2018 International Residency Takes Students on Ride Through Asia's Diverse Economy, Culture | Technological Leadership Institute

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February 12, 2018
Photo of MOT 2018 students in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China during their international residency

For two weeks every January, our second-year M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) students take their learning outside of the classroom — outside of the country, to be exact. In early January, the class of 2018 traded the sub-zero temperatures of January in Minnesota for the sweltering humidity of Southeast Asia, in the far-opposite time zone. The annual trip abroad is part of the International Management of Technology Project (IMTP), during which second-year MOT students travel to two countries of contrasting economies to get a first-hand look at the functions of conducting foreign business: one emerging-market nation and one that's more robust. This year, they traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Shanghai, China, where they participated in lectures and discussions from business and government leaders as well as academics.

After a 12-hour flight, the class, along with MOT Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Tariq Samad and TLI Associate Director and Senior Fellow Paul Hansen, arrived safely in Vietnam. Unfortunately, most of their luggage did not. The following morning, they were off to meet with a local university representative about business in Vietnam and educating future technology leaders. Lesson number one? The show must go on. And they passed with flying colors. The students did an amazing job working together and adapting. As a result, the visit went off without a hitch.

Eventually, the luggage caught up, and the learning intensified. Their rigorous itinerary was jam-packed with corporate and cultural site visits, making the experience equally demanding as it was rewarding. They met with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Intel, Medtronic, Huawei and GE Aviation, just to name a few. After visiting as many as five organizations per day, the students were in for a well-deserved break. This included gastronomic city tours by motorbike and scenic walks through historic Buddhist gardens and temples. Some of them even caught the "Minneapolis Miracle" from a remote pub open at the crack of dawn! The photograph above is of some of the students and faculty in Yuyuan Garden, a classical Chinese garden from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Shanghai.

Each of the students gained invaluable knowledge and deep insight that could not be replicated in a classroom. We asked a couple second-year MOT students to share their personal experience and take away from the 2018 IMTP experience in Vietnam and China. Hear what they have to say below:

If you would like to learn more about how IMTP and how an M.S. in Management of Technology from the Technological Leadership Institute can benefit your career, attend an upcoming information session or contact our admission department.

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