Business Study Mission to China In 2017, the SGI offered a new Asia Term course, the Business Study Mission to China. This course, taught by Dr. Mato Njavro, enabled students not only to learn about China during the lectures that took place over the course of the semester but also provided them with a unique opportunity to visit this fascinating country and get a first-hand perspective of China’s economy and business environment. Prior to the trip, Asia Term and SMU students learned about China’s history, political and economic system as well as its business environment. In‑class teaching by Dr. Njavro was supplemented by experienced and knowledgeable guest speakers such as Singaporean ambassadors, successful consultants, and entrepreneurs with extensive experience in China. The highlight of the course was a one-week trip to Shanghai and Hangzhou that took place in December 2017. During the trip, students were treated to an eye-opening array of companies and inspiring speakers which showed them not only the immense opportunities present in a market with 1.3 billion consumers, but also the challenges of doing business in a culturally complex environment. The students explored some interesting sights of both cities, from the traditional Shanghai Bund to the newly-opened Shanghai Tower, from the recently opened Shanghai Disney Resort to the impressive Alibaba Campus in Hangzhou. Students also met with top management from across a variety of local and multinational companies, and interacted with local and foreign entrepreneurs who overcame the odds to run successful businesses in China and now set their sights on global markets. It was truly an unforgettable week for all students concerned, who came away with broadened perspectives of what the "rise of China" in the 21st century really means - for themselves, and for the world.