A group of 11 students and alumni from REGENT Business School jets off to China tomorrow (14 September 2018) as part of the Shanghai Business Study Tour 2018. The group of professionals and executives from Durban, Johannesburg, Swaziland and Zimbabwe will spend a week as guests of the Shanghai University of International Business and Economic (SUIBE).
The business study tour combines lectures with networking opportunities and visits to some of China’s most prolific manufacturing plants and businesses. The student delegates will gain knowledge to help them understand and navigate the intricacies of China’s unique business culture. The programme also allows for some sightseeing so the Southern African student contingent will have an all-encompassing experience abroad that includes local culture, cuisine and history.
Now in its sixth year, the Shanghai Business Study Tour (14 – 22 September 2018) is organised by REGENT Business School in conjunction with Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), both of which are members of Honoris United Universities.
“Our students at REGENT Business School are empowered with skills, knowledge and expertise that equip them to be members of a global workforce,” explains Dr Ahmed Shaikh, Managing Director of REGENT Business School. “The Shanghai Business Study Tour is an additional business globalisation perspective that we offer to our students. The experience is invaluable as it complements our teaching with action-oriented exposure to globally-connected business operations. The student contingent will gain a first-hand understanding of how the advances in transportation, technology, infrastructure and communication have dramatically increased the level of global interaction in China and take these key learnings and insights back home.”
Dr Shaikh adds, “Furthermore, it is crucial that high performance individuals who are seeking an international career trajectory understand that there are socio-cultural implications in doing business abroad. Our delegates will have, albeit for a week, the opportunity to work in multi- and cross-disciplinary teams and benefit from exposure to the ideas, knowledge and skills of peers from other disciplines and cultures.”
The student delegates, all of whom are employed full-time as executives and professionals in the Management, Finance, Mining, Construction, Private Sector, Education and Local Government quarters, arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on 15 September 2018.
They will have academic insights into the business environment in China, network with some of SUIBE’s prominent thought-leaders and have opportunities to engage in academic discourse. Combining academia with hands-on experience of the manner in which business is conducted in Shanghai, the students will visit various companies and plants such as the BASF production site in Pudong, the iron and steel conglomerate, Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation, Shanghai Usky Information Technology and SAIC Volkswagen. The business study tour has been designed to also factor in time for the southern African student contingent to enjoy the sights and sounds of Shanghai including experiencing a traditional tea ceremony, visiting the Shanghai Science Museum, the Oriental Pearl Tower and the famous Shanghai Circus.
REGENT Business School BCom Honours student, Precious Khumalo, is looking forward to gaining invaluable experience abroad. “I am keen to experience culture and understand globalisation in China as well experience how other companies operate,” says Khumalo, an Executive Personal Assistant at Tibiyo Taka Ngwane in Swaziland.
Final year MBA student, DIaplesa Lekhanya, is interested in the intellectual property of businesses in China. The HR executive at Stibium Mining, Gauteng says she will be taking extensive notes. “I’m hoping to gain insight into how companies from China think outside the box. China is the most economically diverse country and I want to learn from them.”
The Shanghai Business Study Tour culminates in a graduation ceremony on 21 September 2018 where each delegate will receive a Certificate of Participation from the Dean of SUIBE. The REGENT Business School delegates return to South Africa on 23 September 2018.