In November, fifteen University of New England students will have the opportunity to go on the study tour of a lifetime in China. During the eleven day tour, the students will be immersed in intercultural learning, particularly in relation to business development opportunities in one of the world’s fastest growing economic powers.
In Beijing students will meet with economic advisors and Government officials before visiting a farm which produces 80,000 cattle and 200,000 sheep each year. In Shandong Province students will be able to experience the enormity of a 60,000 hectare vegetable farm which exports vegetables worldwide. The tour will incorporate visits to manufacturers as well as identifying the power of small business enterprise in China.
The tour will also include a visit to Hong Kong, where students will be involved in trade and business meetings in the financial industry.
Professor Alison Sheridan, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at UNE, said the tour will be an opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of the economic world around them.
“This exciting initiative of the Business School demonstrates UNE’s commitment to educating students who are globally active,” Professor Sheridan said.
“We are very grateful to the UNE Foundation for their significant financial support they have offered to students who take part in the program.”
Students are also able to access Federal Government support through OS-HELP.
Dr Lou Conway, one of the Business School academics accompanying the tour, said the value of the learning opportunity for business students will be profound.
“Students will see the relevance of what they learn in their degrees and they may identify career opportunities that they may not have otherwise considered possible.”