Quinnipiac University hosted six Hungarian graduate business students earlier this month.
The students, all of whom are working toward master’s degrees in business administration at Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary, visited Quinnipiac’s campus and major international corporations throughout Connecticut. The visit was part of a four-year-old program between the two universities.
“When I take our MBA students to Hungary every June for two weeks, Corvinus hosts us for some lectures, helps arrange company visits and provides us bus transportation in Hungary,” said Christopher Ball, associate professor of economics and the Istvan Szechenyi Chair in International Economics in the School of Business. “Every spring, or every other spring, a group of Corvinus MBA students come to us for one week and we host them for some lectures, arrange company visits and provide bus transportation within Connecticut, and to and from JFK airport.”
Students from both universities competed in a day-long case competition to sharpen their skills and view problems with different perspectives.
“In hosting these groups, we visit companies in Connecticut, which contributes to Quinnipiac’s relations within the state and within the Connecticut corporate community,” Ball said. “This adds to Quinnipiac’s reputation among companies, universities and students internationally.”
The process will also foster easier recruitment of students, faculty and corporate partners worldwide, Ball said.
“I hope these students come away with a much richer and deeper understanding of America,” Ball said. “Our educational system is totally different and they learned a lot just from spending time at Quinnipiac. They are all business people and business students in Hungary so they learned many lessons about the American approach to business, including a customer-first mentality, a belief people should work in fields in which they have a passion, and new management or production skills.”
The visiting students also learned how open, friendly and generous Americans are, Ball said.
“This kind of understanding is a good thing in itself,” he said. “It is important to further international relations and business. Most business people end up working on international projects at some point. And, of course, this kind of understanding makes one think differently about the world in general.”
Quinnipiac students will travel to Hungary from May 29 through June 10. Highlights of the trip include a visit to Parliament to meet with officials.
“They will learn that Europeans are more social and define themselves less by their professions,” Ball said. “They learn how Hungarians do business and how multinationals operate in foreign countries.”
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