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GBI Vietnam group. Photo: CBE

GBI Vietnam group. Photo: CBE

Renewed ELP funding for student study tours

15 April 2019

The College of Business and Economics (CBE) has been successful in obtaining funding from the Department of Education and Training’s Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP). The ELP provides support for short and long-term study, research and professional development opportunities.

The College will use the funding to support several Global Business Immersion (GBI) courses that take students on study tours of countries such as Russia, USA and Chile. This funding means that across three different trips, 10 CBE students will each receive $2,500 to assist with participation in the GBI courses.

The GBI program

The College is committed to giving students the opportunity to develop their academic knowledge, cultural understanding, and confidence on a global scale. Senior lecturer Dr Andrew Bradly has been instrumental in building the GBI program so that it reflects the growing need for students to have cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary experience before embarking on their careers. Associate Professor Vinh Lu helps run GBI and believes firmly in the value of the renewed funding.

“Enriching student experience through global mobility programs is a key initiative in CBE. The Endeavour Mobility Grants will enable a large cohort of CBE students to embark on their quest for global knowledge, expertise and citizenship. We are grateful for the competitive funding from the Department of Education and Training, the partnerships with our institutional and industry partners, and the support from our alumni community,” says Associate Professor Lu.

The structure of the GBI program can be broken down into three key components; academia, industry, and culture. On each of the trips, students engage with local businesses and tertiary institutions through lectures and visits to meet their leaders, and have the chance to see places of historical value.

GBI Vietnam 2

Measuring experiences

Dr Bradly and his colleagues who convene the GBI courses put together a detailed survey for students to fill out, allowing them to track student outcomes such as improved cultural intelligence and independence.

Capturing this information allows Dr Bradly to make improvements to future offerings and build a source of data that is already being applied in research on cultural intelligence and student wellbeing. Dr Bradly has seen first-hand the kind of impact these courses can have and how valuable they are in preparing students for a global job market.

“The Global Business Immersion study tours have enabled CBE students to learn from business leaders in ways that are simply not possible in the classroom. The deep learning that comes from a study tour to a new country environment helps our students to build their networks, confidence, and even change their career directions.”

For more information on upcoming GBI study tours, see here.

Updated:   26 April 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team