MBA students meet with business, government leaders in Hungary

MBA students
Thirteen Quinnipiac students in the MBA program are spending two weeks meeting with business and government leaders in Hungary.

June 26, 2013 - Thirteen students in the master of business administration program spent two weeks in June meeting with business and government leaders in Hungary.

The students toured Parliament and met with a senior adviser to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. They also met with the executives of some of the largest and most influential companies both in Europe and around the world.

E.OP-Hungaria, Exxon/Mobil, General Electric and Morgan Stanley are among the more than dozen companies that were visited. The trip culminated with the sixth annual networking event headlined by Clea Newman, the youngest daughter of the late Paul Newman who is continuing her father's passion for philanthropic work.

"The object is to expose the students to international business practices," said Christopher Ball, associate professor of economics in the School of Business and director of the University's Central European Institute, which co-sponsored the trip with the School of Business.

The Central European Institute, established in 2011 as the István Széchenyi Institute, works to broaden the University's global ties and to foster new opportunities for international education.

"You really have to go abroad and experience it a little to understand cross-cultural issues," Ball said.

Ball said he treats the experience as a small business going abroad rather than a class. "We visit companies to gain a basic understanding and overview of Hungary," he said. "They're not prepackaged tours. Most of these companies have never done tours before. They are welcoming our students because they want to meet and talk with our students and attend our networking event."

"They become real partners for Quinnipiac," he said. "Many of these companies have reached out about doing internships for our students."

The demand is so great that more companies have offered meetings than there is time, Ball said. "The students get to learn about different business practices," he said.