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Hiking Hanoi

Hiking Hanoi

The following is an entry from another guest blogger, Rudy Birtler.  Rudy is an Intercontinental MBA Student who comments on our group experience in Hanoi:

Just as we became comfortable navigating Beijing and had the rudimentary communication skills mastered to get us to and from our hotel, the embassy and the hospital, we all piled into [...]

Emerging Markets, the Quinlan School, its IMBA, Jesuit Education and You

The title of this blog is rather ungainly. If you’re busy, bored or can’t wait for the punch line, just note that emerging markets remain very promising; related to this promise, the IMBA program is unique, literally has a world of potential, perhaps only could be orchestrated well by the Quinlan School of Business, its [...]

IMBA Student Calls China the Wisest Teacher of All

Saba Ahmed is one of the students in our Intercontinental MBA cohort.  As we complete our 5-week Asia residency, Saba shares her impressions of our time in China.  The following are her words:

We can talk about this until we’re blue, read all the books, observe all the people, but the only way we’ll understand fundamental [...]

Last Day in Thailand

Our final farewell to Thailand was a memorable full-day on an eco-tour aboard a large boat and ocean kayaks near Phuket. The guides took us through caves into beautiful lagoons surrounded by monoliths of sandstone where mangrove trees thrive and the inhabitant were tropical birds and ocean life.  (We were told the monkeys must be [...]

IMBAs Onto Thailand

The morning of the New Year of the Horse, we left Cambodia and flew to Bangkok. Here we encountered the local custom of throwing water on passersby as part of the holiday celebration. This does not involve squirt guns or water balloons; we are talking about people with large buckets and hoses. We dodged the [...]

Pope Francis on Leadership


There is no denying the fact that, Pope Francis has become an international cultural icon and role model.  Time dubbed him “Person of the Year” for 2013.  He has been featured as the cover story in America’s “hip” entertainment magazine, Rolling Stone.  The BBC has called him a “superstar”.  International media watchers claim that he [...]

Trying to Understand the Bottom of the Pyramid

Our IMBA group has spent the last two days in and around Seam Reep, Cambodia.  A highlight was touring Angkor Wat, the most famous and best restored temple among the 95 that make up this 12th century complex.  Certainly the glory that was the Empire here in the 1100s matched or eclipsed that of Europe.  [...]

IMBA Students In Vietnam

After two weeks of getting our bearings in Beijing, our group of IMBA Pioneers has moved from China for two weeks in Southeast Asia. Our first stop in Vietnam was Hanoi — appropriately dubbed Ha-noisy. The streets were crowded with scooters and motorbikes. Crossing the streets was an adventure. Our patient guide encouraged is to [...]

A Great Day on the Great Wall

A Great Day on the Great Wall

Near the conclusion of our two-week stay in Beijing we ventured out of the city for a morning on the Great Wall.  No visit to China is complete without spending time gazing in awe and climbing this made-made wonder.   At one time it stretched approximate 5,500 miles across China and is over 2,000 years [...]

Terra Cotta Adventure

Terra Cotta Adventure

We have a better, although truthfully staged, picture of our group appearing to be among the Terra Cotta Warriors. Visitors are not allowed into the pit, but the entrepreneurial managers of the site did see a need to be up close and personal with the antiquities. Thus they set up a scene with copies that [...]