International Field Trip
DIVERSIFYING IBGM: OUR DESTINATIONS
Your Exposure to the Global Business Environment
|Economic, social and cultural revitalization|
The Spanish economy marked the fourth consecutive year of robust economic growth since 2013. In October 2017, a group of IBGM students set off to Spain to explore the two premier cities -- Madrid and Barcelona. During the trip, they paid visits to Banco Santander, Acerinox, CodorniuWinery, CaixaBank and TorronsVicens. The dynamic and well-established business environment in Spain provided unique opportunities for students to explore first-hand understanding of international business and global management. The trip was exceptionally eye-opening and has been the experience of a lifetime for the IBGMers.
|The Little Kingdom with Endless Opportunities|
As Scandinavia’s smallest country, Denmark flourishes in its multiplicity of characteristics ranging from innovative trade and retails, palaces to pastries. In October 2015, IBGM freshmen ventured into Denmark’s three most prominent cities - Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus. During the firm visits, they stepped inside the business realms of Maersk, Saxo Bank, COWI, BoConcept, Bestseller and Kjeldsens Group. Each of these businesses offered a unique insight towards its individual industry, rewarding students with a phenomenal experience. To illustrate, IBGMers were captivated by BoConcept’s intriguing furniture conceptualisation competing with IKEA’s and, were enthralled by the crisp and fresh aroma of butter cookies forming in Kjeldsens' factory.
|The New Canals Between Europe and Asia|
In October 2014, IBGM freshmen embarked on a short journey to explore the dynamics of Western Europe in the Netherlands and Belgium. During the trip, they visited major cities including: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, and Rotterdam. Students gained valuable insights through their firm visits to Heineken, Port of Rotterdam, ING Bank, Port of Ghent, and Euroclear. In particular, the visit to the Port of Rotterdam - the largest port in Europe - broadened their understanding of the port industry. It was fascinating for IBGMers to explore the successful integration of technology in the port, where ships of goods were delivered from the heart of Europe to worldwide locations. The fieldtrip provided IBGMers with a once in a lifetime experience that goes beyond extraordinary.
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|The Graceful Blend of Culture and Business|
Lying at the heart of Central Europe, Austria and Hungary beautifully presents the integration of cultural elements (architecture, arts, music and literature) in business practices. In October 2013, IBGM students traveled to Vienna and Budapest to experience the European business culture. They paid firm visits to Opel, MOL, Szentkiralyi, Novomatic, Cargo-partner, and Domane Wachau. The visit to premier winery, Domane Wachau, was exceptionally eye-opening. Not only did students learn about the unique Austrian wine culture, they also witnessed how natural landscape can shape a country, industry, and business. The fieldtrip gave new insights to students, who were genuinely awed by the blending of culture and business in a European way.
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|An Iberian Taste of Modern Business Practices|
In October 2012, our 3-year cohort of IBGM freshmen visited Spain, a country with the 12th largest economy in the world, a rich cultural history, and influence in global politics. Firm visits were made to Banco Santander, Telefonica, Barcelona Football Club, University of Barcelona, FCC Construction, and Bodegas Torres’ vineyard. In particular, they were impressed with the contribution of Telefonica’s work environment to employee satisfaction, and with F.C. Barcelona’s plans to expand their business into overseas markets. Overall, their fieldtrip experience enriched their business knowledge, whilst providing them with ample opportunity to soak in the sights of Spain.
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|A Bridge Connecting Europe and Asia|
Turkey, a former Muslim country, has many unique characteristics. Possessing a rich, storied history, it glitters with major relics left from its past four empires. It has also benefitted from one of the fastest growth rates in recent years, contributing to its rapid modernization. Connecting Europe and Asia, it bridges the two continents both culturally and economically. In October 2011, IBGM students visited this fascinating country. The trip started with a visit to TEPAV, a prestigious think tank, and Bilkent University, where the students obtained a macro-view of the country. Their journey then led them to TOBB, the union of chambers, and Isbank, the largest bank in Turkey. They also visited Desan Shipyard, one of the major players in the industry for commercial and military vessels. The intellectually broadening trip closed with a morning cruise bathed in beautiful sunshine on the Bosporus Strait.
Germany & The Czech Republic
|Accelerate with Modern Engine and Energy|
In October 2009, a group of IBGM students set off to Europe to discover its prosperity and the secrets behind. During the trip, students toured five cities in Germany and the Czech Republic. They visited Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg and Skoda in Mlada Boleslav to get a better insight of European automotive industry. Moreover, a visit toSolarwatt - one of the leading companies in German solar industry located in Dresdenprovided students with deeper understanding of photovoltaic and renewable energy, as well as new business opportunities. The beauty and romance of Europe was impressive; more was the developed business and industry. Students presented their reflection of the trip in the form of making short podcasts with careful thoughts and creativity.
|A Tale of Two Cities|
A small geographical area, a lack of natural resources, and a history of British colonization are a few characteristics shared by Hong Kong and Singapore. Yet, these two unique cities have miraculously emerged to become highly attractive to businesses and expatriates. In October 2006, IBGM students went to Singapore, exploring its areas of success as well as weaknesses in comparison with those of Hong Kong. Companies such as DBS Bank, Standard Chartered, Singapore Airlines, and BAX Global were visited; and upon returning to Hong Kong, follow-up visits were made to similar companies established here.
|Social Responsibility in The Big Apple|
Being one of the world's most important financial centers, New York had a lot to offer to IBGM students who visited the city in the summer of 2007. The New York Stock Exchange, Morgan Stanley, AIG and Microsoft were just a few of the many firms visited during the 9-day trip, where students were able to gain insight on how corporations balance their profit-seeking practices with social responsibility.
|A City of the Future and Beyond|
Dubai has transformed from being a regional trading hub into a dynamic center for world businesses. How has Dubai managed this feat in a just a 30-year time-span? This was the question in mind as Year 3 IBGM students travelled to Dubai in October 2007 to get an insider's view on the city's development. In groups, students explored Dubai's success in real estate development, hospitality and tourism, and free economic zones. Students also learnt more about the Arabic lifestyle by having cultural visits to places such as the Souks and desert camp.
|Strategies for Global Expansion|
Japan has always been an economic superpower. The strategies for global expansion of renowned Japanese corporations were studied in a recently concluded trip to Tokyo and Osaka. IBGM students visited Japan's largest financial institution, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, as well as leading trading firms, Itochu and Mitsubishi Corporation. The strategic business relationship among Japan, Hong Kong and the Mainland was also covered during visits to the External and Trade Office of the HKSAR Government.