Daniels Students Spend Spring Break Learning Global Business in Peru, Botswana and South Africa
In March 2015, Daniels students scattered across the globe to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world business situations—from evaluating loans issued by microfinance institutions in Peru to studying sustainable winemaking practices in California’s wine country. In true Daniels form, graduate students worked alongside businesses as they strived to meet the needs of various stakeholders and overcome numerous challenges.
International Travel Seminar to Africa
The current cohort of Executive MBA students travelled to sub-Saharan Africa to examine two of the fastest-growing economies: Botswana and South Africa. The students met with local business leaders, nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations and others to study the business climate.
Students met with executives from Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy, a program that engages students in cycling as a positive after-school activity. They also visited SOS Children’s Village in Botswana, which supports children and families fighting HIV/AIDS. SOS Children’s Village seeks to help vulnerable children in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, by working with local authorities and by supporting existing social infrastructure.
The students also met Desmond Tutu, the social rights activist, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, and recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Domestic Opportunities (GO) California
Daniels MBA students frequently work with companies to help them address and solve strategic challenges. Sometimes those organizations are across the globe; other times the companies are right here in the U.S. In March, 15 MBA students travelled to Sonoma and Napa, California, to work with V2 Wine Group, a wine company that produces wine and provides sales and marketing services to a group of family-owned wineries throughout northern California. V2’s portfolio has 13 brands (including Dry Creek Vineyard and Toad Hollow).
The project was part of the Enterprise Solutions course, a required component of the Full-time MBA program in which students complete projects for real organizations. The program was taught by Daniels faculty as well as a wine market consultant for Mendocino Wine Company, Parducci Wine Cellars and Paul Dolan Vineyards.
Global Opportunities (GO) Deutsche Bank
A group of MBA students spent their spring break in Peru, working with a microfinance institution and a microfinance cooperative. The institutions are part of the portfolio of Deutsche Bank, which oversees a microfinance fund as part of its Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium. Daniels is the exclusive educational partner of Deutsche Bank and has taken many MBA students around the world to work with microfinance institutions and villagers in countries such as Cambodia, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Philippines. Students evaluate the institutions and the people who receive funds to assess how the loans are spent.
The Daniels students travelled to the U.S. Embassy in Peru and learned about microlending in the country. They also spent time at the headquarters of Swisscontact, a nongovernmental organization that promotes economic, social and environmental development around the world, learning about microleasing opportunities in Peru.
Students spent time in the village of Cabanillas and had the opportunity to experience a cattle and sheep sale and the social event in which village families participated thereafter. They also visited a quinoa processing plant where microlending is currently being explored to help the plant expand its operations, and met with key management from the microfinance cooperative in Manazo.
The Daniels team was honored by the city of Vilque with an Administrative Resolution that recognized and thanked the students for completing their study of rural microfinance.
The College’s GO Deutsche Bank microfinance course is consistently recognized as a unique MBA offering. It was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes.
Daniels students have a multitude of opportunities to share their knowledge and engage with stakeholders around the world. Learn more about the numerous programs at Daniels in which students experience global business firsthand at daniels.du.edu/global-impact/programs.