MBA730 China Study Tour Summary
The MBA730/EMBA780 International Study Tour offered at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is an optional course undertaken every year by selected students in the university’s executive MBA and MBA programs. The course aims to improve students understanding and appreciation for doing business in different countries by fully immersing in foreign cultures and business contexts. This year, the study tour visited two cities in China, Beijing and Xi’an. I was fortunate enough to be part of this tour and it was an incredible experience for me.
The academic learning component of the tour was very well rounded. The organisations that we visited were from different industry sectors ranging from logistics to marketing, pharmaceuticals, technology, and manufacturing, where they also had speakers from both Chinese and non-Chinese backgrounds. Moreover, we even got to visit an international non-profit organisation to get an overview of their role in China. All this gave great depth to our learning experience and enhanced our understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China.
In addition to the visits, the hands-off approach taken by the facilitators allowed us to take the lead during these site visits and work independently on our on-site assessment. As a result, this helped us to develop our skills in team building, organisation and presentation.
Not only was the tour focused on academic learning, but we also attended cultural tours which were immense fun and gave us a true taste of the local culture and heritage. We got to visit historical locations and immerse ourselves in the delicious cuisine, epic scenery and mingle with the local people. Highlights for me were walking on the Great Wall and visiting to the Terracotta Warriors. In addition, I also got to eat a deep-fried bullfrog which ended up being one of the tastiest meals I had on the entire trip!
For a Papua New Guinean, not only did I get to learn about the Chinese culture, I also got a good dose of the Australian culture as well (often loud but always open and filled with humour!). And I got to appreciate how different China is to Australia, and how PNG is relative to both these countries. I now feel like I have a greater appreciation of and respect for different cultures, which I can say is a direct result of taking this course.
Overall, the learning experience, the cultural immersion, getting to meet new people from different cultural backgrounds and working as a team, all together make the Study Tour the highlight of my MBA studies at USC. So, for those thinking of taking the Study Tour, I would highly recommend it. And if you’re considering doing a MBA or EMBA, I’d say you’d definitely be getting quality education and value for your money at USC.
Check out Joshua’s Highlights below! 👇