The Asia trip is consistently one of the most talked about highlights for anyone in the Master of International Management program at Portland State University. Each year students have the opportunity to travel overseas for 3 weeks filled with factory and business tours, special lectures, and plenty of cultural exploration in Japan, Korea, and China.
This year the first year full time and second year part time MIM cohorts will depart Portland, OR on March 4, 2012 headed for our first stop in Tokyo, Japan. Following are the different cities and planned events that are currently on our itinerary.
March 5 – 9, 2012: Tokyo, Japan
- Staying at the Tokyo Prince Hotel (map)
- Factory Tour: Kewpie Corporation
- Factory Tour: Nissan Oppama Plant
- Factory Tour: JFE Steel
March 10 – 13, 2012: Seoul, South Korea
- Staying at Prime Hotel (map)
- Factory Tour: Airbus
- Factory Tour: Motorola
- Factory Tour: Tianjin Sunny Garment Corp. Ltd.
- Tour of the Great Wall
- Beijing Acrobat show
- Staying at Ramada Plaza Hotel Shanghai (map)
- Company Tour: Port of Shanghai
- Factory Tour: Twinhead
- Factory Tour: Wistron
- Cultural visit to Suzhou, China
After our 3-week tour of Japan, Korea, and China students have three options: (1) return to Portland; (2) travel on their own for a week; (3) continue on to Vietnam and Thailand for a week, arranged by PSU.
Those going on the extended trip will first stay in Ho Chi Minh City for five days, with planned visits to the Cu Chi tunnels, Becamex, a boat trip on the Mekong Delta, and other cultural sites. Then two days in Bangkok, visiting Wat Trimitr, Wat Po, Wat Arun, and taking a canal tour. We will then return to Portland on March 31, 2012.
While we are away, we will be posting information and photos from our experiences here on the blog, our Facebook page, and via Twitter. We hope you’ll follow our travels around the Pacific Rim, and we look forward to sharing more of our experiences with you when we return.
PS to current students: here are some tips and tricks for preparing for the 2012 Asia trip from previous MIMers!
Ryan is a part of the Master of International Management full-time 2012 cohort, and a MIM Student Ambassador. Currently he works within the Willamette Valley wine industry as a social media consultant, and wants to broaden his career in marketing to a global level through the MIM program. His favorite aspects of MIM are networking with other students from around the world and learning Mandarin Chinese. Ryan is passionate about food, wine, and travel and writes on these topics for other sites. Visit Ryan’s site here.