MBA Students in the Field

Phew. The 2011 Learning Expedition participants are back on campus after a very busy travel schedule. In case you haven’t read the previous posts, the CIB Learning Expeditions are faculty-led, international spring break trips for Tuck students. They combine in-the-field international business learning with opportunities to sample local cultures and food. In 2009, students visited China. Brazil and South Africa were the destinations in 2010. This year, students experienced China and India.

Each year, the trips get better and better. Lots of work goes in to setting the itineraries, planning meetings, and making sure that learning goals are met.  Here’s an overview of the 2011 Learning Expedition agendas: 


Thurs., March 10  — Arrive Beijing in the late afternoon.

Fri., March 11  — In the morning, tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Afternoon visit with China International Capital Corporation, China’s largest investment bank.

Sat., March 12 — Opportunity to explore independently. Most of the group visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Old Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven.

Sun., March 13 — Morning visit to the Great Wall Juyongguan and Olympic Stadium. In the evening, took the train to Tianjin.

Mon., March 14 – In the morning visited Toyota factory in Tianjin. Enjoyed an afternoon visit to an auto dealership in Tianjin.

Tues., March 15 – Visited a rural village near Tianjin. In the evening, boarded the train for overnight trip to Shanghai

Wed., March 16 – Arrived in Shanghai, and spent the whole afternoon at Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance at Jiaotong University.

Thurs., March 17 – Took the train to Changzhou and visit Trina Solar, a manufacturer of photovoltaics.

Fri., March 18 – Free day to explore Shanghai.

Sat., March 19 – Departed for New Hampshire.


Thurs., March 10  — Arrived in Delhi in the late morning

Fri., March 11  — In the morning, visited a few tourist sites in Delhi. Afternoon talk by Amitabh Kant, the man who created the “Incredible India” campaign.

Sat., March 12 – In the morning, a guided tour of Nizamuddin. Afternoon train ride to Agra.

Sun., March 13 – Sunrise tour of Taj Mahal in Agra. Traveled to rural village of Barara for a tour. The group met with elected leaders of the village and then broke up into smaller groups to visit surrounding hamlets.

Mon., March 14 – Arrived back in Delhi for a tour of HCL Infosystems Ltd.

Tues., March 15 – Flew to Mumbai and had lunch with Karan Khemka, the head of the Mumbai Office of Parthenon.

Wed., March 16 – Visited the Future Group, one of India’s leading retailers, for a talk by the Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Belief Officer.

Thurs., March 17 – Toured one of Mahindra and Mahindra’s auto manufacturing plants. Enjoyed dinner and a panel discussion with Tuck alumni.

Fri., March 18 – Toured Mumbai, which included the Elephanta Island Caves (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and a walk through the Church Gate Railway Station that included seeing the Dabawallas (tiffin lunchbox carriers) at work.

Sat., March 19 – Departed for New Hampshire.


About tuckcgbg

I'm Sue, the communications pro at the Center for Global Business and Government at Tuck, and I'm the administrator of this blog. From time to time, I'll post interesting tidbits about global business news as well as news about the Tuck community.
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