GLOBE – Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education
A pioneering international undergraduate business education - and much more!
GLOBE brings together talented students from Asia, North America and Europe exposing them to unique international business challenges and opportunities. Apart from high academic standards, the students develop their global mindset, learn how to cope with different cultures and create life-long friendships.
The talent- and exchange programme is collaboration between Copenhagen Business School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, offering a unique, global business curriculum to prepare undergraduate students for a future career as global managers.
Each partner university selects 18 promising students forming the diverse and ambitious GLOBE team of 54 students from three different continents. The students spend three semesters traveling and studying together at all three universities, thus acting both as hosts and visitors. The programme begins in the second year of the International Business programme in Copenhagen (the fall semester), moving on to Hong Kong in the spring semester and on to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the next fall semester. Afterward, students return to their own universities.
The students gain unique cultural insights and academic experience by studying and living in three different continents, where each school offers classes that reflect upon relevant business aspects in its continent:
- CBS Financial institutions and corporate integration with the EU
- CUHK Asian business, finance and Chinese marketing
- UNC Entrepreneurial ventures and dynamic startup environment
The undergraduate international business opportunity of a lifetime
Oliver Folkmann, GLOBE Student 2013, Copenhagen Business School '14
"Traveling the world with the GLOBE cohort was a truly unique experience that completely changed the trajectory of my life and career. The programme allowed us to interact with ambitious students, professors and business professionals from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, which, in turn, led to strong friendships and networks that span all the way from Asia to South America. From the beginning, we were virtually put right in the centre of globalization and were left with an eager to be a part of changing its ramifications for business conduct."
Maibritt Hansen, GLOBE Student 2009, Copenhagen Business School '10
“GLOBE begins at the end of your comfort zone. With the acceptance to the GLOBE programme, you are given a passport to a secret world you never want to leave. Simply put – once you go GLOBE, you never go back. I entered the world in the summer of 2008 together with a cohort of 45 extraordinary and eager GLOBE students expecting to go on a 1.5 year journey. GLOBE is no such thing. GLOBE is a life long journey of stretching yourself to the limit. You will become flexible in ways you never imagined from stretching your comfort zone in and outside the class room. Inside the class room and on study trips you will be challenged in experiencing new teaching styles while developing deep insights into the workings of some of the world’s most influential markets, US and China. Outside the class room you will develop a network which will not only give you a flavor for the best karaoke in Hong Kong, the greasiest BBQ in Chapel Hill, but also a friend in need when cramming for exams and a friend to visit once the program is over. Officially, my GLOBE journey ended 4 years ago. Unofficially I still hold the passport by staying in contact with my fellow GLOBErs through travels to New York, Dallas, Brussels…”
James Boyd, GLOBE Student 2007, UNC Chapel Hill ‘08
"Exposing all participants to intercultural challenges and international learning experiences, the GLOBE programme constitutes an incredible adventure. From the 42nd floor Jazz-Club at Park Hyatt in Tokyo, to shag-dancing and barbecuing at the Bobbits in Raleigh. From talking about networking to having a personal network spanning three continents and dozens of countries. From long drinks to short calls. GLOBE was an extraordinary learning experience for everyone involved."
A week to remember - GLOBE introduction week
UNITED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT CBS
In Copenhagen around mid August the GLOBE class is officially brought together for the first time. Expectations are high and the atmosphere is filled with curiosity. The introduction week features several exciting events, such as consulting workshops, corporate speakers, team-building exercises and a citywide scavenger hunt around Copenhagen.
The biggest event, however, is the GLOBE Case Competition where nine teams are formed with two students from each university. The case competition is facilitated by our management consulting partner, previously McKinsey & Company and Maersk Management Consulting, who equip the students with the tools necessary to take on the case challenge. Each team has 48 hours to solve a case from a large company (which is unknown until the start of the competition) and all team members have to work together under a strict deadline, new faces and distinct cultural differences. Each team end off by presenting their case solution to the management board of the case company and the winner is announced at the GLOBE inagural galla dinner later that night. Here the students are able to meet and interact with faculty, the Dean of CBS, representatives from the case company and the partner companies. At the end of the week the GLOBE students are finally able to relax and celebrate the beginning of their long and exciting journey together.
Jocelyn Ng, GLOBE Student 2013, Chinese University of Hong Kong '14
“The introduction week was great and stressful – we had to work under pressure while getting to know each other. It was really interesting to notice even small cultural differences such as the way we dealt with presentation attire and layout in our Power Point presentations.”
GLOBE students are globetrotting across the world
The GLOBE programme offers two study trips at each continent to create the best international and real-life learning experiences for the team. The destinations vary every year but the purpose remains: to expose the students to governmental, corporate and cultural aspects of each continent while tying the group closer together across the universities.
While at CBS, the GLOBE teams have visited places like Berlin, London, Strasbourg and Brussels to show them what they read about in class. Ashley Colette Groves, a GLOBE II student from UNC, shared her thoughts on the study trip to Brussels and Strasbourg: “The study trips really showed us, how individual companies were dealing with integration policies. Visiting companies let us see, what we read in the book in real life. I really liked Brussels, because it was a truly international city and the heart of most European legislation.”
During the semester at CUHK, GLOBE teams have traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Tokyo, Indonesia and Singapore, where the students are exposed to Asian culture and -business conduct. From corporate visits at large banks to cultural sights at local temples to having cocktails on the 80th floor of a rooftop bar – the GLOBE team truly inhales the business life of Asia.
At UNC the GLOBE teams have explored Washington DC, New York City, Charlotte and the Raleigh Underground. There is an emphasis on the entrepreneurial spirit and liberal mentality of the American business life. The students get to interact with influential business managers as well as entrepreneurial undergrads when taking in the American experience.
Dan Lin Chen, GLOBE Student 2013, Copenhagen Business School '14
“GLOBE has been the best experience of my life and every single study trip has contributed to this. I became so much closer with everyone and I got unique insights into the various aspects of international business.”