June 26, 2023, by aczjb1

From Nottingham to New York City: MBA students visit the Big Apple

Last month, a group of Nottingham University Business School’s Malaysian, Singapore, UK full-time, and EMBA students had the opportunity to participate in a week-long trip to New York. The trip provided them with a unique opportunity to explore iconic landmarks, engage with influential organisations across a wide range of industries, and connect with accomplished University of Nottingham alumni who have made their mark in the Big Apple.

The trip kicked off with a visit to the prestigious United Nations headquarters, where the students had the privilege of gaining insights into the world of international diplomacy. On a guided tour of the headquarters, the students learned about the UN’s mission, its various agencies, and its crucial role in addressing global challenges. After the Tour, the group took part in a seminar, where they learned about the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007. As a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, PRME equips today’s business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow.

MBA students at United Nations headquarters

New York City is known for its vibrant startup culture, and the students were welcomed the headquarters of Etsy, the global online marketplace for unique and handmade products. Gaining insights into the challenges and triumphs of building a business in the digital age, the group witnessed first-hand how innovation and community-building have shaped the success of Etsy.

The group were able to visit a number of influential organisations whilst in the city, with visits to the headquarters of global names such as Amazon, L’Oreal, the National Football Leage (NFL), as well as financial giants Morgan Stanley and Ernst & Young.

“I was delighted to have been part of the MBA international study tour organised by the University of Nottingham to the United States,” said MBA student Anqi Xu. “We visited the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as Amazon, Etsy, L’Oreal, Morgan Stanley, and other top corporations. It was an intensive and informative business learning from multiple perspectives.”


One of the most impactful aspects of the trip was the opportunity to meet with University of Nottingham alumni who have built successful careers in New York City. From finance to healthcare, marketing to social media, these accomplished individuals shared their journeys, insights, and advice with the students.

Myles Corson (Economics, 1994) shared insights from nearly 15 years of experience at the heart of the financial services industry at Ernst & Young, while Felix Lee (Pharmacy, 2001) spoke about the emerging Digital Health sector in the US and his role as US Digital Healthcare Medical Head at Sanofi. James Rowe (Geography, 2009) talked about his experience of moving from London to New York to set an advertising agency from the ground up and building a portfolio of iconic brands with his agency, Adam & Eve DDB, while Emma Patel (Psychology and Sociology, 2003), Senior Account Director at LinkedIn gave a talk on social media business and building your brand.

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to share with a visiting MBA group from my alma mata on digital health, the healthcare industry and career transition,” said Felix Lee. “I was energised by the group’s enthusiasm despite a late afternoon session!”

MBA Students with UoN Alumni James Rowe of Adam & Eve DBB

As well as these insightful talks, the University of Nottingham Alumni team hosted a networking event, with 40 UoN alumni in attendance – some even travelling as far as Toronto and Texas to join the gathering. Celebrating with drinks and tacos, this informal gathering provided a platform for meaningful conversations and connections for University of Nottingham students past and present, emphasising the strength of the Nottingham alumni network and showcasing the possibilities that await our graduates worldwide.

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