Southeast Asia is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, with many these same countries being coined "Asian Tigers" in reference to their rapid economic growth and industrialization in the 1980s and 1990s.
Not only do these countries present significant opportunities in the way of expanding and lucrative markets, they also present an opportunity to better understand past, current and future trends and how the same trends will play themselves out in the next wave of "tigers": Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
The University of Washington Bothell School of Business Global Executive Mini-MBA (Southeast Asia) will explore some of the same trends and players through a visit to two very different countries, cultures and economies:
Thailand: One of the world's most successful agro-industrialized economies and home to 68 million people, a study of Thailand, its institutions and its businesses provides fascinating insights into some of the key trends, opportunities and lessons that characterize the expanding markets of Southeast Asia.
Singapore: Any study of globalization would be remiss without a thorough understanding of the history and modern economy of Singapore. Despite being only one 10th the size of Washington's King County and without any natural resources, Singapore has parlayed its strategic global position on the Straits of Sumatra to become the fourth-largest financial center in the world in the fourth busiest port. With an economy larger than that of resource rich Chile and Nigeria, Singapore has the the highest trade-to-GDP ratio in the world, it has brought home the third highest per capita income in the world.
In short, the countries and economies Thailand and Singapore, and their many local and multinational companies and their key international organizations are worthy of observation and assessment, and will be the focus of the University of Washington Bothell School of Business Global Executive Mini-MBA (Southeast Asia) in late 2013.
The tour will be organized and led by James Reinnoldt, a lecturer with the University of Washington Bothell School of Business who has over 25 years' business and consulting experience in Southeast Asia.
Mini MBA Southeast Asia Program and Itinerary
Prior to departure, tour participants will attend two sessions at the UW Bothell campus where they will learn about doing business in Thailand and Singapore, as well as global business strategy, and trip logistics.
The trip will start with a seven-night stay in Thailand, during which time participants will visit manufacturing plants, industrial free-trade zone, financial firms, and agricultural interests. These tours and briefings will give participants keen insights into the key players and trends of emerging economy like Thailand. Furthermore, participants will also gain a thorough understanding of some of the effective business strategies that companies are deploying.
As companies operating in Southeast Asia are also impacted by socio-political trends, the group also visit the regional United Nations and some key NGOs to hear about issues such as HIV-AIDS, the challenges (and opportunities) of the urban poor, economic migration, and environmental stress.
In order to better understand Thailand's rich culture and history, the program participants will also visit key historical and cultural sites in and around Bangkok.
After Thailand, the group will fly to Singapore for a three-night stay during which time they will listen to a briefing from the Singapore Economic Development Board, as well as visit top financial firms, regional hospitality corporations, and key logistics and calling center companies.
In both countries, the group will attend and participate in lectures and discussions with business executives, and top government officials. Networking functions will also provide an opportunity to meet and exchange contacts with business counterparts.
By the end of this program, participants will have gained a new understanding of and insights into the Thailand and Singapore markets, as well as have made valuable business contacts that will help with the development and penetration of these markets.
- Understand the economic and legal environments of Thailand and Singapore
- Understand the socio-cultural environments of Thailand and Singapore
- Understand various models for direct foreign investment in Southeast Asia
- Understand key trading trends in Southeast Asia, and the role that Thailand is playing in the development of Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia
- Develop fruitful business contacts
- Understand successful business strategies and business practices in Singapore and Thailand
Possible Tours and Visits:
- DBS Bank
- Delta Airlines
- AIS Telecommunications
- The CP Group
- Hemaraj Industrial Zone
- Asia Pacific Breweries
- Starbucks Thailand
- Silverneedle Hospitality
- The United Nations
- The Bangkok Mercy Center
The Global Executive Mini MBA
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will ea receive a Global Executive Mini-MBA (India) from the University of Washington Bothell School of Business.
In order to qualify for participation in this program, applicants will require an undergraduate degree from a leading educational institution. In light of the multi-disciplinary nature of the study tour and topics, participants from all professional backgrounds are welcome to apply.
All-Inclusive Program Fees
A program fee of $8,395 includes round-trip economy group air transportation from Seattle to Thailand, airfares between Thailand and Singapore, professional lectures and briefings, program materials, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, domestic air and ground transportation, transfers, secondary health insurance, sightseeing tours, breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, and the Global Executive Mini-MBA.
Not included are passport and India visa fees, immuinizations, tips, meals not stated above, and other incidental expenses.
The complete program itinerary and application portal will be available here after April 01, 2013. In the meantime please contact James Reinnoldt, Program Manager at email@example.com or Drew McCutchen, Program Administrator at 425-352-3545 for more information.