First corporate tour to China

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Aug. 7, 2014An intensive two-week international corporate tour this summer provided students with a chance to immerse themselves in the Chinese business culture.

The Center for Spartan Engineering Team has added China to its international corporate tour destination list.

An intensive two-week travel experience in June gave eight students from the MSU College of Engineering and Eli Broad College of Business hands-on experiences in international corporations and the global marketplace.

“Seven of the students were Chinese nationals and one was an American student,” said Bernadette Friedrich, director of student advancement. “This was a great opportunity to immerse them all in the Chinese business culture, while giving our international students a unique chance to view potential career opportunities in their home country.”

This year’s corporate tour traveled to Hong Kong and Shanghai. In Hong Kong, the students visited Disney Asia, Nielson, and Prudential. They then traveled to Shanghai to tour Procter & Gamble, Dell, Bosch, EY, General Electric, and Eaton facilities.

International corporate tours began in the College of Engineering in 2012 and have included visits to Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, England, and now China.

“It is always a good lesson to reinforce to students that even large corporations have to prepare for and react to local cultures,” Friedrich said.

The college partnered with the Lear Corporation Career Services Center and MSU Career Services for the 2014 China tour. 

Corporate tours

The Center for Spartan Engineering hosts a series of corporate tours in the United States and around the world, offering students a chance to explore career interests and build networks for future employment. Rami Janoudi, '13, now works as a subsea engineer for BP, based on an opportunity that started with a corporate tour several years ago. More information on international opportunities is available on the MSU International Corporate Tour website.