This immersion program to Southeast Asia gives you a firsthand look at both developed and developing parts of the region. Through visits to a wide variety of industries and cultural experiences in Jakarta, Telunas Center in Riau Islands, and Singapore, you will acquire an understanding of the different pathways to economic growth at work in the region and will learn to critically analyze the reasons for the differing speeds of development in each area. China’s economic and political influence on the region will be one of the significant topics explored. Over the course of this highly experiential immersion you will develop—from a firsthand perspective—an understanding of the complexity of global business.
Jakarta is one of the fastest growing cities in the ASEAN region and by some accounts is growing faster than both Beijing and Bangkok. The city, whose population is more than 80 percent Muslim, is known as a melting pot of communities and cultures. Singapore is a real estate and financial hub with global economic impact. In both of these bustling cities, you will visit companies, meet with university students and learn about life in their two educational systems. You will also spend several days in a rural Indonesian village guided by educational specialists from the Telunas Learning Center. You will fully engage with the local community and deliver a group service project for the village as a way of giving back.
Your program days in-country will be full of visits and program activities scheduled from early morning until late afternoon, in addition to group dinners on some evenings and travel among the three locations. This immersion is deeply experiential and requires full engagement with every class, activity and opportunity.
This program is led by Larry Chavis, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship.