Graduate Students Take Spring Break in China

MBA Student, Johnathan Francis takes a picture of the Great Wall of China.

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April 9, 2012

Spring Break may be a time for rest and relaxation for some but a number of Bradley University Graduate Students took the opportunity to learn about their fields in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai. Ten Bradley University Graduate Students from Business Administration and Computer Science spent their Spring Break in China learning about global applications of their studies.

The students traveled first to Beijing, the political center of China, then to Shanghai, the commercial center of the country. The students visited several corporations, spending their time at businesses such as ADM, Lenovo, Caterpillar, Philips Healthcare and Suntech. They learned about how these businesses operate in China and how businesses interact with the communistic government, which is very different than in other democratic nations such as the United States.

Between company visits, the students toured a variety of historical and modern landmarks, significant for their places in political and social history. They climbed the Great Wall, toured the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. In Shanghai, they spent time at the Shanghai Museum which showcases relics from China’s 8000 years of history and visited Old Shanghai, the historical center of the city where they discovered Yuyuan Garden

MBA Graduate Student Uglješa Mihailović found the experience a memory of a lifetime.

"The trip to China has definitely shed a new light on China’s economic position in the world. All of the research we had done prior to the trip was justified by seeing Beijing and Shanghai with our own eyes, and seeing how business is done in China. I believe I could live and work in China without any hesitation. I may have not had the same opinion before the trip, but I do now, especially so for the ultra-modern and beautiful city of Shanghai."

The trip was led by faculty and staff members Dr. Dan Getz, Dr. Raj Iyer, Doug Antola Crowe, Susannah Gawor and Jim Foley. Students on the trip have been uploading pictures to a Flickr site, dedicated for pictures of the trip. The photo archive can be found at

"This is a wonderful opportunity for graduate business students to apply what they've learned in the classroom and see first-hand the world marketplace," said Susannah Gawor, Director of MBA and Executive MBA Programs in the Foster College of Business Administration.

Next year, a similar trip is being planned for students to visit another developing country, Brazil. We can’t wait to see what stories and pictures our Graduate Students will bring back next time.