FOURTEEN MBA (Executive) students from Australian Catholic University headed to New York City recently for the School of Business’ inaugural International Study Tour.
Led by Professor Donald Ross, the students were hosted by Fordham University and conducted field research on business management in the United States – focusing on comparative financial, marketing and human resource management practices.
Second-year student Blake Sinclair said the tour was a great opportunity to see New York from a different angle.
“I was really keen to see the city and understand how the culture and business world differed from my experience as an Australian manager,” he said.
“I thought it would be a great practical learning experience and a lot of fun, as well as a great way to get to know my fellow students better, and a networking opportunity which will potentially assist me in working in the USA in the future.”
For many business students, international study tours are becoming an important part of the university experience – reflecting an increasing demand for managers who understand how business works in other cultures.
The study tour was split up into three groups who covered different topics on marketing, human resource management and finance.
“My group’s area of focus was finance, with visits to five different organisations in New York City,” Blake said.
“Interviews were conducted at Citigroup, JP Morgan, Sidley Austin, Gamco Investments and Austrade – the Australian Trade Commission.
“We then reported on the differences in culture between Australia and the USA, and how these cultural differences should be considered when undertaking business between the two countries.
“I believe international study tours are extremely important for business students, as it’s a great chance to learn new practical skills, develop networks, and open your horizons.”
ACU offers MBA Executive courses in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
There are six entry dates a year.
For more information on studying business at ACU visit www.acu.edu.au/business