Krannert’s “Doing Business in the U.S.” program was introduced in 2010 as part of the school’s city and career trek offerings. City treks are limited to one-day trips to such Midwest business hubs as Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati, while career treks take students to more distant and heavily populated regions of the U.S. for a week.
City trips let students experience business centers firsthand
As business and industry have learned with some difficulty in recent years, success in a global economy requires adaptability and change. It’s no different for business schools, which are rethinking their mission, curriculum and programming to better serve a worldwide constituency.
“One of the biggest challenges we face is that it is now a global market for education,” says P. Christopher Earley, Krannert dean and James Brooke Henderson Professor of Management. “We are competing for students against world-class business schools in China, India and Singapore, as well as the Americas and Europe.”
To attract the best and brightest, Krannert is extending its global reach with experiential learning opportunities for students both stateside and abroad, Earley says. “We want to instill a cultural awareness and an appreciation for diversity and inclusion that they can’t get at another institution,” he says.
Abroad in America
At the undergraduate level, global learning typically takes the form of study abroad. In addition to the dozens of University-wide programs offered, Krannert undergrads can choose from numerous summer or semester-long programs in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.
Master’s students have the option to study at GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany, for one module, and also can choose from experiential learning programs –– typically referred to as “Global Weeks” –– that allow them to visit China, France, Italy, Hungary, Spain or Taiwan over spring break without having to increase their time in school.
But what about international students, who make up a large portion of enrollees in Krannert’s various master’s degree programs?
For many international students, searching for jobs and networking in the U.S. are very foreign concepts, says Jill Mullens, associate director of Krannert Professional Development Center (KPDC). “To succeed in today’s job market, international students need exposure to companies, industries and alumni throughout the United States,” she says.