A group of 20 business students travelled to Vienna on a seven-day study tour organized by the Undergraduate Office from December 18-24, 2018. The tour aimed at enhancing students’ knowledge of the Central European economy and business environment in the global setting, as well as the opportunities brought on by China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative.
Led by Mr. Simon Lee, the co-director of the International Business and Chinese Enterprise program, the students visited various organizations, including Wien Energie World Spittelau, Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Park Hyatt Vienna, Domane Wachau and the Chinese Embassy in Austria, in order to gain exposure to the cultural and commercial environment of Vienna.
Upon arrival at Wien Energie World Spittelau, students were given a short lecture on how the company embarked on the path to supply Vienna with renewable sources of energy through thermal waste treatment. Students then went on a guided tour around the thermal recycling plant and witnessed how the company’s state-of-the-art technology could transform waste into valuable energy.
Students later visited Park Hyatt Vienna, a stylish hotel that embraces the rich history of Austria. The hotel’s Managing Director offered students a warm welcome, and shared with them insights of the industry’s development in Austria, as well as his personal career experience in the hospitality industry. Students also learned about how the hotel, which formerly housed the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy Bank, was redesigned and renovated while maintaining its original architecture.
The students also visited the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where they attended a lecture delivered by Dr. Stephen Klinger on the business culture and practices in Austria. Braving the freezing and icy weather in Vienna, the students also participated in a number of cultural activities, such as visiting the Castle Fuschl, St. Gilgen, Wolfgangsee, Hallstatt, and Five Fingers Viewpoint, through which they deepened their understanding of Austria’s history and development.Read More