Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hello from Beijing! Study Abroad Experience

By Errol Packard, Second-year MBA Student

Summer Palace
Hello from Beijing! I am now in my third week of classes at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Business.

Aside from learning about the culture and business environment of China, being in the Guanghua MBA exchange program is a truly international experience: of the approximately 30 other students on my program, only one is from the US (NYU-Stern). The majority are from Europe, Canada, or other countries in the Sinosphere (Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan).

The highlight of my week is Managing Multi National Corporations, a strategy class that looks at recent situations multi-national corporations have faced in China. For my team of 3 Chinese MBA students, this is their first class that uses business cases- in China traditionally even MBA courses are taught only through lectures. 

Another interesting class I am taking is Business Competition Simulation- basically a semester long simulation game that combines finance, marketing, and operations decision making. This program is used in all the Chinese business schools to teach real life applications of Excel modeling, and I am so happy to have learned extensive excel spreadsheet modeling during Wayne Winston's MBA class!

One class offered to IMBA students is History and Cultural Traditions of China. While not really a business class per se, knowing about the cultural underpinnings of Chinese society is exceedingly important to working with Chinese partners and customers. 

I am very grateful for the opportunity to study in Beijing, and hope that we get some more Kelley students at PKU next year! Please get in touch if you have any questions.

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