To broaden students' global perspectives the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) has started a partnership with Beijing University (also known as Peking University). Beijing University is a comprehensive national university, ranked as number one in China, with a population of 35,000 students. “Partnering with a prestigious educational institution like Beijing University reflects SEBA’s emphasis on quality education – a Lasallian core principle,” said Zhan Li, Dean of School of Economics and Business Administration. “Having students exposed to one of the most dynamic economies in the world undoubtedly enriches their learning experience at Saint Mary’s as well as their professional and personal lives."
To kickoff the partnership, SEBA recently sent a group of 19 graduate business students to Beijing University, as part of a global management course (GMAN 353: International Management) to learn about business practices in China, Chinese culture and China’s impact on the world. SMC students have had amazing opportunities to dialogue with American business executives in China, Chinese business professors and culture experts, and leaders of China’s state-owned enterprises. This rich experience allows the students to understand China from different angles and perspectives – an important Liberal Arts tradition. Among the companies SMC students visited are Capital Steel Company, one of China’s largest steel companies with over 180,000 employees, and Ogilvy and Mather Company, one of the most respected public relations and marketing company in the world. The students also visited the Immigrant Women’s Club, an NGO organization. The goal of this NGO is to develop women leaders while offering assistance, resources, and opportunities as well as reaching out to immigrant workers coming to Beijing for work. In reflecting her trip to China, MBA student, Tamara Kaccem, said, “It’s so amazing to come here and apply the concepts I've been learning in classes these last few years. The best way I can describe China is from something I have heard from our speakers: ‘It (China) is big and it is fast’.”
Janet Amador, Associate Director of Global Programs chronicled the daily adventures from GMAN 353 (International Management in Beijing) as they occured. For more information about travel/study abroad class opportunities for MBA students and alumni, please contact Janet Amador, Associate Director of Global Programs.
About Saint Mary’s School of Economics and Business Administration
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s College of California is a cornerstone institution of the San Francisco bay area. After nearly 150 years, with a network of more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, Saint Mary’s tradition of educational excellence is stronger than ever. The School of Economics and Business Administration’s vision is to be an internationally recognized business and economics school for developing individuals who think globally and lead responsibly. Small class sizes facilitate collaboration, accessibility, and engaging discussions with our distinguished faculty, and an interactive learning environment focused on practical business knowledge, serves to provide our students with the maximum return on their investment.