Campus Chronicles: The Bottom Line
Welcome to Campus Chronicles, our weekly peek at the news at top business programs. This week we crack the pages of the CBS Bottom Line and hear from Columbia Business School students who recently traveled abroad for the Chazen Institute’s Global Immersion Program (GIP).
One group of over forty CBS students sent back a dispatch from their GIP sojourn to Mumbai, India. After initially experiencing the city only through a whirlwind bus tour—glimpsing popular sites like the Hanging Gardens, Temple of Silence and the “seemingly floating” Haji Dali Dargah mosque—some found the time to venture out on the streets and interact with people, explore the culture and sample the food. Notable to some students was the city’s yawning income disparity, which became apparent as they passed from opulent shrines of wealth like the Palladium Mall to overcrowded and destitute zones like the Dharavi Slum. Nevertheless, students took away an appreciation for the vitality of the city and its “triple bottom line” business ethic, which emphasizes not just making profits but mitigating social and environmental impacts
A second group of CBS students reported their impressions from their recent immersion experience in sunny Santiago, Chile. The group learned about the country’s economic difficulties transitioning from an industrial to a service- or knowledge-based economy while forging tighter bonds with their peers. CBS representing over sixteen different countries participated in the trip. Despite the challenges it faces, Chile holds the enviable title of Latin America’s most stable economy, and students were enthusiastic about witnessing the governmental, sociological and commercial drivers of the country’s growth.
Finally, a third group of students recently returned from a GIP experience in the newly democratic and secular republic of Tunisia, the epicenter of the Arab Spring. The group recorded a number of memorable experiences, including touring the all-female assembly lines of the automobile wire manufacturer COFAT. Students also met with executives at top telecommunications companies and studied the impact of the black market on the country’s mobile telecommunications industry. The Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at CBS sponsors GIP programs each semester in addition to longer cultural exchange and study-abroad programs, contributing in a big way to the international scope of the CBS MBA experience.