Hot Cities of the World Tour
What it's all about: "A once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Mongolia and South Korea (in 2014). Amidst sightseeing to 1,200 year old temples, going on horseback excursions, and visiting a towering statue of Genghis Khan, students met with business executives from a variety of industries such as banking, technology, and food and beverage as well as with public and non-profit leaders."
Where: McGill University (but around the world)
2015 Hot Cities of the World Tour Information Session
This year's Hot Cities of the World Tour will be going to Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Bali.
Thursday, September 24th, 2014
What do monster monsoons and costume design have in common? No, it’s not the eye of the storm and the eye of the needle (but good guess).
A McGill management professor is leading students on a business field trip that will give them global experience.
Called the ‘Hot Cities’ tour, professor Karl Moore is taking students to emerging and developing countries to more about other economies.
... “I've never been to Asia and I've always wanted to explore Asia,” said student Joseph Polossifakis. “I know it’s an up-and-coming region.”
Ten months ago, I volunteered to help organize Desautels’ fifth annual Hot Cities of the World trip. I enjoy the challenge of detailed logistics; in my pre-MBA life, I booked national concert tours and publicity campaigns. As it turns out, booking a Canadian tour and booking a Russian trip for 44 people are very different beasts.
Karl Moore blames his generation for a lot of things - including bad architecture.
"Our library at McGill, it's ugly," he told The Moscow News on a recent visit to the city. "Today, we have gorgeous new buildings, gorgeous old buildings, but there's a time where you go, ‘This is as bad as Stalinist or Maoist brutal stuff.' It was useful, but it was ugly."
It might seem crazy to visit Russia in the middle of winter, yet the goal of the recent McGill University Hot Cities Tour was to see the "real" Russia, even if it meant getting lost in Moscow at minus-2 degrees Fahrenheit.
This was my second experience on the tour, and when the time came to choose the next destination, Russia was at the top of our list. As a member of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa/Singapore) emerging nations, it is seen as a place of great opportunity, we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Russia has been widely promoted as one of the BRICS nations, full of energy and dynamism like many leading emerging economies. Indeed, with its low unemployment figures, growing GDP, and recent WTO membership, it could be heralded as a poster child of the shifting concentration of wealth from the west to the east. Yet after spending 11 days in Moscow and St. Petersburg in February and March, we came away with mixed feelings.
-Article by Karl Moore and Tarek Dabbous
McGill professor Karl Moore recently travelled to Russia with his students to help develop their business knowledge as a part of their class.
Watch full interview: Global News, March 26, 201
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg with Professor Karl Moore and 42 other McGill students as part of the Hot Cities of the World Tour. Each year, the tour aims to bring McGill students to various cities which will likely rise to prominence and become global centers of economic activity in the coming years. While representing McGill University, students travelling with the Hot Cities tour have visited Tel Aviv, Dubai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Johannesburg and many other cities. The tour has two primary purposes.