This post is part of a series following the “CBS World Tour” organized by Shoaf and incoming MBA students.
This week marks the beginning of the second annual CBS World Tour where nearly 150 admitted students from the class of 2011 will be meeting up in 40 countries around the world. Along their journey, students will be adventuring through jungles, hiking volcanoes, and visiting with senior executives and officials who can share a unique perspective of their countries and industries. Alumni chapters around the world are hosting informal gatherings and helping to arrange company visits. Most impressively, the tour is being organized by admitted students (who haven’t even begun the program yet). In each of the 40 locations on the itinerary, a local admit is hosting a group of five to 20 students in their home countries.
Initially, the World Tour was designed exclusively for admitted students, but this year we extended the invitation to the graduating class of 2009 as a way to build a bridge between incoming and outgoing students. The idea is to foster relationship between the newest alumni and the new students that will be courting each other during on campus recruiting this fall. (Read blog posts from last year’s tour.)
The itinerary is broken into six four-week itineraries and includes a number of exciting locations such as Galapagos, Iran and Cambodia. The most popular trips this year (based on demand) seem to be Eastern Europe, South America and China.
Over the next 10 weeks, the 2011 Travel Team Captains will be posting blogs to share some of their experiences and lessons learned from the road. Stay tuned and visit the World Tour’s web site to learn more about the tour. For questions, please contact jshoaf10 *at* gsb.columbia.edu.
Alumni Clubs from across the globe will host events on or around Thursday, June 11, 2009 to recognize and celebrate Columbia Business School’s global alumni network during the third annual Worldwide Alumni Club Event. Click here to learn more about the events.