Global Network Week

Doing Business in Asia: New Opportunities and Challenges Post-Pandemic

Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business (WSGSB) conducted the October run of the Global Network Week for Master in Business Administration students. With the course offering Doing Business in Asia: New Opportunities and Challenges Post-Pandemic, WSGSB welcomed 17 students from Yale School of Management (SOM), Oxford Saïd Business School, University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Indonesia, UBC Sauder School of Business, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, and Fudan University.

Throughout the five-day program, a diverse range of modules were covered:

  1. Philippine Sustainable Finance by Prof. Felipe O. Calderon CPA, CMA, PhD;
  2. FMCG Industry in the Philippines and Malaysia by Mr. Vengkat Jangam, General Manager of Wipro Splash, Philippines;
  3. Supply Chain by Prof. Albert Wee Kwan Tan PhD;
  4. Asia Economic Briefing by Prof. Vaughn Montes PhD;
  5. Doing Business in the Philippines by Prof. Enrique Pablo Caeg;
  6. Sustainable Tourism by Dr. John Paolo Rivera; and
  7. Doing Business in Asia for Technology Offerings and Products by Mr. Virender Aggarwal, former CEO of Ramco Systems

As part of their local immersion tour, students went on a day tour at Kilyawan Farm Resort, Ibaan, Batangas which is owned and managed by Ms Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta. The tour gave them a unique experience as it delved deep into the heart of a community where sustainable practices take center stage. From farm-to-table dining experience that showcases locally sourced ingredients to eco-friendly accommodations that prioritize minimizing environmental footprint, every aspect of the tour is dedicated to promoting and celebrating sustainability.

The five-day program concluded with a group capstone presentation and awarding of certificates to all participants. In their capstone, students were tasked to analyze how business is done in their country/countries of choice using one or more perspective or discipline discussed.

Meanwhile, AIM sent a total of 12 iMBA students to nine partner schools namely, Yale SOM, UC Berkely, Oxford Saïd Business School, University of Indonesia, UNSW Business School, Koç University Graduate School of Business, UBC Sauder School of Business, and Fudan University.

The experience provided the students exposure to new ideas, strategies, and collaborations as each of them took part in experiential sessions, company visits, cultural activities, and collaborative discussions with industry leaders and entrepreneurs. They also had the opportunity to develop their leadership and networking skills by engaging with other participants from various countries of origin.

“I connected with several professionals and academics, some of whom expressed interest in collaborating on future projects and others who provided insights and opportunities in the application of behavioral economics in emerging markets, particularly the Philippines.” – Dave Calutan, iMBA 2023 attended Oxford Saïd Business School.

“This GNW experience was more than just an academic pursuit. It broadened my horizons, challenged my preconceived notions, and instilled in me a newfound appreciation for the diverse ways in which leadership manifests across different cultures.” – Romeo Dela Cruz, iMBA 2023 attended UNSW Business School

“During the program, I had the privilege of attending various networking events and industry conferences that significantly expanded my professional network. Two standout experiences were the industry visits to Freshippo, the face of new digital retail in China, and Zhongan Super Lab…Interacting with professionals in these settings not only broadened my knowledge but also allowed me to establish meaningful connections with individuals who shared similar interests and aspirations. These connections have the potential to open doors for collaboration and opportunities in the future.” – Shaurya Ritwik, iMBA 2023 attended Fudan University

“Interacting with a diverse cohort of 27 students from 10 global international schools was an honor, and I am grateful to have forged enduring friendships along the way.” – Shraddha Banerjee, iMBA 2023 attended UNSW Business School

This participation in the GNW initiative reflects AIM’s dedication to providing an exceptional education that prepares students for the globalized business landscape. The experiences gained during the program will undoubtedly contribute to the personal and professional growth of the participants.

The GNW is a prestigious opportunity for MBA and Executive MBA students to engage in intensive academic courses, gain unique experiences, and explore diverse cultures. With destinations ranging from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, participants are exposed to global business practices and different approaches to strategic business decisions.