Over two jam packed weeks during the mid-semester break in September, 21 CBE students toured Europe as part of a global immersion study tour. Dr Vesna Sedoglavich and Dr Andrew Bradly, Senior Lecturers at the Research School of Management, lead the study tour through three European countries; Slovenia, Italy and Croatia.
The study tour included activities over an intense 10 days including lectures at several universities, industry visits and sightseeing. Students experienced the diversity and complexity of the European Union, which currently consists of 28 different member states.
“The Global Business Immersion course and our study tour to Europe was a great opportunity for CBE students to gain a first-hand insight into the business environment in Slovenia, Italy and Croatia,” said Dr Sedoglavich.
“Students gained a better understanding of the business challenges and opportunities in Europe, and the factors that have shaped business practices in the three countries.”
The over-arching goal of this in-country intensive course is to provide students with an exposure to the business environment of the selected country providing an opportunity to understand the cultural and historical dimensions that shape business practice. This course also puts emphasise on personal and professional development in key areas such as leadership, management, marketing, entrepreneurship and international business.
“Because each of these countries joined the European Union at different times and under different circumstances, students will be encouraged to compare and contrast how European Union integration has impacted on businesses within these countries.”
The global immersion study tour is open to any CBE undergraduate student in their third year (or later) is designed to take the student out of the classroom and out into the world, pushing the students to see beyond textbook examples and gain real-world experience in a global context.
Third year Bachelor of Commerce/International Relations student Clodagh O’Dogherty speaks highly of the study tour and the value it’s given her ANU experience.
“It’s so fantastic to have a really immersive course like that, I really like the intensive course style, but this trip is taken to the next level” said Clodagh
“We were learning straight from the CEO of the company to the people working on the floor. Culture, society and the local economy are so important to business as well, and being able to see how the two interacted together was so interesting, it was like nothing you would get in the classroom, and industries you don’t see in Australia, like manufacturing, where it’s not a huge part of the economy. It’s just so different in Slovenia.”
For third Year, Bachelor of Business Administration student, Mohammad Zaidi, the whole experience pushed him to develop his job readiness in a really supportive way.
“Team building is very important for the job market. This program made you think seriously about how the social impacts on your work environment work in conjunction alongside working collectively toward common goals,” said Mohammad.
The ANU College of Business and Economics places a strong focus on developing student’s employability skills through work integrated learning; developing skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving.
The College is currently planning the next study tour for April 2017, CBE will take up to 25 students to China’s capital Beijing for an intensive 10 day tour.
Find out more at the global immersion webpage.