SMIB : Chinese Study trip
15/04/2011

A delegation of sixty-two SMIB students embarked upon a 10-day study trip to Beijing and Shanghai (...)



15/04/2011

SMIB : Chinese Study trip

A delegation of sixty-two SMIB students embarked upon a 10-day study trip to Beijing and Shanghai, China, on Thursday, February 24, led by Sylvie Ménissier-Novat, AcademicDirector of the Program and Corinne Peiffert, AssociateDirector for AcademicAffairs in Singapore.

This study trip was valuable and rewarding, and an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand the political, economic and social changes that arehelping China transform into an economic powerhouse. This special tour exposed the participants to the global business environment, so that they can witness how fast-growing economies in developing countries provide opportunities for businesses in the Chinese market. Most of the students “gained a better understanding of the culture, work ethic and professionalism of the Chinese by interacting with business professionals, entrepreneurs, and bankers”, says Julie Savino, the head of the organization team.


 
They visited the Chinese facilities of a wide range of companies in Beijing and Shanghai like Airbus, Lenovo, Deloitte, Technochina, and Bureau Veritas. They could even experience a real Chinese state-owned company, Shanghai Electric, which has a unique way of doing business andfollowsdifferent interpersonal interaction. The students also squeezed in visits to famouscultural places including Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and the bright city lights of Beijing and Shanghai. The highlight of the week has been walking on the great wall covered by snow in Mutianyu, where all the SMIBs could finally become “men”as the saying goes (不到长城非好汉, if you fail to reach the Great Wall, you are not a man). It was a remarkable week by any ones standards.
However, the most important aspect of this trip was thatit strengthened the cohesion within the group after two months in Singapore. All in all, this trip was a meaningful educational experience for the students. Some of them were reallyimpressed by China and might work there in the future to make some tangible decisionsand reinforce ESSEC network across Asia.

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