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Business Students Travel to China

     Six Anderson University business students, accompanied by professors Bill Laing and Joe Spencer, recently returned from an educational trip to China. The students—Kristine Fikes, Adrian Allen, Kerry McJunkin, Valerie Zenoni, Andrew Deal, and Walter Sutherland—got a glimpse into China’s history and culture as well as the inner workings of the business environment as they toured some of its most impressive cities—Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong during May 19–31. The guided tour included everything from Beijing’s Zhong Guan Cun to the “Silicon Valley of China” to the Great Wall of China to a rickshaw tour among the hutongs.

China Trip

The group visits the terracotta army near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by several local farmers near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.

Back row left to right – Andrew Deal, Valerie Zenoni, Walter Sutherland, Dr. Joe Spencer, Kerry McJunkin, Dr. Bill Laing
Front row left to right - Kristine Fikes, Adrian Allen

      “The tour of China coupled with the Business in China class provides the students an unmatched view of the business China is doing worldwide and business opportunities in China,” remarked Dr. Spencer. “This class and tour helps prepare the students to be ready to manage the global business environment.”

       The trip was connected to one of the university’s local sponsor companies, Synnex, which has a facility in Beijing. For the past year, the College of Business and Synnex have partnered to better prepare business students for the business world. Students had the opportunity to compare the corporate cultures of the same company in different countries as they visited Synnex’s facility in Beijing.

       The College of Business is planning a similar trip in 2009 during spring break to the British Isles.

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