ACU and Chinese business students work together

Posted July 01, 2010

In a world where multicultural experience can make or break a business, students in ACU's College of Business Administration are gaining a crucial understanding of business on the other side of the world. This summer, as a part of an ACU Study Abroad experience, COBA students are working together with their Chinese peers from Shanghai to Guangzhou to gain a global perspective on business and industry.

In May, 12 COBA students left the States for the internship of a lifetime in China, under the direction of ACU business professors Dr. Darryl Jinkerson and Dr. Phil Vardiman. They explored Shanghai, studied international businesses and gave presentations based on the multicultural learning program of Guangzhou Auto College. GAC trains nearly 12,000 students each year for the enormous Chinese auto industry.

"The objective of the trip was to give the students a chance to experience China while getting to work on a cross-cultural team project," Jinkerson said.

The ACU and GAC students were asked to divide into teams and work together on two projects. The first was to do marketing research for the Internet company Nihao Are You, by meeting with college students to determine their use of English and the Internet. Their second task was to develop a strategy for GAC to improve its human resource management system.

Caroline Conwell, business management major from Atlanta, Ga., applied for the internship for the experience of visiting Asia. She says she wanted to see how other countries handle business differently and understand the realities of cross-culture business.

"I loved that we were working side by side with students our same age and major in a different country. This experience helped shape my vision for a potential career," Conwell says.

According to Vardiman, the internship was very successful. He and Jinkerson are looking forward to the possibility of leading another ACU Study Abroad experience in China.

Conwell adds, "Coming back to America was difficult because I felt like I had left some wonderful friends in China. That was one of the greatest blessings."

ACU Study Abroad offers semester-long and short-term programs in Oxford, England; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Leipzig, Germany; as well as select programs at locations aroung the world.


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