Cohort 6 of the Trans Global Executive MBA (T-GEMBA) Program traveled to Spain and Belgium for a two week course - International Management: Doing Business in Europe. In collaboration with our Lasallian partner school in Barcelona, La Salle Business Engineering School and The University of Antwerp Management School, every day was spent being immersed in relevant cultural learning experiences that included, receiving lectures from top faculty at both Universities, visiting NGO's and non profits and being warmly received at leading companies in Barcelona, Antwerp and Brussels.
Led by SEBA Professor Andrew Wilson, this particular course was designed for the Trans Global Executive MBA participant; a high level executive manager wanting to learn about the European Union and how to do business in Europe with the goal of setting up and managing a business in Europe.
In Spain, the group visited The Catalonia Parliament and the Catalonia City Hall who hosted a Cava reception with representatives from the Mayor's office. The group visited a cross section of Corporate Industries in Barcelona including media software leader MediaPro, hospitality software start-up Voxel, wine industry pioneer Torres Winery, dairy products NGO LaFageda, and Banking giant-LaCaxia. Think Globally, Lead Responsibility is a way of thinking in T-GEMBA and the group visited NGO LaSalle Comptal in the Gothic section of Barcelona where dedicated staff improve the lives of children. The cohort was very moved by the visit and took up a collection and gave a substantial donation to this amazing NGO. "Because of Saint Mary's Graduate Business connections at our partner Universities,we are able to receive lectures at the University from esteemed faculty such as Ramon Olle, President of LaSalle Business Engineering School" said Catherine Barbagallo, Global Programs Manager who planned the trip and also accompanied the group, "We visit top companies and receive presentations from the highest level executives".
In Belgium the group received presentations from high ranking officials during visits to The European Commission and The European Parliament in Brussels and visited Caritas, the largest Catholic Charities non profit dedicated to international humanitarian aid. Highlights of their very busy time in Antwerp was a visit to the Diamond District which included a lecture from Diamond Commission President Mr. Van Bockstael and a demonstration of diamond cutting in a private diamond lab. In addition to lectures on the EU and the European Economy from faculty at the University of Antwerp Management School, the class visited grocery giant Delhaize and the Belgium brewery Duval. At both companies they received presentations on the respective industries from Company top officials.
Paul Larking, T-GEMBA participant recaps his trip, "The trip was everything we had hoped for and more. The team really came together as we traveled from Barcelona to Brussels and Brugge nourishing mind, body and soul during a jam packed two week cultural learning experience. There were many high points and some moving moments along the way. Both La Salle Barcelona and the Universtity of Antwerp were extremely gracious hosts and provided critical insights to the workings of the European Union. What a memorable trip!"