MBA students travel to Ireland for international business experience
Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration (MBA) students traveled to Ireland from Friday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 12, as part of an international business class. Fourteen students and four guests attended the trip with trip leaders Domenic Marian, lecturer in the MBA program, and Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration.
“The MBA Program’s annual International Business trip brings our students to the global classroom through business meetings with international companies,” said Crile. “Throughout the week the group participates in seminars, tours and excursions that help to broaden their outlook and bring back to their companies new ideas. The goal is to push students out of their comfort zone and to test their business acumen outside of the classroom.”
The eight-day international business trip, which was intended to immerse students into global business practices, consisted of several meetings, tours and excursions covering more than 700 miles and three cities in Ireland. Highlights included tours of Connemara, Blarney Castle and Galway, and business visits to Brian de Staic Jewelry, the Guinness Storehouse and Vistakon (a Johnson and Johnson Company).
“The trip gave me much insight into the culture of the Irish, including how that culture relates to the workplace,” said Genna Steele, a student in the MBA program and executive assistant to the Provost at Waynesburg University. “For example, in our business meeting with Vistakon, the Senior Vice President said they have a job to do and they do it. They don’t have meetings about meetings.”
Other trip activities included visits to the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Trinity College in Dublin, the U.S. Embassy and Tullamore Dew Distillery.
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