Past Trips


 

group photo of students in Amsterdam

Students explored the economy, business environment, history and culture of AmsterdamThe Netherlands - a city famous for its business wealth, world-class museums, canals, ubiquitous bicycle riders and care-free lifestyle. The itinerary will include company site visits, presentations from government officials responsible for driving innovation and economic growth in the country, and cultural excursions.

Amsterdam today is as bustling and economically productive as it was during its golden age when its ships sailed to all corners of the Dutch Empire. The Dutch capital likes to see itself as being at the heart of Europe, and its location does give it easy access to a number of major European markets. The city has often been cited as one of the best business cities in Europe and the world. On average, approximately 70-100 foreign companies set up in the Netherlands every year. They are attracted by Amsterdam's prime position within Europe, with excellent international connections from the ever-expanding Schiphol airport  and Amsterdam port, a strong infrastructure, a multilingual workforce, a stable political and economic climate and business-friendly policies.

 

group photo in Barcelona

In March 2016, Massey students traveled to BarcelonaSpain.  Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. The cosmopolitan city of five million is generally rated as one of the top cities for doing business in the world. In fact, Barcelona is the economic powerhouse of Spain, generating a quarter of Spain’s GDP.

Known for its creative, modern, business environment, Barcelona somehow manages to preserve its important historical, cultural and architectural legacy. In between the Mediterranean beaches and the mountainous Tibidabo, the city boasts the famed La Rambla where street performers and artists captivate passing tourists, tantalizing tapas, and some of the best-known trendsetting bars and nightlife in Europe. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and is home to one of the best-known soccer clubs in the world, FC Barcelona.

Barcelona’s economy is highly diversified. The key sectors include IT, telecommunications, biotechnology, agriculture, and of course, tourism. The city’s multicultural workforce is made up of people from all over Europe and the world. The majority of people in Barcelona speak a language other than Spanish.

  

group photo in Beijing

 

Nowhere in the world do the words "booming" and "economy" go together more fittingly than in Beijing. As the capital and second most populous city in China, Beijing had much to offer graduate students. From the tombs of the Ming emperors to The Forbidden City, much of the city's centuries-old structures still stand today. Within this past century, Beijing has seen a significant cultural shift. Its current communist regime poses heated sociological, political, and economic discussions between scholars around the world.

Almost every multinational corporation has an office here. In recent years, Beijing has grown tremendously in the financial sector. There are over 750 financial firms within the city that have generated close to 14 percent of its $150 billion GDP. Beijing is also rapidly expanding in other business areas, including venture capital, information technology, and pharmaceutical sectors.

In spite of devastating urban renewal, modern Beijing continues to convey an imperial grandeur. New temples to communism - the Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao's Mausoleum - convey the monumental power that still resides within the city's secret courtyards. For entertainment, Beijing has an abundance of scenic parks as well as hundreds of intriguing museums, including the famous Palace Museum located in the Forbidden City itself, and of course the amazing venues from the 2008 Olympic Games.

 

group photo in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary is situated in the middle of the continent, serving as a bridge between Western and Eastern Europe. Massey students experienced the country's colorful and interesting culture.  Despite its long experience with communist rule, by the beginning of the 21st century Budapest had emerged once again as one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. The local fashion and design scene has taken off, and of course there’s the food. Hungarian cuisine is worth traveling for, and the restaurants in Budapest are still a relative bargain compared to the rest of Europe.

The city boasts a highly educated workforce, with 17 universities and 180,000 students. As such it has become a favorite destination for foreign investors who intend to expand their operations in Central Eastern Europe. It is a major center for banking and finance, retailing, trade, transportation, tourism, real estate, new media as well as traditional media, advertising, legal services, accountancy, insurance, theater, fashion, and the arts.

 

Students in Buenos Aires

MBA and M.Acc students explored the economy, business environment, history and culture of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The itinerary included company site visits, presentations from government officials responsible for driving innovation and economic growth in the country, and cultural excursions.

Buenos Aires is the capital and most important city in Argentina, as new businesses and creative talent have flourished. It is one of largest cities in the world, comprising over 12 million people in over 47 barrios (neighborhoods). With its wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and varied culture and nightlife, Buenos Aires is reminiscent of Paris or Barcelona. Tourism is booming, with visitors flocking to the elegant city, swaying to the melancholic sounds of tango, filling the fashionable restaurants and soaking up the local zest for life. The city is the financial and cultural center of the country and a vital port, serving a large portion of the continent. Like Buenos Aires, the country of Argentina is an eclectic mix of European and Latin culture. It is the birthplace of tango as well as home to millions of avid soccer or fútbol fans. Moreover, from an economic perspective, it is once again one of the most promising emerging markets in Latin America. After a decades-long struggle with political and economic forces, Argentina is regaining its former luster and opens the door to not only a rich cultural heritage but abundant natural and human resources. Argentine GDP reached $6,630 per capita in 2007, with investment increasing an estimated 14.4 percent for the year. Argentina continued to perform well in 2008, with full year real GDP growth projected at about 7 percent. The country benefits from rich natural resources, a highly educated population, a globally competitive agricultural sector, and a diversified industrial base.


Students in Cape Town

For Accelerated MBA students, the Cape Town, Africa trip was an extended study-abroad experience and counts for both the MGT 6300 and MGT 6350 course requirements.  Students traveled to Cape Town, South Africa and studied at nearby Stellenbosch University, where the focus was on international business and intercultural dynamics.  Significant portions of the study took place in a classroom setting with Stellenbosch faculty, with the balance of the experience consisting of a variety of visits to area businesses (e.g., SAB Miller, Naspers, and Transet), as well as a number of cultural activities (e.g., boat trip to Robben Island, trip to Cape Winelands, dinner with local businesspersons, workshops and visits with various population groups, and a drive along Chapman's Peak).  Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa, with a population estimated at 3.5 million and is the largest South African municipality in terms of land area.  Stellenbosch University is generally recognized as the top business school on the African continent, with its university roots being traced back to 1859.  

 

 AMBA_Colombia

In 2017, AMBA students traveled for the first time to the nation of Colombia, visiting Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellin.  Students experienced the entrepreunrial side of Colombia by visiting Bogota’s HubBOG – a technological hub for local startups and businesses, similar to Belmont’s Accelerator and Hatchery.  Students also visited the University de los Andes to learn more about Colombia’s economy, marketing and product development specific to Colombia’s population, and the status of the country’s international politics.  In Cartagena, AMBA students experienced the history of the Walled City as well as the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress dating back to the mid – 1500s.  During the final destination to Medellin, students toured the Metro Public Transit system, one of the world’s top systems that links commuters, by way of trains, trams, buses, sky trams, and elevators, to the city’s hillsides and valleys.  The group also visited the Chamber of Commerce to hear how the city uses “industry clusters” to promote its textile design and manufacturing businesses to vendors and governments globally. 


Students in Copenhagen

 

The trip to CopenhagenDenmark focused generally on the identification and assessment of opportunity for new enterprises in a global context, specifically in Copenhagen, which is the largest city in Scandinavia and the capital of Denmark.  Copenhagen is modern, international city that has managed to remain remarkably cozy and compact, while being nestled in the heart of the new Øresund Region.  This is one of the most dynamic Regions in Europe and is known for being liberally sprinkled with world-class innovative environments and has a well-developed working relationship between industry and higher educations.  Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a highly innovative Nordic culture with prospects for making international business contacts.

