During spring break, 10 MBA students and faculty traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland for an international business experience of a lifetime, led by Assistant Dean Dr. Jacqueline Elcik and Dr. Francine Newth. The MBA Go Global! elective course was designed to complement students’ academic experience here in the United States, allowing them to travel to a designated destination to learn how business is done abroad. Students who participate in the program come home equipped with the skills to lead in an increasingly global business world. Past destinations have included Milan, Paris, Edinburgh, and New Brunswick.
This year’s trip to Edinburgh consisted of eight days and seven nights exploring the city, with visits to an array of companies and campuses. The trip started off with a tour of the Craiglockhart campus at Edinburgh Napier University, and lunch at Spoon Restaurant. Next, the group toured The University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics, and Archaeology and discussed the effects of Brexit to wrap up their first day. Discussion of Brexit was a crucial aspect of the course. The group had the unique opportunity of learning about its far-reaching effects in the very place that it occurred. Having learned about and seen the effects of Brexit in Edinburgh, the group returned home with valuable new perspectives.
During the week, the group visited two companies. The company visits exposed the group to how business is done in Scotland, and how norms might differ from those in the United States. Other tours and activities throughout the week included the Merchiston campus and the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, a tour and tasting at Glenkinchie Distillery, a parliament session, and exploring The University of St. Andrews.
The trip concluded with a farewell dinner and ceilidh at Ghillie Dhu, a traditional Scottish bar in the West End. Not only did the group gain unique experiences in Edinburgh and learn how business is conducted in the United Kingdom, but they gained lasting friendships and are looking forward to a reunion in the near future. Here is what a few of this year’s participants had to say about the trip:
“It was an incredible, action-packed trip, filled with present and future challenges in the business world.” – Dave Hansen
“The class allowed us to experience and appreciate the business and educational environment from another country’s point of view…I would definitely do the trip again if given the opportunity, and would recommend that everyone take an international class at least once to expand their knowledge of the world, the many cultures, and business.” – Roy Marshall
“Engaging with local MBA students and companies provided great insight into the academic culture and business climate in Scotland. With today’s corporations being more globally connected than ever before, it is important that we continue to immerse ourselves in different cultures to develop our global mindset.” – Bill Kalinowski
“Our experience in Scotland is one that will never be forgotten as we took the current event of Brexit and we not only studied it extensively, but we put ourselves right into the heart of the situation.” – Peter Kokias
The MBA Go Global! program celebrates another successful trip!