More than 150 Haas MBA students will return to campus this fall having traveled the globe over the summer putting their business school skills to work addressing real-world challenges. China, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Kenya and Israel are just a handful of the countries that played host to Haas students as part of the school’s summer international business offerings.
As part of the school’s global management consulting course, International Business Development (IDB), almost 100 students in the full-time MBA program traveled overseas. Full-time students spent three weeks working in-country with 25 different clients. Projects ranged from examining potential funding models for the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund to creating a strategy for an innovation lab in Nairobi to helping a Silicon Valley tech firm develop team performance and fan engagement solutions for football leagues in England and Germany.
In only its second year, the IDB program for evening and weekend MBA students doubled in size, from 20 students last year to 40 this year. Participating students spent two weeks in-country on consulting projects for 10 clients, including corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. One team worked with a New Delhi nonprofit, GOONJ.org, to collect cloth in India’s largest cities and use it as currency to help villagers improve their quality of life by digging wells, cleaning up river banks and building bridges. Another group worked to develop a business plan for selling and distributing solar lights in Uganda.
Another group of students traveled to Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai as part of Haas’s China Seminar in International Business. Students met with leaders in tech, banking and consulting at a range of firms while also visiting the U.S. Embassy, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
Learn more about Haas students’ international experiences on the Haas in the World Blog.