Anxiously awaiting my flight to Tunisia (which leaves at 3:45 am!), where I will meet 27 of my CBS classmates for the week-long culmination of the class “Global Immersion: Doing Business in North Africa”. We will spend 7 days in Tunis, which is the capital and the largest city in Tunisia.
When I was selecting my classes for the Fall 2013 semester, the course description for GIP Tunisia immediately caught my attention. Africa is home to many of the fastest growing, emerging markets in our world, a fact which most certainly merits the attention of business school students. Tunisia is a fascinating case, in particular, because it boasts a unique blend of global, economic influences, and is poised to recapture political stability/economic growth, which will boost competitiveness and encourage foreign investment. I jumped at the opportunity to study this country, up close, and to witness the social and economic changes that are currently taking place. It is an exciting time for Tunisia, and I feel that we have a lot to learn from this trip!
My classmates and I spent the fall semester learning about the Tunisian culture, economy, and political situation, with particular emphasis on the changes brought about by the popular uprising in 2011. Professor Jedidi arranged for a fascinating mix of guest speakers, who provided color – and context – to our readings and case studies. Working in teams, we chose Tunisian companies that we wanted to know more about, and we will spend our week in Tunis researching these companies and completing our final projects.
Our itinerary includes meetings with top Tunisian economic, business and political leaders, as well as visits to a wide range of Tunisian companies and NGOs. Just to name a few: African Development Bank, enda inter-arabe, Carrefour and Tunisiana. The itinerary also allows plenty of time to experience the vibe and culture of this historic city, which will provide important context for our research and discussions!
I am looking forward to an exciting week that will broaden my understanding of the Tunisian culture and economy, and I cannot wait to share this experience with CBS friends and colleagues. See you soon, Tunis!