24 October 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has doubled the opportunity for its Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) students to travel overseas by offering optional study tours in both years of the intensive two-year degree.
Eleven EMBA students, who are executives from diverse local industries, recently gained first-hand insight into business opportunities and challenges in China, Vietnam and Hong Kong during such a tour.
USC’s Head of School of Business Professor Mike Clements said overseas study tours had a range of benefits for students, depending on their specific career and business goals.
“We returned last month from the latest tour to China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, which was an outstanding success for the EMBA students who work in areas such as property development, television marketing, insurance, water engineering, management rights, psychology services, accounting, retail, online services and sales,” he said.
“This first-hand perspective really enhanced their understanding of doing business overseas, as well as the current global economic climate.”
The tour group, which included other USC Masters students and staff including EMBA Program Leader Associate Professor Meredith Lawley, visited top-level business people, organisations and institutions such as the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
“We discussed topics like the changing role of China and Vietnam in the global economy, Hong Kong as an investment gateway and Asia’s financial hub, Australian-Vietnamese economic ties and investment strategies for Vietnam,” Dr Lawley said.
She said EMBA students paid for their own airfares and some meals but the cost of the tour was included in their course fees.
“Study tours are not compulsory, but most students are eager to participate,” she said. “We get excellent feedback, especially regarding the calibre of networking.”
— Julie Schomberg