Tobin Students Travel the World as Part of Global Destination Courses

Thursday, June 12, 2014

This past May, our successful Global Destination Courses (GDC) travelled to Germany, Switzerland, Rome, Paris and London. Students were able to meet high level executives from these various countries and experienced the diverse cultures and cuisines offered to them on these exciting and educational trips. 

Munich, Zurich, Florence and Rome, Italy
Dr. Nicos Scordis and Maureen Furlong-Weber took a group of 12 Risk Management undergraduate students for 16 days of travel to four different European cities including Munich, Zurich, Florence and Rome during the spring Intersession. Students visited NYC insurance firms and their corresponding operations in Europe. They went on guided tours of these beautiful cities and experienced the diverse cultures, along with obtaining an amazing academic familiarity with Europe’s prestigious insurance companies; this led to a very successful and fun-filled Global Destination Course. 

Paris, France
Dr. W. Ryall Carroll along with Dr. Joan Ball took the International Marketing and/or Principles of International Business courses which make up the Dean’s International Fellowship Program on a Global Destination Course this past May to Paris, France. Students participated in a course throughout the spring semester that met weekly in April, and then travelled for eight days to Paris during the spring Intersession. In Paris, students attended visits to TBWA’s Paris office along with site visits to multiple global companies to learn about the role of marketing and marketing management within Europe and the World. Students also visited landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. 

Dr. Anna Martin and Dr. Mikael Bergbrant accompanied both undergraduate and graduate students from the Seminar in Finance GDC to London for six days. During the semester the students obtained firsthand insight into the inner workings of the global economy and deepened their understanding of England's role in the global marketplace. In conjunction with seminars and research projects in Queens throughout the spring semester, they visited international locations of major market players to enhance their appreciation for the interdependence of financial institutions around the world. Cultural activities included a tour of London, visit to the London Eye and an excursion to Stonehenge. 

Florence and Rome, Italy
Dr. Joseph Trainor and Prof. Laura Lee Mannino accompanied the Business Entities and Combinations accounting course for eight days to Florence and Rome.  Throughout the semester they studied foreign exchange transactions, foreign currency derivative and hedging transactions, and translation of foreign denominated statements, consolidation procedures and IFRS presentation standards. Business site visits in Italy focused on Int’l Accounting firms, exposure to Italian regulatory issues and multinationals with consolidation requirements. Cultural Activities included visits to the Coliseum, the Vatican and an exciting excursion to Florence. 

We are currently in preparations for the undergraduate management courses of Global Business Strategy and Principles of International Business along with the graduate course of International Business Policy travelling to Quito, Ecuador in January 2015. 

We are busy planning for a record number of Tobin GDCs in the spring 2015 semester.  Our plans include an Intermediate Accounting and Foreign Financial Statement Analysis course travelling to Rome, a Management class focused on Leadership of Human Resources travelling to Jamaica, the International Marketing Course travelling to Dublin, a Business Combinations in Accounting course travelling to Rome and Milan and the Risk Management Insurance Leadership in Markets and Society course travelling to four different European cities.