FDU's Executive MBA International Business Seminar Held in China

Madison, NJ (July 15, 2004) —A group of Executive MBA students from FDU’s Silberman College of Business, led by Peter Caliguari, Director of the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, recently returned from a two-week International Business seminar held in China.

The two-week program was designed to meet the graduate students’ interest in learning more about emerging markets, specifically in Asia. "Through further investigation, it became clear that offering the 2004 International Business Seminar in China would be a great educational experience for our students," said Peter Caliguari.

Participating in the seminar were: James Citera, Jennifer Citera, Karen Grexa, Jamie Jurgaitis, Julia Khazen, Jojy Mathew,Lisa Mlinar, Paul Natalizio IV, Hsu O’Keefe, Juliette Oatley, Kim Patterson, Vladimir Penkratz, Gregory Pope, Michael Romond, Diego Scaglione, Christine Smith and David Trexler.

The group traveled to Beijing, Shenyang, Tianjin and Shanghai. In Beijing, they visited the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. In Shenyang they attended lectures at Northeastern University and had an opportunity to interact with local faculty and students. The International Cooperation Department, Shenyang Science and Technology Bureau hosted their visit to Shenyang and the group was able to visit a local software developer and one of China’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers.

In Tianjin, the students visited he Tianjin University of Finance and Economics to listen to presentations on the banking and retail industries and international trade issues. The group also visited Motorola, Nan Kai University and the Tianjin Federation of Industry and Commerce for discussions and lectures on trade and economic development.

Their final destination in China was Shanghai, where they met with representatives of the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, the Director of Foreign Administration, and with faculty and students at Jiaotong University. In addition, they attended a meeting at the Shanghai Federation of Industry and Commerce to better understand the history, status and role of private economics in Shanghai. On their last full day in China, the group visited the Shanghai Foreign Investment Promotion Center, followed by a farewell banquet.

At the conclusion of this first successful EMBA International Business Seminar to be held in China, Caliguari said he was confident that the experience had enhanced the students, the program and the ability to attract future executives to the EMBA programs.

For information on Executive MBA programs, contact 973-443-8977 or by e-mail caligup@fdu.edu

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