School of Business undergraduate students embarked on the school’s first study tour to Cape Town, South Africa during the 2017 Spring Semester.
Within the American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business’s commitment to provide students with an international learning experience, 13 undergraduate students embarked on the school’s first study tour to South Africa. With Cape Town as their destination, the students explored the wonders of the Rainbow Nation during the 2017 Spring Semester.
The trip took place from April 6 to 15 in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), one of Africa’s most prominent business schools and an AUC School of Business academic partner. AUC Business Association (BA), an AUC School of Business student-led organization, co-organized the trip with the School’s Office of Internationalization and Partnership (OIP), while Hakim Meshreki, visiting assistant professor at the Department of Management, supervised it.
“It felt like we literally knew everything about the country in just one week,” reflected President of the BA and traveling student, Walid Abou El Nour. “There was an academic aspect, a cultural aspect, a networking aspect; yet at the same time, we also had a tremendous amount of fun and went to all the places that we wanted to visit.”
During their study trip, students attended lectures at the University of Stellenbosch on Scenario Development, Economics in Emerging Countries as well as Social Innovation and Leapfrogging. They got a glimpse of the professional life of South Africa by visiting the University of Stellenbosch Launch Lab, and companies like pharmaceutical giant Cipla, ‘Big Four’ auditing firm, KPMG, and South Africa’s local bottler of the Coca Cola Company products, Peninsula Beverages.
Students fused learning with culture in Cape Town, and explored the city’s rich landmarks. The group visited Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the more stunning marine drives in the world; Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; Boulders Beach, a sheltered beach famous for its colony of urban African penguins; Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for being the prison island where former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned for 18 years; Table Mountain, arguably South Africa's best-known landmark; and Khayelitsha, the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa.
University of Stellenbosch Business School also arranged a number of events for the students including a welcome dinner along with a networking event that featured faculty and MBA students.
“South Africa was an enlightening trip full of excitement, learning and experiences for students,” Meshreki looked back. “The real beauty and richness of Africa was discovered through activities that made it one of the most beautiful trips of my life.”
The AUC School of Business encourages its students to widen their horizon and expand their experience beyond the classroom and university. Study tours are annually organized to provide students with international exposure, a unique learning environment as well as memorable and enjoyable cultural experiences. With 122 university partners all over the world, the school gives students the opportunity to expand their perspective and visit a diverse range of nations.