Graduate Business Students Broaden Horizons through Global Engagement

by Jason Cunningham

Students from Azusa Pacific’s School of Business and Management recently spent time visiting corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in Ireland, New York, and Washington, DC, learning firsthand from executives and participating in case studies to sharpen their skills.

It was a whirlwind two weeks in April for Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Management (MBM) students as they met with officials from Intel, the National Football League, the New York Stock Exchange, and other companies and organizations.

“Washington, DC, is a buzzing square of young working professionals ready to work their way up the ranks of government,” said Ricky Sanchez, MBA ’16. “The fast-paced lifestyle took some getting used to, considering we had only a few days to adapt, but as someone who was dead set on working in the private sector, DC did its job in broadening my horizons.”

During the trip, students heard about the latest technological innovations from Intel officials, learned the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit from leaders at Street Sense, and participated in case studies at Ireland’s Maynooth University.

There are many reasons business students choose the study away experience, according to Roxanne Helm-Stevens, DBA, professor and chair of management programs at APU. “Students benefit from the opportunity to dialogue with high-level executives in boardroom discussions in which organizational strategies, challenges, and opportunities are explored. Students also benefit from the opportunity to travel, experiencing new cultures and customs. They return with global networking contacts, a new perspective on traditions and culture, and a great education and willingness to learn.”

For associate professor Tom Cairns, DBA, one thing stands out above all else. “I never get tired of watching light bulb moments—those ‘Aha!’ experiences are what we as educators hope to trigger in our students. When it happens, it is glorious.”

Jason Cunningham is a writer/editor in the Office of University Relations.