Thunderbirds (from left) Jakub, Matt McConaty , Nicolas and Venkatesh Srinivasaiah at INTI International College Kuala Lumpur.
OVER 30 graduate students from Thunderbird School of Global Management descended on INTI International College Kuala Lumpur at the start of their six-week study tour to understand the landscape, culture and best practices of doing business in Malaysia.
The ‘T-birds’ came all the way from Glendale, Arizona where their school is based.
The study tour is part of the school’s graduate programme which encourages students to travel during the course of their studies to enhance their global views on international business and management issues.
“It gives us real life exposure to the landscape of local markets in different countries and this helps in the evaluation and research components of our theses and assignments,” said Jakub Marciniak from Germany.
At the same time, the study tour provides students with a unique travel opportunity. A mark of a true Thunderbird student is their enthusiasm for travelling, as well as exploring and experiencing new cultures, said Marciniak, who enjoyed his time in Malaysia immensely.
Utilising INTI’s high tech campus facilities, the students were able to participate in lectures via video conferences in the auditorium, tap into library resources and conduct group project discussions in the conference rooms available. They also enjoyed the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural discussions with INTI’s students and network with local entrepreneurs during a meet-and-greet session.
While in Kuala Lumpur, the T-birds also visited Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), IBM and Accenture to understand different business operations and their requirements of graduates.
“I wanted to discover Malaysia’s key success factors in broadening its economic base.
“MDeC provided the insights I needed as the organisation’s representatives not only explained the work that is done there but also shared the factors that have helped Malaysia become the success story it is today,” said Nicolas del Granado from Bolivia.