Rice MBA Students Global Learning Elective

Eighteen Rice University MBA students visited Nepal in late December 2019 for a 10 days visit as part of their Global Learning Elective (GLE). The objective of the Rice-GLE is to introduce students to Nepal in general and to the positive social entrepreneurial spirit of its people in particular.

Nepal is an idyllic country steeped in long history with highly evolved socio-cultural and religious traditions, and terrain extending from the plains to the highest mountains in the world. Nepal is beset with numerous development challenges; recently aggravated by the Gorkha earthquake of April 2015.

Rice-GLE offered students a chance to expose themselves to the dynamic economy, history, culture/society and religion, with a special focus on the challenges and opportunities created by the 2015 earthquake. Students visited some of the most picturesque parts of Nepal during their study visit, while deepening their understanding of this mountain country, its people, and its challenges. They interacted with the top game changers, disruptors/influencers, social entrepreneurs, government officials and funding partners to better understand their aspirations, initiatives, and impact.