2018 Mayterm: Singapore
A city-state called Singapore.
Once a backwater ancient trade route, the Lion City was influenced by colonial forces, benefitted by the happenstance of innovation, and forged though an amalgam of Asian entrepreneurial spirit and Western economics. It's against this backdrop, and in the third largest global financial center, that we study international trade, finance, and look at what it means to think biblically about corporate responsibility and ethical sourcing.
You’ll “base camp” in Singapore with excursions to Cambodia, Hong Kong, Manila, and Vietnam to see cultural and religious sites and industry destinations.
- Study best practices in corporate responsibility and ethical sourcing
- Gain global perspective
- Tour factories and hear from multi-national executives
- Explore Singapore’s diverse culture, foods, and communities
- Appreciate international Christian communities and history
Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Center, the largest religious monument in the world.
Tour the site where the tyranny of the Khmer Rouge regime caused one of the largest genocides in history.
Learn about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum, walk through Ho Chi Minh Square, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and multiple public markets for a diverse glimpse of this city.
Walk through the Temple Street Night Market, ride the Victoria Peak tram, hike the Dragon’s Back, enjoy Nan Lian Gardens, tour the Honk Kong Museum of Art, visit Exchange Square (financial district), attend a local church.
Tour Intramuros (walled city once the core of the Spanish and American governments), visit historic Catholic churches, national museum.
Note: Exact excursion destinations may vary.
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- Ethical Sourcing and Corporate Responsibility: Grapple with the complexities of ethical sourcing and corporate responsibility in a global context.
- International Trade and Finance: Learn how globalization, exchange rates, and trade barriers impact economies.
- History of Singapore and its Economy: Study how the confluence of history, people, innovation, and occupation have formed Singapore.
- Leadership in and International Context: Dr. Gayle Beebe will discuss leadership with an international emphasis.
Course pre-requisites: macro and microeconomics unless otherwise waived by Professor Bradford. Students must confirm with their major advisors that credits from this course (EB-150) and the related internship can qualify as upper division credit for their respective majors.
You’ll be conducting team-based research as part of the Development Bank of Singapore’s (DBS) annual Asian Insights Conference which hosts more than 1,100 business and thoughts leaders from Singapore and the region. Westmont interns will conduct research for DBS executives in preparation for the conference.
Gayle Beebe is in his eleventh year as president of Westmont College and his 26th year in higher education. He earned multiple graduate degrees including a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA in Strategic Management from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a BA from George Fox University and Westmont College. Dr. Beebe will be part of the on-campus portion of the program and visit the abroad program for several days to guide students on international leadership.
Paul Bradford serves as an adjunct professor of Economics and Business, and as the Director of Career Development and Calling. He earned a bachelors degree in economics and business from Westmont and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, finance, and strategic communications in industry sectors including commercial real estate finance, technology, and communications. While abroad, Professor Bradford will teach the EB-150 class, supervise the internships, and manage day-to-day operations.