Global Business Practicum - Information for Industry

Global business thinking at your service

Overview

We believe that a business degree is more than what happens in the classroom. Our practicums give employers access to our emerging talent equipped with the latest theories and methods.

The Global Business Practicum (GBP) is a two-week work project undertaken by our high-achieving early career and specialist Masters students at an overseas organisation. Our student teams are committed to putting their university learning into  practice using real-world business issues. The aim is a ‘win-win’ situation – a genuine contribution to the organisation and a fulfilling experience for the students.

Since 2008 the program has seen hundreds of students successfully complete projects in organisations across Asia, including  Hong Kong , London,  Shanghai and Singapore.

Previous partners have included PWC, Melco Crown, Nomura, Telstra Global, NAB, GSK, KPMG, QBE, Ambank, Bayer, Rio Tinto, Spaceframe, Maxis,  Grant Thornton, AIA, EY, Toll Global, Adecco, Bloomberg and Macquarie.

Read here about one of our student teams experience in Kuala Lumpur-based start-up, PurelyB,

Benefits

  • No cost, quality analysis, investigation and advice to address a specific idea or problem
  • Application of the latest theories and research methods to your current business challenges
  • Access to a team of high-achieving masters students who have well-developed problem solving, teamwork, IT and communication skills, with most speaking more than one language
  • Access to emerging talent currently studying Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management or Marketing
"The project exceeded my expectations in terms of the information we can take from it to be better moving forward - it has been really tangible feedback in many ways and will be  incorporated into our Top 80 managers meeting.”

- Bluescope Steel, Kuala Lumpur

Choosing the right project

We encourage organisations to create a project unique to the challenges they face. Some examples of previous successful projects are:

  • ‘Tomorrow’s Leading Bank’ – What will the banking industry look like in 2020?
    Alternative workforce models for the future
  • Strategies for becoming an employer of choice
  • How to develop an innovation culture in the workplace
  • Creating a financial model for headcount, productivity and long-term competitiveness
    A feasibility study of retirement housing targeting global high net wealth individuals in Singapore

How it works

  • We work with organisations to define a project of genuine value
  • We recruit the students through a rigorous application and interview process
  • Prior to arrival at your organisation, students receive intensive training in undertaking consulting–style projects
  • Each team is given two weeks (ten consecutive business days) to undertake the project, develop interim findings and present their recommendations to senior management from the host company. A detailed report is provided to the host company shortly after
  • Our practicum students start generating work immediately and similar to consultants are relatively autonomous in their roles
  • Student teams are supported by an Academic Group Leader and Faculty of Business and Economics professional staff

Timeline

Initial Contact & Discussions

- September - October for a January Practicum or

- February - March for a July Practicum

Confirmation of project scope and stakeholders

- November for a January Practicum or

- April for a July Practicum

Student team in-company for 2 weeks

- Final report presented in February or August