News story 26th Nov 2014

Business students set sights on Chile

A summer study abroad program will see over 40 Monash Business School postgraduate students head to Santiago, Chile for a two-week intensive at the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP), one of the country's leading universities and a Monash partner university.

The program, "Power, Politics and Society in Latin America", takes place in January and will expose students to the rich cultural and political landscape of the region, illustrating how its rise offers important commercial partnership opportunities and implications for Australia and the broader Asia Pacific economic community.

Santiago, Chile

Program coordinator Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill said Latin America was a region in transition which over the past two decades had embraced democracy, emerged as an economic powerhouse and become increasingly influential in global affairs.

"This study program will offer students the opportunity to gain invaluable global knowledge and experience," Associate Professor O'Neill said.

The program, to be delivered in English, enables students to complete 12 credit points of study with the unit, focusing on the Chilean experience of public policy and modernisation, including the impact of privatisation, public private partnerships, education sector reforms, transformation of public healthcare and changes to the welfare system.

Along with guest lecturers providing political, social and economic perspectives, students will further their learning with visits to the Chilean Congress, industry, non-government organisations and professional associations.

Cultural excursions will include the Museum of Memory and Human Rights and a day trip to the world heritage city of Valparaiso.

The program was developed by the Department of Management in collaboration with the Office of Global Engagement and is available to students from the Monash Business School and the faculties of arts and education.

This article has appeared in Monash News.