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December 4, 2016
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Students from Laurier’s School of Business & Economics off to China

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Mar 1/12

Forty-seven fourth-year business students are busy packing their bags for a two-week trip to China to learn more about international business. The trip, leaving March 3, is part of the international concentration for Laurier’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program.

Accompanying the students is David Rose, acting associate MBA director, and Mitali De, professor of Operations and Decision Sciences.

“Textbooks and academic literature can’t keep up with the rapid growth and changes in China,” said Rose. “Providing this experience to our students will help increase their global understanding of international business.”

The students will be visiting 18 companies in China during their 13-day stay, including local companies Christie Digital, Unitron and Manulife. The trip will include cultural experiences as well, with visits to the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. Another important stop students will be making is to Laurier’s China office, located at Chongqing University, which the university opened in 2007 to promote academic collaboration, research partnerships and faculty and student exchanges.

Students will also be given the opportunity to network and have dinner with some of Laurier’s BBA alumni who are currently living and working in China. 

“This is such an exciting opportunity for students,” said Sally Ragenstreif, a fourth-year BBA co-op student. “I have already found a job at Scotiabank, which happens to have an office in China, for when I graduate. This trip will give me a chance to travel to another part of the world, learn about Chinese culture and apply what I have learned in a different setting.”

The international concentration program for Laurier BBA students is an innovative way to enhance students’ learning experiences. Each year, the class votes on where they would like to go. In the past, students have gone to India and China. More destination options are being planned for next year.


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