Bharat Bhisé, MBA ’78, believes Adelphi students should have global exposure to other countries, cultures and economies—and he funded an all-expenses-paid study tour to India to prove it. Meet the students who benefited from this extraordinary inaugural trip.
A whirlwind. An eye-opening experience. A life-changing trip.
Those are some of the ways students and faculty members who participated in the Bhisé Global Learning Experience 2023 described their study tour of India this January during Intersession.
Made possible by the generous donation of Bharat Bhisé, MBA ’78, the program provides eight select members of Adelphi’s Levermore Global Scholars (LGS) program with an all-expenses-paid trip led by two faculty members, and is paired with a semester of on-campus cultural and academic opportunities.
Bhisé, the founder and CEO of Bravia Capital, established the program as an incubator for global learning. His goal is for the eight students to come back and serve as ambassadors to their peers, providing them with new knowledge as well as diverse and different ways of thinking.
“This generation of college kids is the first that have had iPads since they were toddlers and, unfortunately, this has turned into more disinformation on the internet,” Bhisé said. “So now, more than ever, its critical for young people to have direct exposure to different countries and cultures to broaden their horizons and gain new perspectives. It’s a critical part of being able to make the right decisions to succeed.”
Bhisé credits Adelphi with being the first step in his career. He also notes his appreciation for the University’s “commitment to global awareness and its Levermore Global Scholars program.”
The study tour included stops in New Delhi, Agra, Goa and Mumbai, with visits to cultural landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the Elephanta caves, as well as colonial heritage sites. The group went to colleges and dance schools and even the world’s largest online school and a global call center. They watched dance performances, went to an Indian rock concert and toured Bollywood Film City. They attended lectures on far-ranging topics including culture, politics, domestic violence, slum renovation, education, the environment, and health and wellness. Bhisé and his wife also hosted the group at their home in India and at several performances.
Here’s what some of the participants had to say about their learning experience in India, followed by a gallery of photographs taken along the way.