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About 40 MBA students from Stern are attending the two-week Doing Business in New Zealand programme developed and offered by the Otago Business School at its Auckland campus.
The programme was part of the MBA course offered by Stern to strengthen students’ business skills and to understand new markets, Otago Business School Dean Prof Robin Gauld said.
The students were excited about New Zealand and the opportunities the country offered. He hoped it might lead to some moving to New Zealand to work or start a business.
Regulations and business models in New Zealand differed to the United States and, by offering the course, students wanting to start a career in New Zealand could easily do that, Prof Gauld said.
There was special focus on sectors such as healthcare, the wine industry, financial markets, entrepreneurship and technology.
NYU offered similar courses with five other countries — Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. Otago was the only New Zealand university it had partnered with.
The university started offering the programme in 2020 when about 32 students had travelled to New Zealand. It could not be held for the past two years because of Covid-19 restrictions.