Hong Kong has flourished for more than 150 years as a gateway between East and West. As one of the world's most fast-paced, and vibrant cities, it's become a true international power player. Hong Kong is frequently described as "Asia's World City." HK is a world-class destination that serves as one of the world's leading financial centers, an international hub for business, a gateway to China and a springboard to other Asian cities. Honk Kong is Asia's pre-eminent international and cosmopolitan city with a unique blend of eastern and western heritage and culture
Hong Kong and Dubai have undergone a phenomenal growth in the last few decades and play a very pivotal role in the economy of their respective nations and regions. Considered among some of the best marketed destinations in the globe; they bring in a huge amount of investments along with human capital. Hong Kong and Dubai are frequently featured among the list of top 10 most visited cities in the world. This course involves traveling to Dubai and Hong Kong to observe the developmental trajectories of these two city states. These two strong cities are strategic gateways that constitute the trading centers and hubs in their regions. They are strategically situated with vibrant and impressive rates of economic growth. Both invest massively in the service industry with its three subsectors: tourism, finance and real estate. Dubai and Hong Kong stimulate economic growth and further expand their trade potential and create more opportunities for both regions. This course will examine Dubai and Hong Kong have many things in common that are worth careful examination. Dubai and Hong Kong both started few decades ago as small, politically fragile and economically weak city states that relied heavily on fishing to survive. Participants will see the commonalities between them and trace their success stories. Although they have extremely diverse histories and cultures, Dubai and Hong Kong are more similar in that both have few natural resources. Financial trade and tourism serve as their economic successes. Dubai and Hong Kong are efficient and innovative—with diverse populations. Hong Kong and Dubai are destinations of international standing and are city states that developed from scratch and are products of strategic planning, die hard entrepreneurial spirit and openness towards change.
The coursew ill also visit Abu Dhabi and and Macao.Macao is one of Asia’s newest and most exciting business destinations, after a period of rapid and unprecedented infrastructure development. Macao,is a city of world heritage stature that also boasts one of the world’s most spectacular and modern skylines; a city that blends the rich traditions of Chinese and Portuguese cultures which is reflected in its lifestyle, food, restaurants, architecture and festivities. Abu Dhabi is the federal capital and center of government in the United Arab Emirates. It is the largest city of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and one of the most modern cities in the world
The program fee is estimated at $3,100 and includes UM tuition (3 credit hour class that meets the cultural competence requirement), fees, hotel accommodations, fees for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, transportation to all visits, one or two meals per day (lunches or dinner), and course reading materials. This is a higher estimate than previously provided but the prices for accommodations are higher as a result of the holidays plus you are spending New Years in a city that many people want to visit for New Years Eve and this also drives up the cost. Airfare not included. Final fee will be determined at a later date. Estimated Airfare: $1,500-$1,900.
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Expectations/Course Requirements for all study trips
Study trips are very different from trips that you would take as a tourist. During the trip, students participate in activities closely integrated with course content including visits to multinational and local companies, meetings with government officials and senior executives, meeting with UMD graduates, and excursions to important landmarks. These experiences provide differentiating traits that can be extremely useful when applying for internships or jobs throughout your college tenure. The course meets the University Diversity(global competence) requirement.
In the past, the Provost has generously provided the Smith School with scholarship funds in order to encourage business students to study abroad for the first time. Scholarships are provided to Smith School, BSE, and QUEST students who have never been abroad on a UMD program before and who have not previously studied abroad or transferred in credits from a foreign university. The scholarship amount is $500.
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