India Destination for New Global Residency Program

Students leave Jan. 1 for week long trip to experience India's academic, business and cultural environment

Sean Jasso, lecturer of management at the School of Business Administration

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The University of California, Riverside School of Business Administration is launching its third global residency program next month in India and has plans to add two more in the future.

“The Indian Economy and the Epicenter of Globalization” is a one-week residency in Mumbai, India from Jan 1 to 8 for UC Riverside undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni. It joins similar one-week residency programs in England and China that were started the past two years. Future plans call for adding programs in Russia and Brazil.

“The programs expose students to emerging markets and give them global experience in an academic, business and cultural environment,” said Sean Jasso, who organizes the trips and is a lecturer of management at the School of Business Administration.

“Our goal is to bring the whole world in a portfolio to our students, who need to see these places to enhance their competitiveness,” Jasso said.

The global programs combine lectures by faculty at local host universities and visits to cultural, academic and business centers. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate from the host university.

The programs started in spring 2010 with a weeklong residency at the University of Oxford in England. In 2011, students returned to Oxford and added Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China in June of that year. In 2012, students will return to those two countries and travel to India from Jan. 1 to 8. The past trips and the upcoming trip to India have drawn about 80 students.

The residency in India will explore the strategic issues that U.S. and foreign multinationals face when doing business in India. Lecture topics include India as a transitional economy, Mumbai’s economy, financing in India, culture and leadership in India and India’s future economic growth.

Participants will visit Tata Consultancy Service; L&T Infotech, a global IT services and solutions provider; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the National Stock Exchange; and the Gateway of India – one of Mumbai’s most notable monuments.

Space is still available for the India trip. Reservations are also being taken for the upcoming trips to Oxford, which occurs during spring break (March 25 to 31) and China, which is planned for after the school year ends (June 17 to 23). The trips are open to all UC Riverside undergraduate and graduate students, not just business majors. For information, e-mail Sean Jasso at

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