 

 

Dubai, a member of the United Arab Emirates is a trailblazer in a region associated with oil and unrest. According to reports, however, in ten years’ time the oil will run out, and Dubai is now positioning itself as a center for tourism, logistics, and business.
Students in Dubai
Students visiting Dubai experienced first hand the growth in the desert region. Skyscrapers have arisen; property developments also extend into the sea, reclaiming acres of ground from the seabed to create astonishing man-made archipelagos such as The World development and the Palm Islands, which host housing developments and beach resorts. With a sympathetic tax rate, Dubai is attracting the attention of business investors and tourists alike – keen to see a future vision of the Middle East. And yet, the sense of ancient history and the atmosphere of local striking cultural heritage are always present.

With a perfect winter climate, top class hotels, superb facilities for a variety of sports and leisure activities and excellent shopping, Dubai has something to offer everyone. Moreover, the emirate is friendly, safe and virtually crime-free.

 

Dublin_UK_International Business _2017

The Dublin trip explored more than just Dublin’s ceol agus craic (music and fun). Ireland has a small highly globalized economy, with a large exporting sector, and a significant number of multinational corporations. We visited a variety of organizations and examined the efforts of the Irish political leaders to cultivate a strong economy that has its base in technology. Past corporate visits have included: Irish Express, Dell Computers, Bank of Ireland, Guinness, Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals and Deloitte and Touche.

Toward the end of the week, we traveled to the United Kingdom. The majority of time spent focused on Britain’s entertainment industry and the impact of the “British Invasion” on the global music industry. Destination organizations included Abbey Road Studios, the Cavern Club, and Apple Records, Inc. Accompanying travelers on this trip were Mr. Larry Stessel, managing partner of Revolver Marketing Group and former senior vice president for three major record labels (Epic/Sony, Mercury/Universal, and EMI).

 

Students in France

 

Sponsored by Groupe ESC Normandie, Normandy Business School, students enrolled in the Go for Europe program visit BelgiumHollandFrance and Spain.  This trip counts for 3 courses (MGT 6300, MGT 6350 and one elective).  Your cost is the cost of tuition for each of these courses and airfare to and from Europe.  Students are responsible for arranging their own flights.   Anyone interested should contact Melissa Mitchell, Student Support Coordinator,  for more details.  Please note, this will prevent you from attending the summer semester, but does earn you credit for 3 courses (6 credits total).

 
 

Students Vietnam_2011

 

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the most populous of Vietnam's cities, as well as a vital economic center for the country. With a population of over 7 million, it is a bustling and chaotic city situated near the Saigon River. It is a fusion of new and old as 19th century French-style architecture intermingles with contemporary high-rises and skyscrapers.

It is a forward-looking and lively city, filled with cafes, markets, high-rises, shops, and skyscrapers. Lavish hotels, boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs line its bustling streets packed with motorbikes. Students experienced its diverse history and energetic atmosphere which made it a unique and memorable city.

 

 

Students in India_2007

 

 Massey students focused on outsourcing in Hyderabad and Bangalore, the two prime cities in Southern India for outsourcing.  Graduate students visited with companies such as InfoSys, Tata, Wipro and hopefully GE's Jack Welch Center for Innovation.  Additional corporate visits and cultural visits, depending on other cities visited, were included.

 

 

 Students in Istanbul_2011

 

Graduate students explored the economy, business environment, history and culture of IstanbulTurkey - the center of Byzantine civilization for a millennium, the capital of the Ottoman Empire for more than 450 years, and the largest city of the modern Turkish republic. The itinerary included company site visits, presentations from government officials responsible for driving innovation and economic growth in the country, and cultural excursions.

With its network of developed infrastructure and a globally competitive work force, Turkey has become a geo-strategic base for international business. A rapidly growing emerging market of 72 million people, over half of whom are under the age of 28, makes the country today one of the key trading partners of the United States. Turkey is the world's 15th largest economy and it is predicted that Turkey will be one of the world's 10 largest economies by 2050. Turkey is a large emerging market and, with an average growth rate of 6.7 percent, recorded the some of the highest growth rates in the OECD between 2002-2007. Turkey signed a Customs Union agreement with the European Union (EU) in 1995 and is officially recognized as a candidate for full membership in the EU. Turkey is also a springboard to the markets of Central Asia & the Middle East.

