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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Building Connections Across the World

As the corporate relations team for the International Study Course Trip to Vietnam, our mission is to establish strong connections with industry professionals across the globe. With its dynamic business landscape, Vietnam has emerged as a promising destination for collaborations and partnerships. Despite encountering several challenges, our team has honed valuable skills and tactics to ensure our success in reaching out and arranging meetings with industry experts in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

From challenge to experience:

Each year, the Global Case Competition at Harvard University attracts over 3,000 finance and business students from 100 universities across the world to present their financial valuation and strategy-backed recommendations to a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) case. 

With the Indonesia trip around the corner, the corporate relations team has been busy finalizing which companies we will be meeting with while we’re away! After weeks of hard work and perseverance, our team has successfully filled out our meeting schedule.

Our trip to Vietnam in August is fast approaching, and the meals and logistics team has been busy planning various components of the trip. As our schedule fills up with meetings, activities, and everything in-between, the trip is really starting to take shape. Although we are so excited, a considerable amount of thought, planning, and research must go into making sure everything runs smoothly.

Since our introduction blog, the marketing and culture team has been hard at work searching for adventurous activities that we can take part in while exploring Indonesia.  It’s no secret that the country has a wide variety of exciting activities that allow for us to both take part in the deep-rooted culture as well as experience the breathtaking views that Indonesian nature has to offer.

The marketing and culture team has been actively researching unique activities in Vietnam to explore its captivating culture and breathtaking natural beauty. Vietnam offers many experiences that appeal to all our senses. Amidst our packed schedule, we have set aside leisure time on the weekend to explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, admire the architectural marvels of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and delve into the historical significance of the Reunification Palace.

As we near the end of the term and eventually set out for our International Study Course trip, our team has been figuring out various logistics and details needed to make the trip as successful as possible.

We hope this blog can be helpful; whether it be for the next vacation you have lined up or for a future AFM 334 course trip you take part in!

The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is a highly competitive event in which teams from universities across the world compete against each other in a simulated venture capital investment process. Our team from the University of Waterloo (myself, Matthew, Alyzeh, Aryaman, Vireshaar and Daniel) were thrilled to have made it to the global finals after winning the Canadian regional competition held in Halifax.

As someone who hails from an Asian country, I am highly intrigued by cross-cultural business practices in the Asia-Pacific region. I have always been fascinated by the similarities in cultures and business etiquette across Asian countries, and I believe that these similarities can be leveraged by companies to expand their operations across different Asian markets.