The world is growing in its demand for global employees, and one of the best ways to achieve this is through travel and exploration. Participation in an international study tour enables students to build their personal and social competence and inter-cultural understanding, including language skills. With this objective in mind, GHS-IMR has been providing opportunities to its students to gain international exposure through foreign educational and industrial trips.
Students of PGDM second Year (Batch 2016-18) went to an 8 days study tour to China from August 06, 2017 to August 13, 2017. The International Study tour to China has been coordinated by Dr. Kunwar Milind Singh, Associate Professor at GHS-IMR. The international tour include visit to two cities of China comprising the financial capital city of Shanghai and capital city of Beijing. The first leg of the study cum industrial visit includes a 4 days visit to Shanghai, the largest Chinese city by population and a global financial centre. The second part of the tour involved a 3 days visit to Beijing, the capital city of China.
During the study tour to Shanghai, students got an opportunity to visit the Global MNCs like SAIC-General Motors and Coca Cola along with Chinese MNCs like SIM Technologies, Bright Dairy & Foods Co. and SANY Heavy Machinery Co. The first day of Industrial visit in Shanghai started with visit to Bright Foods (Group) Co. Ltd. The Group specialises in modern agriculture, food processing, production and distribution with an annual sales of 76 Billion RMB. The day ended with visit to SAIC-GM. Shanghai GM is one of the most advanced automotive JV established by GM with Shanghai Automotive Industry (SAIC).
The second day of industry visit started with visit to Sany Heavy Machinery Co in Shanghai. The company specialises in R & D, manufacturing and sales of Excavators. The capacity of the 2 manufacturing bases based in China is 80000 units per year and ranks first in the world. In the post lunch session students also visited Coca Cola plant at Shanghai. Students also witnessed the corporate journey of Coca cola in China and participated in a quiz competition in which Mr. Ansul Jain and Mr. Samrat Akash Shukla won the prices.
On the third day, students visited SIM Technology Group Limited, listed in Hong Kong Stock exchange. SIM Technology has number of subsidiary and they are the leading mobile handset and wireless communication developers in China. SIM Technology is awarded as Top 50 global emerging market enterprises by Boston Consulting Groups. Students also visited showroom of IKEA in Beijing, the Swedish furniture giant.
In Shanghai Students also visited Mandarin Garden known for teaching Chinese language as foreign language and Chinese culture. At the institute Students attended a session where students learned the basics of Mandarin, the Chinese language.
An interactive knowledge sharing session of students with Indian Diaspora has been arranged during the Study Tour at Shanghai. All these speakers were well established in China (Shanghai) and are considered as Global thought leaders. Ms. Michelle Wang, Marketing Director, Deal Globe , Shanghai , Beijing and London, Mr. Sanjay Kulkarni ,Business Controller , Finance , Alfa Laval Technologies Limited, Shanghai, Mr. Sumeet Chander Country Head , Evalueserve ,China , Mr. Phani Kiran, Chief Executive, ICICI Bank Limited -Shanghai Branch, China and Mr. Ravi Shankar Bose, Director, Fugumobile were the speakers who spoke on different aspect of Chinese economy, different sectors and industries of Chinese economy and answered the students query. PGDM Students Vanshika Ramani, Sanya Gandhi, Shubhangi Agarwal and Sakshi Gupta coordinated the session. Dr. (Prof.) Rakesh Premi, Director, GHS-IMR has given the vote of thanks.
Beside industry visit Students visited the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC). The exhibition centre displays a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. The SWFC, on the other hand, is a mixed-use skyscraper lauded for its design and consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. Not only this, students also got enthralled by experiencing a ride aboard the Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise. Students also took a ride on Shanghai Maglev train in Shanghai. It is the fastest commercial high speed electric train in the world.
The second leg of the visit started with Beijing, the capital city which encompasses a journey through the rich cultural heritage of China. Students visited the places which include Pearl factory, Jade Centre, Olympic City (Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube) and the Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world.
One of the student quoted “It was a great experience being the part of this International Tour. We got so much of knowledge, experience and skills by visiting many renowned manufacturing plants and MNCs in China”.