 

Lima, Peru

 

The August 2017 international study abroad destination was to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, students toured Lima’s colonial section, named a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the San Francisco monastery.  Early in the week, students learned of Peru’s past and present economic climate from Amcham Peru, a non – profit that promotes free market, trade, investment, and exchange between countries.  Mid – week, company visits included Cacaosuyo, an up and coming, world – wide acclaimed cacao/chocolate factory, and Topy Top, a leading textile manufacturer with an international clientele.  Other business visits included DP World, Hunt Oil, Barrick and Financiera Electiva.  Historical sites were also on the agenda.  Destinations included the Larco Museum, which houses one of the best pre – Columbian collections, the Temple of Pachacamac, and Mercado. 

 

 

Students in Madrid Spain_2011

 

Marid offered Massey graduate students a unique opportunity to experience a vast range of cultural activities. The Prado Museum is the most famous art museum in Spain and features art by many of the world's most renowned artists. The Reina Sofia Museum features works by Pablo Picasso. Bullfighting is also important to the culture of Madrid, and Madrid is considered to be the world center of the sport. Probably the most important pastime in Spain is soccer.

It is one of the few places where mixing business and pleasure is not only encouraged, it's compulsory. Doing business in Madrid is inextricably bound to the city's convivial restaurants, tapas bars and cerviceria. But the Madrileños also know how to make money.

The economy in Madrid is built on a largely diverse roster of important companies representing industries such as petroleum refinery, telecommunications, utilities, construction and textiles. There's also a strong banking culture in Madrid. The Madrid Region accounts for 17% of Spanish foreign trade and is the country's leading recipient of foreign direct investment.

 

Students in Milan_2014

Massey students explored the economy, business environment, history and culture of MilanItaly. While Rome is Italy's political capital, Milan is the country's economic and financial heart. Fashion, design, finance and media are the advanced sectors that drive Milan's economy, and this program will include company visits in these sectors along with presentation from government officials responsible for driving innovation and economic growth in the country. Finally, there will be a number of interesting cultural excursions.

Thousands of years of history contribute to making Milan the international center that it is today. The city is at the center of the main north-south and east-west European routes. Milan is a European and world fashion center, where the sector includes more than 12,000 companies, 800 show rooms and 6,000 sales outlets. Publishing and media are represented by 700 book publishers, newspapers and magazines. Milan is also the home to Italy's main banking groups (198 companies) and over forty foreign banks.

From a cultural perspective, Milan offers a plethora of activities to choose from, including distinguished art museums, historic churches, and a thriving nightlife. The city boasts world renowned riches such as Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper. The Via Montenapoleone is the heart of one of the world's most famous shopping districts. Window-shopping here is a feast for the eyes, with stores such as Armani, Prada and Versace displaying their wares for passersby and interested buyers alike. Finally, Milan is saturated with popular bars and clubs, which are scattered all around the city and cater to all tastes.

 

Students in Germany_2013 

Graduate students visited Munich, the capital and largest city of Germany’s state of Bavaria.  Located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps, it is the third largest city in Germany, trailing Berlin and Hamburg.  A population of 1.5 million live within the city limits, and the city played host to the 1972 Summer Olympics.  They City’s motto is “Munchen mag dich” (translated “Munich likes you”).  Modern Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in livability rankings.  Munich achieved 4th place in frequently quoted Mercer livability rankings in 2011.  For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 15th globally out of 289 cities (based on 2010 survey), and 5th in Germany by the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index based on analysis of 162 indicators.  In 2010, Monocle ranked Munich as the world’s most livable city.

