The following is from the June 3, 2008, edition of MBA Universe.

SMU Cox MBAs visit India for 'global immersion'

Dallas-based SMU's Cox School of Business sent all of its first-year MBA students on a global business experience this month through a mandatory program at the Cox school.

Four groups of students participated in this intensive two-week global program. One group travelled to Greater China (Taipei, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai), one to East Asia (Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai); one to Europe (Frankfurt, Madrid, London), and one to India (Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai).

SMU Cox added India to the itinerary three years ago, and it has become one of the most highly sought after destinations. "The decision to travel to India was an easy one," said Linda Kao, director of MBA Global Programs at the Cox School. "You cannot ignore India if you are one of the top-tier business schools."

In India, students met with Airbus, Baring Private Equity Partners, Bharti Airtel Ltd., IMB India PVT LTD., Infosys Leadership Institute, JP Morgan Chase, MeritTrac Assessment Zone, Mudra, Narayana Hrudyalaya, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Times of India.

Sharing information with, Cox B-school said, "India has the second-fastest growing economy in the world with an annual growth rate of over eight percent. Comprised primarily of agriculture, industry, and services, India's economy is a beacon for young business professionals looking for global experience."

"Understanding the culture and how business is done in India will provide opportunities for growth and partnership that cannot be ignored," said Jeremy Ries, an MBA student at the Cox School. "Any business or business student who wants to have an advantage over the competition needs to look globally, and the first place they should focus is on India."

"Our global economy has seen more changes in the past five years than in the past 30, and understanding business today requires a clear understanding of global issues," said Albert W. Niemi, Jr., dean of the Cox School. "The AAGLP gives our students firsthand experience and insight into foreign business environments and complexities. The knowledge and perspective they gain are essential tools for business leaders today."

Sponsored primarily by American Airlines and Wells Fargo, the American Airlines Global Leadership Program (AAGLP) is offered at no charge to the students. More than 60 companies around the world participate in and support this program.

Founded in 1920, the SMU Cox School of Business equips students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to succeed in business. The Cox School offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as executive education programs.

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