The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the heart of the country’s economic, cultural, and historical roots. Settled between Asia and Europe, this unique city is home to a diverse group of residents. As a country, Turkey is a member of various international organizations, such as the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), which has contributed to its rapid economic growth and evolvement. As the commercial center of southeastern Europe, the Middle East and Eurasia, Turkey is becoming an increasingly important economic and diplomatic country in the region. These are some of the many reasons why we’ve selected Istanbul as Lake Forest Graduate School of Management’s next Global Focus trip destination in June 2015.
Our mission at LFGSM is to provide the best business management education possible. Academically, we strive to set our students up with a broad knowledge base in the areas that are critical for today’s evolving business environment which, in turn, can be applied in a variety of professional settings. Often times, through programs like Global Focus and, most recently, a U.S.-based corporate partnership, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world scenarios requiring the application of the leadership, management and analytical skills acquired at LFGSM.
At Lake Forest Graduate School of Management we offer a number of opportunities each year for students of our MBA Program to take part in our Global Focus Program. The Global Focus allows students to travel with faculty to a country that has been identified as an emerging business market, and engage with business leaders who help define the local customs, highlights and challenges of conducting business within the region. Past destinations have included places like China, Thailand and Poland with future destinations including Serbia, Turkey, Malaysia and – our highly anticipated – trip to Bogota, Colombia in February 2015. Our blog titled, “Destination Colombia” explains why we selected this location and the importance of its emerging market.