Chris Chang, Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) '13
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"We needed to be open to everything, every experience. We had to try to reduce the barriers we put up for ourselves and the ones that were there culturally. That was really tested throughout the program.”
Chris Chang, MGEM ‘13, chose to attend USF to travel and study what he was passionate about: global business.
Originally from Honolulu, Master of Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) alumnus Chris Chang, ‘13, found himself at the University of San Francisco (USF), to pursue an undergraduate degree in business management, but he wanted to do more.
Chang wanted to take his education to the next level and learn about the cross-cultural aspects of business and learn global entrepreneurship. He found the perfect fit with the MGEM program. “I already knew that USF provides you with all the resources you need to succeed,” he said, “but this program allowed me to travel while studying what I was passionate about.”
While in the program Chang and his cohort traveled to a new continent each semester, including IQS (Institut Químic de Sarrià) located in Barcelona, Spain; Fu-Jen University, located in Taipei, Taiwan; and the School of Management within the University of San Francisco.
A goal of the program is to give students a deep understanding of how one conducts business on a global scale. Now a manager for Up Global, Chang said that his time abroad during the program helped give him a cultural competency for doing business.
“One of the main things I learned during the MGEM degree was the importance of having a global network,” he said. “Now I work in a global company that gives entrepreneurs the skill sets to achieve their goals. I don’t think I would have been nearly as effective without my time abroad."
Chang said the people he met and the network he created while in the program spans across multiple continents.
“We needed to be open to everything, every experience,” he said. “We had to try to reduce the barriers we put up for ourselves and the ones that were there culturally. That was really tested throughout the program.”
Studying business in different cultures allowed Chang to grow as a business professional.It was a great opportunity to experience what it was like to live in different economic scales and what it means to do business there,” he said. “When we were in Barcelona, they were on the verge of repression and Taiwan is on the cusp of technological innovation, like San Francisco, so we got to see a wide range of environments.