Before RIT Executive MBA students depart on their international trip, they learn about the country in an International Business course through lectures, case studies, and group discussions. After arriving in country, the students continue learning from the leaders of companies representing a variety of industries. These visits often include operational tours, company presentations, and even live case studies to explore the challenges and opportunities facing firms in these countries.
This fall will mark our 40th international trip for the RIT Executive MBA Program. The international trip is a required portion of the curriculum and coincides with International Business and Finance courses. In addition to visiting companies, and receiving presentations on country-specific topics as a group, there are cultural visits to key points of interest. There is also the consulting project in which individual teams of three-four students each visit and interview executives at selected companies to enable them to conduct and complete their respective team projects during the trip. Teams make contact with a specific company in –country ahead of time. They research that company and industry in preparation for their consulting project.
In the past, the majority of EMBA trips were to Prague, Czech Republic. We had an established relationship with VSE (Prague School of Economics) and the students raved about these trips. After 14 years of going to Prague, we took a trip to China and had a great experience. After a few trips to China, we started a more formal analysis to evaluate new location possibilities and determine where we could provide the best experience each year. Since 2012, our trips have included: