In January, Associate Professor Larry McCarthy and 17 students traveled to Latin America as part of an international business course titled, "Doing Business in Panama." In addition to experiencing the culture, the students received an economic overview from the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama, learned about sustainable human and economic development from the Peace Corps, studied the Panamanian banking system courtesy of Citibank, discussed shipping industry challenges with Maersk, and explored innovative uses of technology compliments of Dell.
Below, Miguel Romao, an M.B.A. candidate studying finance and international business and a financial analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices, shares why more students should consider study abroad.
The Seton Hall University trip to Panama provided an invaluable experience to a country that is known as the "Business Gateway to the Americas." In this class, we had a first hand presentation of the Panama Canal Expansion as well as a first hand look into the growing business environment of Panama.
The business presentations were balanced between economic sectors and fundamental aspects of business such as finance, marketing and supply chain management. This course offered many intangibles, learning experiences and cross-cultural outlooks, which allowed for a realistic business understanding of Panama and its role in Latin America.
As an international business major, this course has strongly enhanced my overall M.B.A. experience.
To learn more about the Stillman School of Business and its upcoming study abroad opportunities, contact Larry McCarthy, director of the Institute for International Business.