Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

November 2016

Global Immersion Program Will Bring Berkeley College M.B.A. Students to India

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Graduate students will visit to the National Stock Exchange of India (above) and global companies representing the auto manufacturing, software service, retail and advertising industries.

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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Management program at Berkeley College is planning a Global Immersion Experience to the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, India, an optional trip for students following the spring 2017 semester.

“This trip will provide live global exposure for our senior M.B.A. students,” said Maya Reddi, Ph.D., Management, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies. “By collaborating with the Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research in Mumbai, we will provide both classroom and field experiences in global businesses.”

In Mumbai, plans include visits to the National Stock Exchange of India and global companies representing the auto manufacturing, software service, retail and advertising industries. In New Delhi, India’s capital city, visits are planned to Microsoft India and PepsiCo India.

“This Global Immersion program will develop higher levels of critical thinking through the integration of learning into applied international settings,” said Chris Grevesen, Ph.D., Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies.

Graduate student Marie Chapin, who works in Employee Services for United Parcel Service, said the Global Immersion program will give her an edge she can apply to her career with a global organization.

“As an emerging country, I want to find out what (India is) doing,” she said. “How are they going to grow? Then we can compare and contrast. I will have a more defined global perspective.”

Bryan Hoppe, an M.B.A. student and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Coordinator at Berkeley College, agreed.

“As globalization makes the world more interconnected, emerging markets like India will continue to have much greater impact on American businesses,” he said. “Understanding how companies operate in that region will better prepare us to collaborate and compete in a worldwide marketplace.”

In addition to broadening participants’ academic horizons, the Global Immersion program aims to increase knowledge of local customs, cultures, and historical experiences, Dr. Reddi said. The group will conclude their journey to India with a sightseeing visit to a 16th-century Mughal Empire site and the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra, and will take a Bollywood tour.

For more information on the Global Immersion Experience, contact Chris Grevesen, Dean, School of Graduate Studies, at Chris-Grevesen@BerkeleyCollege.edu.