It was an exciting day at the Garaventa Lift manufacturing facility and offices earlier this month as we welcomed business students from both the University of Applied Sciences of Lucerne, Switzerland and the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, Canada.
The students participated in a factory tour and also had a chance to have a Q+A session with our senior management team. Discussions focused on working within culturally diverse environments both externally and internally, the challenge of marketing products globally, and how to best maintain a functional workforce.
Professor Jillaine Farrar of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business states she was “particularly impressed by the efficiency and the design of the new Garaventa Lift factory”. The Garaventa Lift organization has supported this program for over six years and looks forward to welcoming students for many years to come.
In addition to the Garaventa Lift facility and office visit, the one-week program featured many interactive seminars and site visits throughout Vancouver. Discussions on cutting-edge leadership and intercultural topics were presented by leading experts, academics and business executives. The focus areas of the program included negotiating across cultures, leadership strategies for a global manager, Vancouver as the Asian-Pacific Gateway, and Canada’s First Nations’ business traditions and culture. The goal is to give students a fantastic opportunity to discover what connects Switzerland, Canada and the rest of the world.