WWU MBA Cohort Travels to China 2020
The Western Washington University MBA cohort of 2020 is a bright, diverse group of future business leaders faced with a tremendous opportunity; the chance to study at Shanghai University of Business and Economics. This university is a very highly regarded finance and economics oriented research school and has embraced internationalization, collaborating with such institutions as the World Bank Institude, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations Development Program.
In addition to the instruction offered and the prestige of studying at this particular university, there are other benefits to studying abroad that impact both the students and the communities they live and work in.
It’s clear that the economic future of the United States and indeed the world is very much intertwined with that of China, and this program will allow us to learn about the culture and make connections with leaders there that will benefit us long into our future careers.
We are a bright and diverse group of dedicated students, and we’re very excited about the benefits offered by this trip. In addition to the valuable knowledge gained by taking the course itself and the prestige offered by studying at this particular university, there are other important benefits to studying abroad.
Research shows that studying abroad improves markers for creative thinking, cultural intelligence, and empathy. These are all skills and qualities that will be needed by future business leaders as we face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, for our communities and for ourselves. Studying abroad also improves cognitive flexibility and provides the grit that we will need as we enter a rapidly globalizing economy and the job market.
Affording these kinds of trips can be a struggle for full-time students, and because of this, we are asking for your help. Our goal is to collect enough funds to allow as many members of the cohort access to this opportunity as possible. These contributions will go toward tuition and travel expenses which are not covered by the university and help to reduce the socioeconomic barriers to entering this program of study that impact some of our students more than others.
Thank you for your consideration,
MBA Cohort, expected graduation Aug 2020