Innovation Spotlight: Scandinavia

Innovation Spotlight: Scandinavia

The Nordic countries of Iceland and Sweden, both rich in resources and boasting advanced social systems, provide diverse platforms for doing business and a fresh approach to the conventional nine-to-five working culture. Last month, Legacy Ventures had the privilege of leading a group of Executive MBAs from the US to both Reykjavik and Stockholm on a multi-country tour of the region.

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Hong Kong - One Country, Two Systems

Hong Kong - One Country, Two Systems

In last month’s blog post we delved into the value of multi-country tours and perhaps no two locations can be better compared and explored than mainland China and Hong Kong. With an extensive history of continuous reinvention, the densely-populated city of Hong Kong provides an incredible landscape for those looking to experience ‘Doing Business in China’ through more than just one lens. Read on to find out more about our most recent experiences in Hong Kong.

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The UAE-India International Study Tour

The UAE-India International Study Tour

Legacy Ventures recently embarked on a multi-country tour to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Mumbai, India with a group of full-time and executive MBAs from one of Europe’s leading business schools. The packed schedule consisted of interactions with some of the biggest and most innovative companies driving the development of economic and social wealth in the two countries.

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Silicon Valley is essential to educate the new era of MBAs

Silicon Valley is essential to educate the new era of MBAs

Silicon Valley, the land where disruption is celebrated and failure considered a rite of passage, a small 1,800 square mile southeast of San Francisco Bay, is ranking as one of the world’s 50 largest economies nowadays. The valley has numerous cutting edge companies who are now luring in MBA talent from all the world. It has become an economic and innovation powerhouse creating new markets and disrupting a wide range of industries.

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Turkey: Where East meets West

Turkey: Where East meets West
“If one had but a single glance to give to the world: one should gaze on Istanbul.”  Alphonso de Lamartine

Turkey has it all: a rich history and culture, an entrepreneurial business spirit, political and ideological divide between secular and Islamic camp but still retains a strong autonomy. Turkey’s vibrant business sector derives major gains from the large domestic market which is characterised by intense local competition.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets MBAs on their South Africa international tour

Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets MBAs on their South Africa international tour

A little over a month ago the country celebrated its first two decades as a new democracy after 20 million South Africans formed now legendary queues to vote for the very fist time in the country’s first ever national democratic elections held on 27 April 1994. Shortly thereafter Nelson Mandela was elected President and the rest is history. Or is it?

Now the second largest economy on the African continent, there is much to be proud of in the country over the last 20 years and as a nation it has certainly moved from a once isolated and sanctioned state to a globally recognized player. All efforts have been focused on redressing the social and economic injustices of the past and much has been done to integrate and entrench the basic rights of all citizens in the country.

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MBAs meet with the President of Iceland on their international consulting week

MBAs meet with the President of Iceland on their international consulting week

MBAs meet with the President of Iceland on their international consulting week.

Reykjavik (Iceland) is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of an international study tour. Although Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, with two-thirds of the population concentrated in its capital Reykjavík and its surrounding areas, the island is a stoic example of resilience. In 2008, Iceland experienced one of the most dramatic financial crashes any country had ever seen. Since then, its recovery has been just as impressive. There are many lessons to be learned for MBAs in Iceland.

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7 Key success factors for an outstanding international MBA experience

7 Key success factors for an outstanding international MBA experience

In the age of a closer global community, business schools are assessed and rated on their international and multicultural elements included in their EMBA programmes. Many business schools offer the option of learning management skills in an international context through trips and tours to emerging destinations as an integral part of their course.

International immersions and study tours are a brilliant way for students to bond and forge close relationships, increase their cultural awareness and expand their business horizons. 

But what makes an international experience truly outstanding and memorable? We surveyed a handful of MBA programme directors and deans at the EMBA’s annual conference and compiled here the top seven success factors for a memorable global study tour.

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