Business, humanities students travel to Asia’s port cities

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Business, humanities students travel to Asia’s port cities

Asia includes some of the world’s busiest ports, and for one month this summer 13 SUNY Maritime College students traveled through China, Singapore and Taiwan to gain an up close and personal understanding of trade, transportation and the logistics of moving things around the globe.

The students, all business and humanities majors, visited some of the continent’s largest ports; were exposed to the local companies and organizations; and interacted with faculty and students from National Taiwan Ocean University.

“Asia is certainly the hotbed of international trade so in the interest of learning about international trade, it was absolutely the place to go,” said trip organizer Professor Alison Romain, senior assistant professor of International Transportation and Trade. “With this trip, students are able to be more conversant and informed about how this global industry works.”

Maritime’s International Transportation and Trade program focuses on logistics, business and port operations. During the trip, students visited three of the five biggest ports in Asia, including China’s Yangshan Deep Water Port, which was built out of an island a few years ago. China exports more than $2 trillion every year and is home to six of the 10 largest container ports in the world.

The group visited companies including Schneider Electric, Adidas, the American Bureau of Shipping and several logistics companies.

Professor Romain was impressed with the level of exposure the students received from the companies they visited. 

“Every company went out of their way to extend hospitality to us. They all had presentations and more than one speaker to answer our questions,” Professor Romain said, adding that she was pleased Adidas facilitated a brainstorming session where students addressed real life problems that needed solutions.  “The students felt like they were being listened to and had a voice”

The SUNY Maritime Faculty-Student Association helped make the trip affordable to the majority of the students. The group provided $25,000 in need-based scholarships to offset the travel costs.

“It’s impossible to overestimate the value of studying abroad and seeing different cultures,” Professor Romain said. “It’s a life-changing experience for every participant.”