12 March 2010
Celebrating 10-year partnership with University of Maryland
2010 USA Study Tour group with Professor Brian Corbitt and Dr Paul R Cerotti outside the University of Maryland library.
RMIT students receive a presentation by Professor Robert Krapfel, Associate Dean of the MBA, at the Robert H Smith School of Business at the UM campus.
The School of Business Information Technology and Logistics has celebrated its 10-year collaboration with the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a luncheon hosted by the Provost of the University of Maryland and Professor Brian Corbitt.
RMIT University in association with the University of Maryland has conducted a two-week study tour program in January to Washington DC and New York since 2000.
To date, 568 postgraduate and undergraduate students have taken the opportunity to enhance their business and cultural understanding of the USA by immersing themselves in a US college environment and working in multi and cross-disciplinary teams.
Highlights of the study tour include visits to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a range of transnational corporations such as Black and Decker, GE, AOL and Intelsat.
Students attend classes for two weeks at the University of Maryland and at Georgetown University, while visiting Fortune 500 companies.
When not in class, they are able to explore all that Washington DC has to offer: visits to monuments and buildings such as the Smithsonian, the Jefferson Memorial, the Capitol Building and the White House, college basketball and a Washington Wizards ice hockey game.
“The study tour to the USA was a career-defining event for me. The academic and personal challenge of studying overseas, focusing on building my leadership and communication skills, placed me at a great advantage when the opportunity arose to move into a management role,” Seonaid Porter, current Master of Business Information Technology student, said.
Dr Paul R Cerotti, Senior Lecturer in the School of Business IT and Logistics, developed these tours with Associate Professor Eveline Fallshaw and Dr Joan Richardson.
“The globalisation of a student’s learning and teaching is one of the most paramount processes that a student can be involved in as they face the challenges of an interdependent international business landscape that demands global knowledge and capabilities,” Dr Cerotti said.
The USA study tour has since won the Australian Learning and Teaching Award for the “development of sustainable study tours enhancing internationalisation of the student experience” as well as the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for “outstanding team teaching and excellence in curriculum” in 2007.
In 2011, the College of Business and School of Business Information Technology and Logistics is looking forward to hosting its first inbound tour from the Robert H Smith School of Business, as well as continuing activities in staff exchange and collaborative research.