 

The city is also Germany's leading high-tech location. Investors choose the Bavarian capital because of its unique mix of industries and broad spectrum of service companies, from the very smallest to the very biggest.  This fruitful blend of industries has led national players and international corporations alike to make Munich their business base.  Sectors such as information and communication technology, automotive engineering, aerospace, the life sciences, finance and the media industry are all firmly established here. Other key lines that boast excellent development prospects include medical engineering, environmental technology, nanotechnology, and measurement and control systems. Leading aspects of the local service industry include commercial law practices, legal and tax advisers, and technical service providers.

 

Students in Prague_2012

 

Massey students experienced Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and the country's industrial, commercial and cultural heart. There was ample evidence that the site of the modern city was an important trading crossroads as early as Paleolithic times. Past corporate visits included: Skoda-Volkswagen, Hewlett-Packard, Philip Morris, Pepsi Americas and Bohemia Glassworks. The trip also included` a visit to Terezin, a walled city originally established by Empress Maria Theresa. The Nazis used Terezin as a detention and concentration camp during WW II. The city is quite beautiful and somewhat deceptive of what really occurred behind the walls. Prague is a wonderful musical and artistic city. Prague is also a very international city with many young people from all over the world. Sidewalk bistros are plentiful.

 

 

Students in Brazil In Rio de Janeiro, students witnessed the beauty, excitement, and charm of Brazil's second largest metropolis.  The city is known for its mild climate, Latin music, cultural arts, and carnival celebrations, just to name a few. It is described as a -festival of senses‖. Surrounded by mountains, beaches and forests, it offers visitors breathtaking scenery within a booming metropolis. The city is a mix of old and new, with buildings constructed as early as the 17th century poised beside Rio's modern architecture.

But beyond its sheer physical beauty, Rio is a business town. In addition to tourism, the nation's increasingly powerful energy sector is focused in Rio, which is home to integrated producer Petrobras and dozens of oil service companies. In metals and mining, Rio de Janeiro is an important steel producer and the headquarters of global mining giant Vale. On the softer side, clever Cariocas (as Rio residents are known) have made their city the hub of Brazil's television, film and media production industries.

When business is done for the day, figuring out how to enjoy oneself isn't difficult. Obviously, the beach is a popular ritual. A trip to the top of the Sugarloaf or the Corcovado is also a popular option. Moreover, in the city that invented samba, it would be a quasi-criminal act not to take in some music.

 

The majestic Andean Mountain range can be seen from almost anywhere in the city of Santiago.  Due to its geographic location, Santiago is one of the few Students in Chile_2012capital cities in the world which has easy access to both ski slopes and beaches.  Most major multinational companies, whether European, North American or Japanese, have offices and/or representatives in Santiago.  The result is an exciting economy and an amazing array of foreign and local businesses.  The story of persistent economic success across significant political change provides a fascinating lesson.  The warm people provided a gracious welcome to graduate students.

 

 

Students in Seoul_2010

 

The trip to Korea explored the economy, business environment, history and culture of SeoulSouth Korea. The itinerary included company site visits, presentations from government officials responsible for driving innovation and economic growth in the country, cultural excursions, and possibly a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

With a population of more than 10 million people, Seoul is South Korea's capital and largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world. Seoul represents the country's center for business, education and modern culture. Seoul's past and present coexist in a fascinating way: centuries-old palaces, city gates, shrines, gardens and priceless art collections attest to the city's illustrious past, while the glistening facades of soaring skyscrapers and the bustling traffic represent its vibrant present. The old city is encircled by four inner mountains and four outer mountains. Each mountain has a unique beauty of its own while boasting natural scenic landscapes and spectacular views overlooking the city of Seoul. Of course, Korean cuisine is also a must during a trip to the peninsula, either at a modern or traditional restaurant.

