International Study Trip
By Marianne Skoczek
In late June, foreign ministers of 16 European Union countries, including Italy, signed an editorial: “The EU and Turkey: Stronger Together.”
“At a time when the EU faces economic challenges and continuing instability in the Middle East, our relationship with Turkey matters more than ever. . . . In these tough economic times, increasing trade with Turkey offers opportunities for EU businesses. With a GDP growth rate of 8.5% last year, the second fastest in the G-20 after China, Turkey is now the EU’s fifth largest export market. Turkish entrepreneurs in Europe run businesses worth 40 billion euros, employing half a million people. In sectors like aviation, automobiles and electronics, our economies are increasingly integrated.”
Argentina and Chile: Two countries that share a common language and climate but remain worlds apart. As Chile flexes its economic muscles, Argentina struggles.
Following 10 weeks of intensive classroom preparation, 18 UC Davis MBA students recently traveled to Buenos Aires and Santiago accompanied by Wil Agatstein, executive director for the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Their goal: new insight into international trade and the distinct twists in each country’s business environment.
What can be learned from countries that have travelled the rocky road from Soviet-style communism toward a market economy—in two short decades?
Seeking answers, last summer four Bay Area Working Professional MBA students visited the Czech Republic and Hungary with Wil Agatstein, executive director for the Center for Entrepreneurship. The School’s International Study Practicum includes 10 weeks of intensive classroom preparation and culminates in a trip.