Dean Stefanie Lenway and Assistant Dean Georgia Fisher made the most of the second day of their London Business Semester site visit.
The Minnesota visitors hosted a between-classes lunch for the 48 students, providing an ideal opportunity for discussion and reflection.
“You are not only studying finance, marketing, management and real estate, but you are learning about World War I, Poland, Scotland and the future UK referendum on leaving the EU," Dean Lenway said in opening the conversation. "The context of business matters.”
Students shared examples of how diverse aspects of different cultures impact business, from their local home-stay neighborhoods to their Business 200 organizations and beyond. Students also discussed how their new perspectives will be a benefit as they interview for summer internships.
As students turned their attention to Rich Rexeisen’s Marketing 300 class, the deans went to meet with historian John Makey, who has taught University of St. Thomas students for 20 years. His private tour of the British Museum included the Elgin Marbles and the Egyptian galleries, further demonstrating the unique learning opportunities located just down the street from Student Central. The recently reopened Africa gallery provided context for the world history class on New Imperialism that followed.
Finally, before a celebratory dinner with London partner AIFS, the deans traveled to north London to visit Jeannette Murphy, who has hosted University of St. Thomas students for many years.
What's ahead for day three? The Inns of Court and Lloyds of London!