From April 1 – 10, 2017, Philadelphia Fox EMBAs travelled to India and Israel as a part of their Global Management Enterprise course as a way to study innovative international companies and global strategy. “It was spectacular for my fellow students and I to have a chance to ask questions related to the concepts we learned in the program. We talked about financials, strategy, operations, etc. and gained a new perspective with each company with met with,” says EMBA student Allyns Melendez, who attended the India trip. “There is a greater, deeper understanding of globalization no book or program would have ever taught me. Seeing a developing and emerging market for my self allows me to apply the concepts that I’ve learned to what I do and understand and even identify the advantages of any market. I am certainly better at knowing the right questions, what strategy to employ, what people to bring in, how culture affects business, etc.”
Chavarria, a member of the Class of 2017 cohort that traveled to Israel, explains the impact of the international immersion trip: “The course material we study provides the academic foundation to practice in a controlled system that Temple EMBA format provides. The immersion trip is the real world application of those skills, concepts, and ideas. It provides that proof of concept, and ties the classroom into a grounded reality.”
Giac Nghe, an EMBA Class of 2017 student who attended the Israel trip, explains his favorite part of the immersion trip: “My favorite part of this trip was the relationship building aspect that I was able to engage in with my cohort… We spent every second of our ten-day immersion trip with each other. Networking is more than just getting to know an individual’s core competences and skill sets; it is also about getting to know their emotional drivers. As future executives, not only do we need the intellectual intelligence but we also need to have the emotional intelligence as well to be successful leaders of the future. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a member of the class of 2017 but more importantly, I have been blessed to have gained new lifelong friendships with each member of the 2017 EMBA cohort.” Stay tuned for immersion locations for the EMBA Class of 2018!