The inaugural trip under the NUS MBA Santander Student Mobility Programme took place in February 2012 with a group of 18 students, led by Student Life Manager, Linda Gouw, visiting top companies in Los Angeles after attending a class at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Participants of the USA study trip – who call themselves the USA 18 – were the first to enjoy a generous sponsorship, in which Santander Bank provides an annual grant for up to 18 NUS MBA students to experience a class in a top notch business school overseas and visit companies in that city.
UCLA Anderson School of Management hosted the delegation for half a day with lectures by two of their esteemed faculty members. The group then visited companies from various sectors, ranging from finance, real-estate, pharmaceutical, retail, technology to entertainment. The firms included Target, Warner Bros Studios, Zodiac Aerospace, Gilead Sciences, CBRE, Port of Long Beach and Buffalo Studios.
In total, 80 participants applied for the USA trip this year, each submitting motivational essays and their resumes, before being shortlisted for interviews.
“What made the USA Study Trip absolutely extraordinary is the opportunity to visit top US companies and meet the management team behind the firms. I am very thankful to be given the opportunity to observe first-hand global businesses by meeting the business leaders and touring their facilities in order to learn how they develop and execute their business strategies in a competitive market,” said participant Ria N Martirez.