For 30 management undergrads at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, their capstone course included a 13-day study tour to Thailand and Singapore from May 28 to June 10.
Led by Associate Professor of Management Lorenzo Bizzi, the study abroad opportunity included immersion in local culture, such as enjoying local food at street markets and visiting palaces and temples, as well as business excursions giving an inside look at the innovation transforming this region of East Asia.
Students met with executives at Siam Commercial Bank, the largest financial institution in Thailand; explored the tech-rich startup campus of Thailand’s True Digital Park; visited a Singaporean company competing with Amazon; and marveled at the latest cash-free mobile technology at next-generation grocery and dining shop Habitat by Honestbee.
Rebecca Sandler ’19 (business administration-legal studies) was struck by the community-based culture that pervades business in Asia.
“For example, True Digital Park had a small community for their workers, including apartments, a gym and other commodities you would find in your local town,” she says. “I feel that business in Asia had more to do with the mindset of helping the whole company, while the U.S. tends to focus on individual success.”