has been great. Israel has a very unique business culture that really focuses on entrepreneurship (perfect for Entrepreneur MBA Program students!) We have been able to learn about the countries agriculture/sustainability, the selection processes of the defense forces and some of the politics. Our last class before our trip was a lot of fun as we were able to learn about Purim, the Jewish celebration commemorating the deliverance of the Jews from Haman who planned to kill them. The holiday is celebrated with:
  • the reading of the Megilla (ours graciously by Director of Student Services)
  • the giving of food to charity, we all brought in canned food
  • the wearing of masquerade masks
  • the eating of traditional foods
We ended the session by eating Hamantaschen cookies (which I got to help make this weekend!) It was a great opportunity to learn about the culture of Israel before our trip and give us more of a rounded view of the country. I am really looking forward to our trip, and so glad I have been able to have this experience at a top MBA business school!

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