The RMIT Vietnam delegates joined students from over 20 countries for the one-week intensive study tour in Mexico City.
RMIT Vietnam MBA Director and Higher Degree Research Coordinator Associate Professor David Robinson said these exchanges provide opportunities for intercultural understanding.
“They create global context for our MBA students’ studies,” Associate Professor Robinson said.
As well as the RMIT Vietnam group, students on the tour represented universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Guatemala, France, China and other countries.
The lectures, which were led by IPADE faculty and industry experts, employed methods of collaboration between students from different universities to analyse business cases.
With topics including strategy and ethics, students applied this knowledge to a group assignment that culminated in a final presentation.
RMIT Vietnam lecturer Dr Trinh Thao, who accompanied the students on the trip, was impressed with the abundance of practical knowledge covered in the lectures.
“In addition to working on cases in the classroom, students were also given opportunities to learn first-hand about the Mexican business environment,” she said.
Students visited companies across a number of industries, from a food manufacturing plant to the Mexican offices of Google.
There were also trips to historic temples for students to better understand cultural contexts and their impact on business.
“For our students, it became clear that there are many parallels between Vietnamese and Mexican societies and markets,” Associate Professor Robinson added.
The study tour to Mexico was part of a long-term collaboration between RMIT Vietnam and IPADE, with students from the university in Mexico also visiting RMIT Vietnam.
To date, 26 IPADE students and two faculties have come to Vietnam and joined RMIT Vietnam’s MBA intensive marketing course.
Associate Professor Robinson said this reciprocal exchange provides students with opportunities to make international connections, regardless of whether they go abroad.
“In October this year, another group of RMIT Vietnam Executive MBA and MBA students will go to Mexico,” he said.
“The delegation will attend a one-week conference on 'Human Dignity in Business' held at the IPADE campus.”
RMIT Vietnam’s MBA program is currently welcoming expressions of interest from enrolled MBAs and Executive MBAs who wish to represent RMIT Vietnam at IPADE in October.
The IPADE course qualifies as an MBA elective.