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Globetrotting UC Davis MBAs in Milan and Istanbul
International Study Trip Offers First-hand Experience and Insights

After 10-weeks of intensive classroom classroom preparation, 21 UC Davis MBA students are on the ground in Milan, Italy, through March 25, then onto Istanbul, Turkey, from March 27-30.

Their goal: study the business realities, getting a first-hand look and gaining greater understanding of the management practices in Italy and Turkey and their economic links to the Americas and globally. Executives, managers and policymakers will brief them about their challenges, and the short-term and long-term strategies and solutions they implement.

The itinerary includes insider briefings and tours to get a first-hand look and gain greater understanding of the management practices in Italy and Turkey, gaining new insights into international trade and the distinct twists in each country’s business environment.

UC Davis MBA student will be getting a first-hand look at:

  • Automotive and fashion industries
  • Role of Italy and Turkey in the worldwide eco­nomic system
  • How entrepreneurism plays a part in business
  • How Italy and Turkey are innovating — especially in relation to the U.S.
  • U.S. and Italian/Turkish government interaction
  • Exports and the role they have played in economic development
  • Wine and food industries
  • Banking Industry
  • Educational system
  • Culture, religion, history, and their role in socio-economic progress

Accompanying the students are Kathy Gleed, our director of Academic & Student Services, and Wil Agatstein, lecturer and executive director for the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Preparing Innovative Leaders for Global Impact

International business experience is a vital part of today’s MBA curriculum. Our International Study Practicum gives students the opportunity to learn global management practices in and travel to such countries as China, Chile, Czech Republic, Brazil, Hungary, Mexico, Malaysia, Panama, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


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