One of the most awaited parts of the course that students look for, even at the time of admission into FORE School of Management, is the International Immersion Program (IIP), which has become a trademark since its inception. Preparing and packing in the midst of the summer internship interviews seemed to be a difficult task difficult but the “future managers” dealt it with ease.
After the hectic final term exams that marked the end of first year of PGDM, it was time for the much awaited IIP which is compulsory for all FOREians. All requirements and legal formalities were fulfilled and the only thing left was to board the flight.
Landing in HongKong made us forget the hectic schedule we were going through for the past month. At first, we were taken around the city for a tour that included a visit to MadameTussauds and the breathtaking Victoria’s Peak. After this quite amazing city tour, we had to curb the excitement as we had a session on the next day at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This session was led by some eminent professors from the university, and it gave us insight into many topics, including the local economy and development from a different perspective, which definitely helped us expand our knowledge and understanding of Honkong’s economy. After the sessions, we headed towards one of the most exciting amusement parks in the world: “Ocean Park”. Here, there were a lot of amazing rides that all of usenjoyed immensely.
Day 3 also started with a session at the university, followed by lunch. We were all taken to one of the most famous tourist spots in Hong Kong: Disney Land. Each one of us was reminded of our childhood days. Day 4 included our industrial visit to Shenzhen, in south China. China was completely different from Hong Kong. As soon as we crossed the immigration center, we could see that we were in a different country. Tung hing metal and plastic manufacturing Ltd. was the first destination for students once we entered China; we were taken to the manufacturing plant where we could see how China focuses on economies of scale. As we were in China, we decided to do some shopping, which only made sense since it is a manufacturing hub. We were able to get electronics, clothes and several other products at cheaper prices as compared to other countries. Then, we returned to Hong Kong again. And, the next morning we once again went to the university for more sessions led by some of the university’s leading professors. This session covered general business topics gaining attention in Hong Kong. We were given a lot of information, including how Hong Kong has numerous advantages due to its close proximity to the manufacturing hub of China.
All in all, it was an amazing learning experience in a new country where we were able to gain knowledge on similar topics, but from different perspectives. After this trip, students agreed that pragmatic learning is the best source to accumulate knowledge. In addition, the opportunity to get an education while being on a fun trip is quite an amazing and unforgettable experience. All of us will remember this experience for the rest of our lives. We feel quite lucky that we are able to attend FORE School of Management, which is doing a great job in providing us with the knowledge that we need to take on the corporate world as future managers!