In January 2020 and January 2019, undergraduate students taking the Intersession International Business course with Pamela Buckle, PhD, MA ’13, professor of management, and Joseph Sheldrick, MBA ’97, adjunct faculty in decision sciences, were treated to a unique experiential learning and cultural immersion opportunity focused on China.
Besides hearing from guest speakers who shared insights into the challenges of starting and running a business in China, these students learned about aspects of Chinese culture and professional etiquette.
The January 2021 course was much the same—but done remotely, due to public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. These activities became activities done virtually, including a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, a Chinese brush painting class, a tai-chi lesson and trying Chinese snacks that were mailed in advance to students’ homes. Students also took virtual tours of the Museum of Chinese in America and the UN—and made a virtual visit to Bank of New York Mellon.