A cohort of students in Taylor University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program visited the Taylor campus, as well as businesses and attractions in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Chicago last week.
The students’ visit was the fruit of a partnership between Taylor University and LCC International University in Lithuania. Students graduating from the program earn a Master of Arts in International Management from LCC and an MBA from Taylor. While much of the work is done online, the program also features three residencies: two in Lithuania and one in the United States.
In the days following their arrival in Indianapolis on July 29, the students visited the Eli Lilly headquarters, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the State Capitol building. They also toured Star Financial Bank, Citizens Energy Group and visited Top Golf, an enclosed driving range north of the Indianapolis downtown, prior to leaving for Upland.
While in Upland, the students attended lectures, presented theses, and toured the campus. According to Noelle Brennan, coordinator for Taylor's MBA program, it was the first time many of the students had visited the United States and Central Indiana.
“A highlight for me is when the students spend a day on campus and are so impressed with how beautiful it is here—the land, the buildings, and the lake,” Brennan said. “I love reminding them that they are a part of Taylor and this is their campus.”
In Fort Wayne, the students visited 80/20, Steel Dynamics, the Fort Wayne Metals facility, and attended a Fort Wayne Tin Caps baseball game at Park Field, Fort Wayne’s downtown ball park.
The trip to Chicago included visits to Navy Pier, Centennial Wheel, and an architecture tour.
“The Global Business Study Tour is a requirement for the MA/MBA degree program,” said Brennan, who was one of the facilitators for the visit. “Over the past four years, we've had a group of international students come to the states for a week, where they visit various businesses and cultural events. The students come from different countries, so the variety creates unique perspectives and interesting discussions. This year we were intentional in connecting with Taylor graduates in business, both in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.”