TTU business students complete international experienceA group of Tennessee Tech University undergraduate and MBA business students recently returned from 12 days in Argentina and Chile completing this year's International Experience course.
"The International Experience course gives our students the opportunity to experience business and culture in another part of the world that many would not have the opportunity to visit," said Bob Wood, TTU's College of Business assistant dean. "The students who return are different than those that left -- they have a better understanding of the global economy and realize that cultures and peoples are not that different. They also can't wait to travel again."
The students began their visit to Buenos Aires with a city tour that included Recoleta Cemetary, the final resting place of Eva Peron. In addition, the students spent one evening attending a show of traditional Argentine folk and tango music and dancing. The students also took in a soccer match between rivals of the Argentine professional league.
Business visits in Buenos Aires included presentations by officials of the Argentine Economic Ministry, the National Securities Commission, Maizar, a company that represents suppliers and customers of Argentina's corn industry, Mercado de Liniers, the livestock trading center of Argentina, and Globant, the leading IT provider in Argentina.
The class then moved on to Santiago, Chile. Business visits included a discussion led by the U.S. Commercial Service, the Voluntarios de la Esperanza Global, a large non-profit organization, Drillco, a start-up oil exploration company, and Casas del Bosque, one of the largest export companies in Chile. Cultural events included a city tour, a night of salsa dancing, and the premier performance of a contemporary opera written by a Chilean composer.
To prepare for the trip, students were required to write a series of papers about the history, culture, and economic systems of Argentina and Chile. The Office of International Student Affairs paid for approximately 65 percent of the airfare for the students out of the TTU student fee for international studies. The course was developed and the students were accompanied by Steve Isbell and Bob Wood of the TTU College of Business.