UBC MBA students travel to China to meet with top employers


Twenty MBA students from Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School have just returned from Trek China, a global immersion initiative that took them to Hong Kong and Shanghai to experience China’s thriving marketplace firsthand. 

It is the third Trek China organized by the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, which aims to connect MBAs with multinational companies in Asia.

During an intense five days, the group met with local representatives in the finance, manufacturing, luxury goods, consulting and high-tech industries. Twelve companies participated, including Google, Louis Vuitton, KPMG, Colliers International, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Wang & Li, Fosun Group, Bloomberg, Coutts & Co. Ltd, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and TPG Capital.

“The goal is to expose the students to new markets and provide them with an understanding of how business is being done in these markets,” said Sauder Assistant Dean Denise Baker. 

Sauder’s Trek program is building long-term relationships with leading employers in Asia. In their presentations to the students, the companies explored topics such as the difference between doing business in Asia versus in Europe, as well as their current recruitment needs. 

Students also had the opportunity to network with local alumni and other international business students at two Trek China Mixers, one in each city. Commenting on the trip’s success, Assistant Dean Baker said, “China’s market economy is booming and they’re hungry for great business talent.”