In only a few years Asia will be the world's largest producer and consumer of goods and services and will be home to the majority of the world's middle class, according to the Australia in the Asian Century white paper. How will this affect how business will be conducted in the future? What are the real opportunities that await us all in the Asian Century?
These questions, and many others, will be the topic of discussion for 38 MBA students from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), travelling to Hong Kong and Shanghai to participate in business meetings and conferences to gain invaluable insights about doing business in Asia.
AGSM, in partnership with AustCham Shanghai, will host the Power of Proximity: Australia's role in the Asian Century conference, which the travelling MBA students will attend. Tim Harcourt, the J.W Nevile Fellow in Economics and Adjunct Professor in International Business Strategy at the Australian School of Business (ASB), will be the guest speaker for the evening. Known as 'The Airport Economist', Tim is an active commentator in the Australian and international media on economic trade issues including regularly appearing on ABC Midday, Lateline, Business Today, The World, Sky Business News, Sunrise, Bloomberg, CCTV, BBC and CNBC Asia.
The travelling students will also join AGSM MBA students from Hong Kong and Shanghai, AGSM Alumni and industry leaders for the Generation eXport and Global Generation Y conference in Hong Kong, the final session of the AGSM Knowledge Series for 2012. The panellists include Emma Reynolds, co-founder of e3Reloaded; Andrew Au, Managing Director of Fluid; Steve Garton, Executive Director of Business Insights, Ipsos Hong Kong, and ASB's Tim Harcourt.
The internationally-ranked AGSM MBA is Australia's leading global management degree and the first MBA to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Australia. The trip in Asia, which was met with high demand, was part of the MBA course for students completing the International Business Strategy in Asia subject.