Rider University's EMBA Programs
to China and Vietnam: Beijing,
and Ho Chi Minh City
on May 03 – 13, 2009
Trip arrangement by Runckel
University's EMBA Programs
2009 in Shanghai, China,
led by Dr. Lauren Eder and our first-class and international guide,
The EMBA group started in Beijing with a full-day of sight seeing to
Tiannanmen Square, the Forbiden City and the Summer Palace.
(Picture: Rider EMBA Class of 2009 in Tiananmen Square)
Dinner: Peking Duck preparation in
Beijing at the famous Quanjude Duck Restaurant.
Musician in Summer Palace, Beijing
The next day, the
group visited Haidian District in Beijing and toured Baidu, a leading
Chinese technology company. Then, visited Lenovo. (Picture: Lenovo tour)
(Picture: The group listening to
presentation at Lenovo)
The morning tour was followed by a presentation by
EMBA student Frank
Glowacki holding a torch from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - at
Lenovo in Beijing. Lenovo was a major supporter of the games.
Peking Opera show after dinner
The group visited the Great Wall at Mutianyu
China guide Tony Yang, Professor
Lauren Eder, Scott Eder, Professor Paul Benchener, Professor Jia Shen
(Group Picture at Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai)
The group departed Beijing en route to Shanghai on the next day.
Shanghai, Rider University EMBAs met with J&J, followed by the
Chief Operations Officer for
PPG. They then visited Shanghai Feng Pu Industrial Park and had a
company visit at
Shanghai Shen Li High Tech company, which mainly makes fuel cell power
systems. At night, the group visited Xintiandi. Before leaving
for the airport to go to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the group visited
(Picture: View of Saigon from Reunification Palace)
The group began their first day with sightseeing via
cyclo (a bicycle taxi) - visited the Museum, Reunification Palace
(formerly the residence of the President
of South Vietnam) and Notre Dame Cathedral before going to lunch.
Ho Chi Minh City,
in Ho Chi Minh City - Pho and fresh coconut juice.)
Then, that night had dinner at the Blue Ginger – authentic
Vietnamese food in a pleasant and charming setting.
The next day, the group had a full-day
of business visits, starting with a Macro-briefing on “Background
information on Vietnam: brief history, people, culture, reforms, and
other economic policies” by Mr. Bui Van of Financial Business
News Channel (FBNC-Vietnam). Then, this was followed with
meetings with Pho Pham, IDG Ventures to discuss Vietnam’s Economic
Outlook and the role of Venture Capital in building Vietnam and
Vietnam’s business community. Just before lunch, the group
listened in on the topic, "Understanding Vietnam’s business culture" by
speaker Chien Ly Truong and Ralf Matthies of TNS Vietnam – a marketing
research organization in Ho Chi Minh City.
After lunch, the topic was "Franchising - The Next Big Thing in
Vietnam?" (Franchising is just taking off in Vietnam and new ventures
like Pho 24 and others are writing the new rule book for Vietnam on
this). This presentation was by Ms. Phi Van Nguyen,
Managing Director of Gloria Jean Coffee, Vietnam. Ms. Nguyen is
also a co-owner of the company.
(Picture: Lunch at Pho 24)
group then visited Harvey Nash office - Vietnam’s IT Sector and
Prospects for Outsourcing.
Manufacturer of acrylic awards)
On the last day, the group traveled to Binh Duong Province, a province
about an hour and a half from HCMC, for a briefing at Becamex, IDC by
Senior Advisor and Head of Marketing, Becamex, IDC, Mr. Vo Son
(Picture: Beer factory
outside Ho Chi Minh City in My Phuoc Industrial Park)
students visited My Phuoc Industrial Park and toured two of the
factories in the park.
The final dinner was at La Taverne – French Food in a Vietnamese style.
One of the Lunches
Fresh coconut juice and cold water for
sale in Ho Chi Minh City
in Ho Chi Minh City.