Brandeis International Business School

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Snapshots from this year’s Hassenfeld immersion trips to China and Israel

Hassenfeld fellows in Jerusalem taking in a rooftop view of the Old City.

Hassenfeld fellows in Jerusalem taking in a rooftop view of the Old City.

Alyssa Kubiak ’18 traded her cap and gown for an airplane ticket.

On May 13, Kubiak received her bachelor’s degree in economics at Brandeis University’s 67th commencement. Two days later she was in Shenzhen, China, touring cutting-edge hardware accelerator HAX and the world-famous SEG Electronics Market.

Kubiak’s whirlwind journey from the graduation stage to a global electronics manufacturing hub was made possible thanks to the Hassenfeld Fellow Overseas Immersion Program. Each spring, Hassenfeld fellows travel to dynamic overseas markets for a one-of-a-kind mix of business, networking and cultural activities.

In May, 58 students at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) journeyed to China and Israel as part of the program.

For Kubiak, who will return to Brandeis IBS this fall to earn her master’s degree in international economics and finance, the trip provided a unique opportunity to observe the relationships between Chinese businesses and consumers.

“The cultural activities enhanced every aspect of our trip,” said Kubiak. “It really gave me a deeper appreciation of the businesses we visited and their role in society because I was able to place them in a proper social context.”

Below are photo highlights from the 2018 Hassenfeld trips.


The fellows at Tencent headquarters.

At the world headquarters of tech giant Tencent. The company has interests in everything from social media and gaming to wealth management. The Hassenfeld fellows were given a presentation by Brandeis IBS alum Ally (Yan) Deng, MBA’08, who now works as a senior product manager for Tencent’s FinTech branch.

The fellows take a group photo inside the Huawei showroom.

Taking selfies inside Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen. The telecommunications company had all its latest devices on display inside the showroom.

The fellows inside the Blackstone boardroom.

Inside the boardroom at Blackstone’s Hong Kong office. Incoming Brandeis IBS Dean Kathryn Graddy joined the fellows for this leg of the trip, which also included a visit to HSBC and several alumni events.

The fellows eating in a restaurant.

One last meal together in Hong Kong before heading to the airport.


The fellows pose for a group photo at Dell EMC in Beer-Sheva.

Visiting Dell EMC in Beer-Sheva. The data storage company operates several offices throughout Israel.

The fellows sit inside the Caesaria amphitheater.

Inside the ancient amphitheater in Caesaria. Fellows applaud a classmate, who offered an impromptu vocal performance.

Two students jumping along the boardwalk.

Having fun along the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv Port.

Daniel Shapiro ‘91, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel, speaks to fellows and alumni.

The fellows joined Brandeis alumni in Tel Aviv for a lunch event with Daniel Shapiro ’91, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel. Shapiro spoke about the current challenges and opportunities facing diplomacy in the Middle East.

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