Executive MBA Program Blog

Estonia - The Most Advanced Digital Society In The World

Posted by Bob Penland on Oct 30, 2019 9:20:43 AM

 

I have to admit when the locations for the international trip were announced, I had to go to a map and find Estonia.  It wasn't on my team's short-list of places we'd like to go nor was it ever discussed as a potential destination.  The second location that was a part of the trip, Finland, garnered initial excitement as somewhere we all would like to visit.  But once we arrived in Tallinn, Estonia, our minds were forever changed.

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia located on the Baltic Sea.  About 1/3 of Estonia's population of 1.3 million live in the capital.  It's one of the oldest walled cities in Europe dating back to the 1300s.  It's also a thriving city that has a rich history of technology and entrepreneurship.  Some familiar names have come out of Estonia like Skype and Rovio- the makers of Angry Birds.

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Topics: international, global

Estonia and Finland - Digital Meets Design

Posted by Zach Bensusan on Oct 29, 2019 3:25:00 PM

 

I have had the opportunity to travel internationally for business, so my only hope when we were learning about our EMBA international trip was that it was somewhere that I had not been to before. My personal “wish list” of places was very long, but I admittedly had never even considered Estonia or Finland as somewhere I would visit. After spending five days in Tallinn, Estonia, and four days in Helsinki, Finland, I hope to return to both cities as soon as possible!

The “Old City” of Tallinn is exactly how I would picture a medieval city that has barely been touched in 800 years, yet it is amazing just how focused the country is on high-tech solutions. Helsinki has a drastically different appearance, yet is equally focused on high-tech developments. I was amazed to learn of the companies that began in Estonia and Finland including Nokia, Skype, Rovio (Angry Birds franchise), and Supercell (Clash of Clans), among others.

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Topics: international, global

Estonia and Finland - The Alumni Experience

Posted by Matt Phillips on Oct 29, 2019 12:49:08 PM

 

First off, I should probably start with the obvious; that I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to participate in the international trip as a previous survivor of the Executive MBA program.  Survivor, wait, I meant alumnus.  I joke because many outside of the program may not realize how much work is involved. 

Travelling abroad to Estonia and Finland, two very similar yet different countries, provided me an opportunity to relive the end of the program 10 years later through the current students’ international trip.  I witnessed them wrapping up capstone projects, reading for their remaining course work, and taking in the businesses we toured.  However, what they impressed upon me most was the comradery and enthusiasm they all displayed despite having 14 intense months behind them with only one to go. 

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Topics: international, global

Eight days in South Africa

Posted by Jeff Davis on Dec 5, 2017 2:13:10 PM

A distinctive cornerstone of the EMBA program at RIT, the international trip and consultancy project offers the opportunity to put learning into practice on a global stage. Prior to departure, students conducted relevant country, industry, and firm-specific research on the international and domestic companies located in and around Johannesburg, South Africa. Once in country, students had the experience of a lifetime.

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Topics: international, global

Next International Trip: South Africa

Posted by Jeff Davis on May 8, 2017 3:08:00 PM

Before RIT Executive MBA students depart on their international trip, they learn about the country in an International Business course through lectures, case studies, and group discussions.  After arriving in country, the students continue learning from the leaders of companies representing a variety of industries.  These visits often include operational tours, company presentations, and even live case studies to explore the challenges and opportunities facing firms in these countries.

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Topics: international, global, EMBA

Hello Malaysia!

Posted by Miriam Zinter on Nov 18, 2016 2:35:27 PM

When the EMBA trip was announced earlier in the year, it seemed so far away.  I was thrilled that our class was going to Malaysia.  I enjoy being out of my comfort zone and Malaysia seemed like just the ticket for this.  Malaysia fit into my philosophy of “If you only do what you know, you will never be more than you are.”  I quickly scrolled through pictures of Malaysia and spotted pictures of the Batu Caves, palm trees, monkeys and exotic foods.  October 14th couldn’t come soon enough!

 Day 1 - Sunday

Breakfast in Malaysia: “Don’t bother looking for the bacon.”  Because Islam is the state religion, most restaurants don’t serve pork products which meant that most of us were eating beef “bacon” (aka hot beef jerky) for the first time with breakfast along with some other items such as chicken sausage.  Breakfast at the hotel was complimentary and was designed to feed a variety of people from different cultures.  Vegetarian foods, fried rice, curries, fresh fruit, pastries, waffles and baked beans were daily fare.  Our group quickly learned the fried rice was amazing.

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Topics: international, global