Studying at La Trobe regional campuses offers rewards
A trip to China has been hailed a resounding success and an excellent example of the benefits of studying at a regional university.
Sue O’Keefe, La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus Associate Head – Regional School of Business said that the visit is just one example of how smaller class sizes at regional campuses can benefit students.
‘It’s a great example of how living and studying in regional campuses gives students the advantage not only of smaller class sizes and quality teaching but also opportunities for international trips that provide experiences which will stay with them forever,’ said Ms O’Keefe.
Ms O’Keefe said the visit included opportunities for the students to experience education, business, social and cultural practices in China.
‘Trips such as this afford fantastic opportunities for students to experience first-hand how other societies operate.
‘Experiences like these broaden our students’ outlook. La Trobe has a long tradition of overseas students coming to the regions to undertake their studies and it’s great to see local students now going offshore to gain international experience,’ said Ms O’Keefe.
La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus student, Lucas Mellier says the trip was an eye-opener. He is one of twenty-nine La Trobe University students who went on the trip, where they teamed up with students from the top one hundred at the Central University of Finance and Economics.
Highlights of the trip for Lucas include walking on the Great Wall of China and using his negotiating skills in the silk market.
‘The system works on the seller going high and the buyer going low. Eventually they meet in-between,’ said Lucas, who believes his negotiation skills have improved as a result.
Lucas feels the trip was also a great opportunity to meet students from other La Trobe campuses. He has formed some good friendships, which he says wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t gone on the trip. Lucas says in the future he would love to work for a company that works with Chinese people.
Lecturer Dr Peter Lamb, who accompanied the students to China, says that students now have a greater understanding of the Chinese culture and how they do business.
‘The basic aims of the tour were to allow students to acquire a first-hand understanding of Chinese customs, values, and beliefs that influence the way business is conducted in China.’ said Dr Lamb.
Dr Lamb is very happy with the outcomes from the trip. ‘From a staff perspective our expectations were exceeded; educationally, culturally, and personally. I suspect the students would agree too, but more importantly they have many different stories to tell.’ says Dr Lamb.
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