Two weeks in Tokyo: experiencing Japanese business and culture with Mitsui and Co. and the New Colombo Plan

Have you ever gone from being metres away from red-hot steel barreling down a production line one day…

…to touring the inside of a world-leading vehicle manufacturer’s factory the next?

Neither had I.

For two weeks, myself and five other QUT students had the chance to gain inside knowledge of the Australia-Japan relationship as participants in the Mitsui Immersion Program: a program facilitated by Japanese multinational Mitsui & Co. under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. The program aims to strengthen people-to-people links by providing Australian students with business and cultural insights into one of our closest regional partners.

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QUT Business School meets the United Nations in Bangkok

The 9th UN University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) took place at the Office of the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1 to 7 August 2018. The theme “Inspiring Confidence, Inspiring Change” drew 1,057 delegates from 87 countries, and I was one of them. In May, I decided to apply for the QUT Business School Sponsorship to attend the event. I am studying a Master of Business majoring in International Business and hold a Bachelor of International Relations. I have long used reports by the United Nations and related institutions for university projects, news writing and market research work, but I wanted to learn more about the day-to-day activities of the UN that aim to stimulate economic development, respect for human rights and preservation of the environment. It is not often that we get to say that our expectations were exceeded, but in my case, the USLS gave me more than I could have asked for.

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What I learned from a month with the world’s best: An internship with Clemenger BBDO

There are very few awards that Clemenger BBDO did not win last year. 2017 marked an incredible year for the agency as it dominated on the world stage. The agency won countless awards for their masterpiece “Meet Graham”, making it the most creatively awarded campaign of 2017 whilst also being awarded the 2017 Cannes Lions Agency of the year. So when I was offered the opportunity to apply for an internship at the agency’s Brisbane office, I knew it was an opportunity I could not miss.

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