January 12, 2017Brown University

IE Brown Class of 2017 Heads to South Africa

At IE Brown, we use experiential learning to challenge professionals to apply the curriculum’s multidisciplinary frameworks in real world contexts. To up the ante, we charge them to deploy these analytical and communications tools in a completely foreign environment, namely a township in South Africa.

During this week long session, students are charged with deploying lessons learned to navigate a very different market terrain and develop market-based solutions related to fashion manufacturing, affordable energy, and services for the unbanked. The week closes with briefings by student teams attended by many key players met during the visit.

As this year’s cohort heads to South Africa for their immersion experience, we invite you to follow their stories real-time @brown_SPS and #iebrown on Twitter.

Tomohiro Takahashi, class of 2016 and general manager of the warehouse and distribution division at MOL Logistics Ltd., recently shared his thoughts about his IE Brown immersion experience with Nikkei Asian Review:

The entrepreneurship session in South Africa was a memorable week. The project I was in charge of was to solve the housing supply issue for the below base-line population as an entrepreneur. Our team member interviewed South African government agencies, politicians, NGOs, NPOs, banks, construction companies, local communities, activists and residents who lived in shacks to identify the essential problems.

The surroundings were complexly intertwined with a multitude of broadly spanning elements. Despite having prepared thoroughly for our mission prior to visits, the demanding environment relentlessly forced our team to leap above and beyond in terms of ideas, thoughts and approaches.


To learn more about the South Africa immersion experience, register here for our next info session on January 24th, 2017. You can also learn more about the program here.


Below are a couple posts from last year’s trip.



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