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Hokies at the Taj Mahal

Management faculty member Reed Kennedy led 11 students on a two-week trip in January to India and the United Arab Emirates to study business, culture, and leadership.

The program allowed students to experience two countries that are economic “giants” that have considerable potential for growth and competition and that are neighbors in the region but have different cultural and political environments, said Kennedy.

The program comprised class time, visits to businesses and a university, and excursions to cultural and historical sites, including the Taj Mahal, local markets, the world’s tallest building.  The business visits were in cities known for their growth in market and service-oriented businesses and their world-renowned business institutions: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Hyderabad in India, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

Students also learned various leadership styles and reflected on their own leadership style during group discussions.