Friday, May 10, 2013

Honors Trips to Singapore/Malaysia and United Arab Emirates

Applications for the two global programs listed below are now open and early applications are encouraged as the course to Dubai was the most popular short-term education abroad in 2013 and Singapore/Malaysia in 2012.

 HONR 349 Singapore/Malaysia – Winter 2014 (Tentative: December 28-January 8)

Singapore is one of Asia's most successful countries in regards to public policy, business, education, community development, crime control, and urban planning. Singapore is one of the 'Four Asian Tigers' along with Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. Singapore's banking system is among the strongest in the world and the country holds the fourth largest foreign exchange market in the world. Singapore is the world's logistics hub as it has the busiest port in the world.

This course provides a general understanding of doing business in Singapore. Singapore is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world. It is ranked as one of the best locations to ring in the new year and the trip will take place. Participants will gain an appreciation for why Singapore is ranked as the best country in the world to do business. Students develop a strong understanding of Singapore’s economic success through organizational visits.

Most of the time will be spent in Singapore with an excursion into Malaysia (Kaula Lumpur). The journey to Malaysia provides very memorable experiences as well, including  visiting the Petronas Towers—one of the most recognized symbols of Malaysia whose steel and glass facade is an iconic part of the city’s skyline. To round out the Malaysia experience, the class visits the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary, where students learn about the rapidly decreasing Malaysian elephant population and the many different ways to help rescue them. As part of a service project, the class will feed and bathe the elephants. The study trip also includes an exciting adventure at the Batu Caves that involves the infamous cave survival training program.

Past global class trips have involved visiting the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business center. For a glance into the political system, the class toured Singapore’s Parliament; they also visited ExxonMobil, the largest foreign manufacturing investor in Singapore; Asia Pacific Breweries, producer of Singapore’s award-winning Tiger Beer and ranked one of the top companies in Asia with a reputation for being a top value creator for its customers, consumers, and shareholders; and Marina Bay Sands, the world’s most expensive stand-alone casino property worth $8 billion. Other tentatively planned visits included the Housing and Development Board, Media Development Authority, BBC, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Universal Studios, Petronas, Jurong Town Corporation, Port of Singapore Authority, Hewlett Packard, Accenture, Novartis, FedEx, and Discovery Networks

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The program fee is estimated at $2,400-$2,700 and includes UM tuition, fees, hotel accommodations, fees for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, transportation to all visits, some meals. Estimated airfare: $1,400-$1,600.

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HONR 349V United Arab Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi – Spring Break 2014

More than 300 Smith School students have traveled to the UAE making it the most popular destination for short term education abroad experiences. When offered, the UAE experience fills up within the first few hours of registration.

The modernization of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are stunning to see. The class visits some of the biggest, tallest, and most impressive megastructures in the world (Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious and tallest standing hotel tower in the world; Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, world's fastest roller coaster; Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s most impressive modern Islamic architectural masterpieces; Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping destination; Emirates Palace, world’s most expensive hotel).  

Untouched by the region's unrest, the UAE is the most competitive economy in the Arab World, which is a status it has achieved by diversifying its economy and entering new business sectors such as finance, transportation/logistics, clean air technology, real estate, and tourism. No other place in the world offers the possibility for students to snow ski, visit the beach, and travel to the desert in the same day!

Dubai is one of the most dynamic business environments in the world. Imposing architecture and sophisticated culture make Dubai one of the most interesting hot spots in the world to visit. Dubai brings together the highest standards of comfort and convenience with the mystical adventure of Arabia. From bustling souks to stunning skyscrapers to majestic deserts, Dubai is a truly enchanting destination to experience. Abu Dhabi is also raising its international profile. Abu Dhabi is one of the largest oil producers in the world and significantly contributes to the world's economy, making Abu Dhabi one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

The program fee is estimated at $2,400-$2,700 and includes UM tuition, 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. Airfare not included. Final fee will be determined at a later date. Estimated Airfare: $1,000-$1,400.

For reference, UAE trip photos from the most recent trip (Spring 2013) can be found at the link below:

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