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Lamar MBA students travel to Beijing and Shanghai

Seven Lamar University students in the master of business administration and master of science in accounting programs will travel to Beijing and Shanghai, China this week on an 11-day excursion to factories, historical sites and shopping hubs.  Hyundai Motors, Oracle Software Systems, Lenovo Computer Company, the Shanghai Apple store, a food processing company and Baosteel, a state-owned iron and steel company, will be on the list of tours the students will take during their stay in the Orient.  Students will also have an opportunity to meet with representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and visit the Shanghai Futures Exchange.

Making the annual trip will be Clarke Baker, Grant Owens and Gary Hill of Beaumont; Apryll LaHaye of Port Neches; Chris Huebner of St. Louis, Mo.; Lauren Anderson of Port Acres and Fred Vernon of Port Arthur.

“I am looking forward to experiencing a complete immersion into a foreign culture and learning their customs and how they conduct business and how their business etiquette differs from the U.S.,” said Vernon.  “I plan to start my own international CPA firm, and having this opportunity to experience and understand foreign culture will certainly give me a competitive edge that I could not have gotten otherwise.”

Shanghai is the commercial center of China with an estimated population of more than 20 million.  Beijing, the historical and political center of the country, has experienced accelerated economic growth throughout the past decade to become a decidedly international city.  Some of the historical and cultural sites the students will experience include the Silk Alley marketplace, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Pearl Market and the Pearl Tower.

“The purpose of the China trip is to expose students to a global business perspective. Students will participate in classes and seminars with other students, visit businesses and experience the culture of China,” said Brad Mayer, associate dean and professor for the College of Business.  “Students return from China with a new appreciation for its cultural, historical and economic impact.  This is a great opportunity for our graduate students to study abroad and a real benefit to the Lamar MBA.”

This trip marks the fourth year business students have traveled to China.  Funding for the trip is provided by the Lamar Study Abroad program and the Janie Nelson Steinhagen and Mark Steinhagen Global Fellows Endowment, a gift to Lamar that provides graduate students and faculty opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of the global marketplace.