Doing Business in Japan and Singapore

Next week, 30 University of Maryland students will depart for Singapore and Japan, two key economies of the world, to develop an understanding of the business practices and economic policies that have allowed Singapore and Japan to emerge as two of the most thriving and dynamic markets in the world. The for-credit course, formally known as Doing Business in Japan and Singapore, is comprised of students enrolled in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Maryland from the full-time, part-time, or executive programs. Students will use what they have learned in the classroom, as well as their own experiences, to help solve real-world business problems of companies in either Japan or Singapore. Peter Shames, a full-time MBA is excited for the opportunity stating, “it is a rare chance to immerse oneself in another culture while also being asked to act as a consultant and bring fresh eyes to what are real business issues for entrepreneurs and business leaders.” Other students, such as Elliot Dickerson, see the program as a way to expand their intellectual capital. “By taking this course, I will take my previous experience in China to assist those in Singapore and Japan while taking with me lessons learned from the experiential component” he says. The program is administered by the Center for Global Business, a driver of internationalization and global mindset education at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. More information about the program and the Center for Global Business can be found online at

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