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, South Korea has become a modern democracy. Once known to be one of the world's poorest agrarian societies with per capita GNI of only $87 in 1962, the country has made an incredible economic transformation in less than four decades. An outward-oriented economic development strategy, which used exports as the engine of growth, contributed greatly to the radical economic transformation of Korea. Today GNI stands at over $20,000 per capita making it one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

 
 

Students in Shanghai, China

Massey students visited ShanghaiChina; the biggest and busiest port city and its most important industrial and commercial center. Its 20 million people are known for their business acumen, quick wit and sophistication, and the city is often believed to be China's most fashionable and international, boasting the best shopping and nightlife. In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the Western and Eastern. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.

The city has attracted hundreds of foreign companies in recent years, including the Asia-Pacific headquarters of General Motors, McDonald's, and FedEx. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, large-scale retailers, and high-profile chefs are all flocking to the Pearl of the Orient, giving the city an effervescence that it hasn't felt since the decadent 1930s. Back then, the city's central park, People's Square, was a racetrack. Now a new band of gamblers have arrived, hoping they've backed the right horse and looking to join China's merry band of 320,000 millionaires.

 

 

Students in Singapore

 

Singapore, a tiny island city-nation in the Pacific, once considered a third world country, is now a vital, global transportation hub. How could a third world county with multiple limitations, including land, sea space and people, make such an evolution? In this course, students studied the business approach that made this accomplishment possible, examining how, for over thirty years, the country invested in developing a sophisticated technology to leverage its limited resources and become a world leader in seaport operations. Visits to ports, shippers, and freightliners were planned to show business theories come to life. Cultural visits were also included.

 

 

 

Taipei, Taiwan 2017In spring 2017, Healthcare and Professional MBA as well as MACC students traveled to Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city with a population of approximately 7 million residents.  The primary focus of the trip was healthcare – specific.  MBA and MACC students began with an overview of Taiwanese history, economy, and business culture early in the week. Visits included the American Chamber of Commerce, Taipei, in addition to a trip to IKEA which is franchised by the Dairy Farm Group. The neighborhood IKEA was established to introduce the IKEA brand to the people of Taiwan.  Mid – week, grad students visited healthcare companies such as the SHL group and iStaging for presentations on the issues and challenges with manufacturing as well as the future of technology in virtual reality and its business applications.  Additional company visits included JWT, Taiwan, for a presentation on the profile of a Taiwanese consumer and marketing strategies.  Students enjoyed the remainder of trip exploring the cultural side of Taiwan.  Destinations included: the Presidential Building, the Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall, the Center Martyrs’ Shrine, the National Palace Museum, and the Chinese Temple.

 

 

Students in Vienna 2015

 

Vienna used to be terribly old-fashioned. Its broad, sweeping boulevards are as grandiose as anything in Paris, but the atmosphere in its corner cafes was generally pretty sleepy. Grad students visited a city that is as handsome and elegant as ever. With a host of new bars and restaurants to complement its haughty monuments, Vienna has rediscovered its joie de vivre.

While relaxing over coffee or wine is among Vienna’s most traditional pastimes, the city offers much more. Vienna is one of the world’s safest cities and counts excellent availability and variety of international schools, as well as quality housing, among its many other advantages. In fact, the city was recently ranked No. 1 in the world for quality of life for the third consecutive year.




Students in Poland_2013

With the trip to WarsawPoland, students experienced a dynamically developing member of the European Union with a young society, strong economy and good prospects for the future. Global companies are choosing Poland because of the availability of a highly qualified lab, presence of universities, and the largest market in Central Europe.

Warsaw is Poland’s capital, largest city, and principal business center. A city of young people, Warsaw is known for its history and traditions. The city’s history began early in the 14th century.Because of total destruction by the Nazis, it was practically rebuilt after World War II. The faithful reconstruction of the Old Town was recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage. The city is filled with a great number of beautiful urban parks, and a vibrant cafe, restaurant and club scene.

Krakow was Poland’s capital until 1609, and it still remains Poland’s leading cultural and spiritual center. Each year millions of tourists delight in the beautiful old architecture, magnificent artwork, narrow streets and alleys, and centuries old churches.