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Business students study abroad in China

Loyola press release - June 15, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans College of Business is teaming up with the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies to offer a summer program abroad for undergraduate and graduate business students.

Students who took preparation classes on Loyola’s campus last spring will travel to China and begin their three-week session on July 3. While there, students will study contemporary Chinese history, culture and business practices in the fascinating cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Professor Wing Fok, Ph.D., the Henry J. Engler Jr., Distinguished Professor in Management, leads the program. He will teach international business practices in China, and Lee Yao, Ph.D., the J.A. Butt, S.J., Distinguished Professor in Accounting and accounting department chairman, will teach international accounting. MBA students will complete an extra research project for graduate credit.

While in Beijing, students will visit the Great Wall, the old and present Summer Palace and the Forbidden City as a supplement to their studies. In Shanghai, they will visit the famous Water Town Shanghai History Museum. In Xi’an, they will visit the Big Mosque, the Terracotta Warriors and the Big Goose Pagoda. Fok said balancing academics with culture is important to the program.

“This program gives our students an excellent opportunity to be totally immersed in the Chinese culture for three weeks,” Fok said. “It also gives our students the chance to observe firsthand why China has so quickly become a new economic powerhouse. Prior attendees consistently commented that it was an eye-opening and once-in-a-lifetime experience for them.”

For more information on this program or other study abroad opportunities, visit the Loyola University Study Abroad Web site or contact Director of International Education Debra Danna at 504-864-7550 or by e-mail at danna@loyno.edu. For more information on the College of Business, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or by e-mail at ckoppel@loyno.edu.