For more than a decade, Dr. Wen Mao, Chair of the Economics Department and CGL Advisory Council Member, has led undergraduate and MBA students to China to experience a combination of academic coursework, corporate and industry site visits, and cultural activities. The undergraduate students combine classes in Transitions of China’s Economy and Survival Chinese Language training with 150 hours of internship placement. The graduate students complete a research project following their two-week intensive immersion in China.
Last year, CGL Advisory Council member Rich Heintzelman facilitated a new internship opportunity at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Americas’ location in Shanghai. This year, the internship opportunity was extended to two VSB students.
This summer, MBA students were hosted on site visits courtesy of two other Advisory Council members. Steve DeRose facilitated a site visit at Unilever in Shanghai and Bill Shockley personally hosted the students at his Penn Engineering facility in Kushan.
In September, CGL organized a series of panels on globalization for VSB freshman as part of the Business Dynamics course that featured 10 of our Advisory Council members. This course is a comprehensive, two-semester, six-credit introduction to business organizations and their role in society. The panels reached more than 500 VSB freshman and transfer students and they had an opportunity to learn from international business experts responding to the following questions:
Survey feedback rated the knowledge and insights of the panelists as very good to excellent (96%) while three out of four respondents indicated that are likely to very likely to take advantage of international business activities after hearing from our Advisory Council members. Plans are under way to offer this opportunity next year and will respond to requests for more Q&A time as well as anecdotal contributions from the panelists.
Additionally, more than a dozen of Advisory Council members have volunteered to serve as mentors for students enrolled in the Global Leadership Fellows program. CGL greatly values the time, commitment and engagement of our Advisory Council members and could not possibly accomplish all of our goals without their contributions.
The Moran Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4395
Jonathan Doh, PhD
Kimberly A. Cahill
Michelle Casario, PhD
Associate Faculty Director