Twelve seniors from the
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology spent their Spring Break in India touring world famous sites, visiting leading multinational corporations, and attending a symposium to learn about Indian business, economy, and culture.
IUP has had a long-standing partnership with PES, Bangalore in South India. IUP’s MBA program has been offered on PES’ campus since 2005. More than 400 students have graduated from this program, and nearly 300 of them have spent a semester in the U.S. More than 30 faculty members from IUP have traveled to Bangalore and taught in this program.
“Throughout my indescribable time in India with the Eberly College of Business and IT and the partnership with PES Institutions, I gained more worldly knowledge than any of my previous overseas experiences combined,” said Ashley Shumar, an International Business major. “It was the chance of a lifetime.”
This is the fourth group of students to visit India in the last four years; however, this is the first group that had the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal. The students started their trip with a two-day stop-over in Northern India. They visited some of the historical sites in Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.
Subsequently, they spent six days in Bangalore. They toured the facilities of three multinational companies and met with the executives of those organizations—Toyota’s manufacturing facility, the Indian software giant WIPRO’s training facilities, and the Swedish-Swiss conglomerate ABB’s assembly plant for heavy electrical equipment.
The students attended a symposium that featured speakers on various topics, including connecting rural India to the Western world, changing demographics and human resource practices in India, comparison of manufacturing environments in India, China, and the U.S., and Indian culture.
The students were treated to a cultural evening featuring performances by several dance troupes. There, they had the opportunity to wear Indian attire and experience Indian dance with the group. The visiting students also had the opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony for Cohort 6 of the IUP India MBA program. The students had the opportunity to spend time with Indian students, including traveling with them to the historic city of Mysore, located close to Bangalore. All the students stayed on the PES campus during the event.
“For the first time in my life I was the VIP, riding the back of an elephant in the front gate of a royal fort,” said Megan Coffey, a business honors student. “That was the first adventure after landing in India, and 10 days and several experiences later I was dressing, dancing, and eating like a traditional Indian girl. What an unforgettable experience.”
The following IUP students were part of the group: Akshay Bajpai, International Business; Megan Coffey, International Business; Kaylyn Gauna, Accounting and Economics; Courtney Herrmann, Management and Marketing; Seonho Kang, International Business; Boon Kai Lee, Marketing and MIS; Brett Levy, Marketing; Lisa McCann, Management; Erin Puko, Accounting and Management; Ashley Shumar, International Business; Matthew Wilking, Finance and Accounting; and Boo Yu Yong, Finance. The trip was coordinated by Program Coordinator Prashanth Bharadwaj in partnership with Divyashree Ravishankar, the program manager for the PES-IUP Management Programs in India.
—By Prashanth Bharadwaj