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Global Connections

Students tackle global business issues

July 17, 2010

Students in the Colorado State University Denver Executive MBA program who are working managers, executives, and entrepreneurs, stepped outside their evening classes this June to travel to Russia and Germany for an international study tour.

CSU College of Business Denver Executive M.B.A. students outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

Business students travel overseas

Colorado State University business students studied issues concerning international business and cultural differences while traveling in Germany and Russia as part of an international study tour June 4-13, 2010.

Global learning experience

CSU’s College of Business Denver Executive Master of Business Administration program gave students the opportunity to study supply chain management, economics, marketing and leadership during the study tour.

The tour consisted of company visits, interaction with government leaders, history lessons, specialized lectures and cultural immersion.

Unique insights into Russia

“The trip provided the opportunity to apply the classroom discussions in a very direct way,” said John Hoxmeier, associate dean of CSU’s College of Business. “From a business perspective, we don’t understand Russia very well. The students had a unique experience.” 

Stops at auto and solar companies

The German leg of the study tour brought students to GM Opel, an automobile company, and SMA Solar, a solar energy equipment company that opened a production plant in Denver in 2009. Students also attended presentations at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and European Central Bank, and were special guests at an exhibition on the future of mobility and transportation.

Meeting Russian deputy prime minister, Russian MBA students

The Russian portion of the study tour included business visits to Kazan Helicopters, Kazanorgsintez Plastics and Efes, a global brewing company. The students participated in a presentation on e-government from Nikolay Nikiforov, the deputy prime minister of the Tatarstan region of Russia, and a presentation on the cultural implications of conducting business in Russia, together with the College of Business Russian MBA students.   

While in Russia, students learned about the culture through tours of Moscow and a visit to the Kremlin.

Contact: Jennifer Dimas
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