By Dalia Mitra, First-year MBA, Marketing
A large part of why I came to Kelley was their extensive international opportunities. This year I had the opportunity to do an Emerging Market Experience (EME) in South Africa after taking a seven week class covering the history, economic status and business opportunities within the country. This class and trip was planned and led by a group of second year MBAs. It provided them with more leadership experience before embarking into the real world and provided us with knowledge around an emerging market both at our desks and on the ground.
|First National Bank (FNB) World Cup 2010 Stadium in Johannesburg|
|Kruger National Park, South Africa|
What is a trip to South Africa without a safari? For three days, our group had the experience of a lifetime. For hours we cruised at dawn and dusk in open air safari jeeps, our eyes peeled, searching the terrain of Kruger National Park, hoping for a wild animal sighting – a giraffe, a rhino, a lion, anything. We also met with a park ranger and learned about the pricing structure, business challenges, and visitor geographic distribution. Entrance into the park for international visitors is only $30 US! Effective pricing or no?
|Winery Tours in South Africa|
Two weeks spent learning about a new country after studying it was an incredible experience. In between the company visits and planned activities, our schedules were sprinkled with a rugby game, trip up to Table Mountain, a visit to the Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept, the Apartheid museum, Nando’s chicken, all the while strengthening our personal relationships with each other and our future MBA Kelley network.
|Kelley School of Business atop Table Mountain, Cape Town|