Southeast Asia

Study Tours give students the opportunity to explore the economic, political, and cultural contexts of business in regions outside the US. Tours are proposed and planned by students, with the guidance of faculty and staff mentors.

Below are the reflections of participants studying how business development can bolster prosperity in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam: Communist or Capitalist?

The next and final stop on our Sloan Southeast Asia Study Tour was Vietnam (see my first 2 posts here and here). We visited Ho Chi Minh city (or Saigon as preferred by the locals) and Hanoi to get a comprehensive experience of both the south and the north … Read more 

Bangkok: Innovation or Imitation?


The second stop on my Sloan Southeast Asia Study Tour was Bangkok, Thailand. Read my first post on Singapore here.
Singapore vs. Bangkok
Going from Singapore, the digital and sustainable urban center of ASEAN, to Bangkok was nothing short of an eye-opening experience.  Both cities are extremely densely populated, but the futuristic looking … Read more 

Singapore: The Digital Hub of ASEAN

In the first half of the Spring 2017 semester at Sloan, I had an opportunity to take a 5-week student-organized course learning about the economic, political, and cultural landscape of the South East Asian region. This culminated in an incredible 2-week study tour through Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam during spring break which … Read more 

The Tiny Village with the Big Heart

From Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, I passed through so many cool towns but the one place that touched my heart was the Yen Duc Village. Yen Duc reminded me of my homeland, Guatemala. My mom is from a small island called Livingston, which is between Guatemala and Belize. Livingston … Read more 

Temasek’s Investment Model

I had the privilege to visit Temasek, the sovereign wealth fund. As background, Temasek is roughly a $240-billion-dollar sovereign wealth fund based in Singapore. In the world of asset management, fund managers are required to at least match the performance of their benchmarks.
Given that Temasek has a significant portion of … Read more 

Something Wall Street Lacks

Today, the large Wall Street US-based banks were exposed on why they have been struggling to grow since the financial crisis. When I visited DBS Bank, a Singaporean financial services corporation, I was reminded on why Wall Street is no longer the hottest place to work after business school. Wall … Read more 

The Future of Economic Growth in Vietnam

One of many active brick factories on the way to Ha Long Bay

As we begin our 5 hour journey back to Hanoi from Ha Long Bay, I have a moment of subdued quiet to reflect on our time in Vietnam. During this trip we had a chance to see … Read more 

Tale of Two Thailands

The unique MahaNakhon in Bangkok, signs of wealth in a city also filled with street vendors and lined with small shacks
Next on our #SEAtheworld visit is five days in Bangkok. We visited the glass factory of Carabao, an energy drink and snack foods company, Ookbee, a e-book and digital … Read more 

Singapore – Nothing like it.

Supertrees – man made structures designed to look like trees that light up at night
We begin our two plus week study tour to Southeast Asia in Singapore. I had never been to Singapore, but have many Singaporean friends, and was quite looking forward to my visit. Singapore is a … Read more