For the fifteenth year, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted 45 MBA students from Australia for a two-week USA Business & Culture Tour in January 2015. The program is the highlight of an active collaboration between the Smith School and RMIT University (the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), including a vibrant semester exchange program research connections, and this summer, a two-week BMGT course taught for Smith students in Melbourne by Mary Harms, clinical associate professor in marketing at Smith
Smith’s Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) coordinated the academic classes for the visiting students taught by Smith professors from all departments, arranged site visits to industry and government agencies (i.e., CapitalOne, GE Healthcare, Stanley Black & Decker, IMF, SEC, World Bank), cultural activities (i.e., visits and tours of Annapolis and Washington, D.C.), and a networking happy hour and dinner with Smith MBA’s at a nearby restaurant.
The RMIT students said they are eager to host Smith’s undergraduates in late May during Prof. Harms’ course in Melbourne. The RMIT cohort represents a wide range of business experience and will help prepare the students for their eight-week internships in Sydney that will follow.
Applications for the nine-credit BMGT summer course in Australia are now being taken. Details at www.rhsmith.umd.edu/global. Last summer, 10 undergraduates took part in the course. Accounting major Amy Liang, who interned with PWC in Sydney, said, “It was the best decision I have ever made
Dates for RMIT’s 16th annual Business & Culture Tour have already been set for 2016.
-- Claudia Donnelly, Office of Global Programs