Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Rich Countries Give More Profit in Study Abroad

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Rich Countries Give More Profit in Study Abroad

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Business and management students who go abroad for internships benefit less if they visit low-income countries than other parts of the world, a study suggests.

Research by Erik van 't Klooster of Erasmus University's Rotterdam School of Management found that development of interpersonal skills, cross-cultural understanding and management competencies advanced less in poorer nations and in those with socialist backgrounds.

Dr van 't Klooster attributes this to the difficulty that students face in acclimatising to the host culture and locals. As these societies are often more hierarchical, interns tend not to develop close relationships with colleagues.

Students faced particular difficulties in countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the report says.

Dr van 't Klooster's study, Travel to Learn: The Influence of Cultural Distance on Competence Development in Educational Travel, is based on a survey of more than 1,000 mainly business and management students undertaking internships via AIESEC (formerly the Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales). …

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