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Images From Past GTI Trips
In order for today’s students to thrive in the highly competitive global economy, it is critical for them to develop international perspectives and knowledge.
The SJSU Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has established the Global Technology Initiative (GTI) to prepare its engineering students for the 21st century. The GTI study-tour, supported by a $1-million endowment, provides the opportunity for 25 (primarily engineering) students to visit and study the high-technology industry in the Asia Pacific region.
During their two-week trip, students tour industry sites and learn about globalization, politics and culture, and social responsibility. Donors of the Initiative are business leaders in the high technology industry with strong business ties to Silicon Valley and the Asia Pacific region.
In January 2008, students and faculty will travel to three cities in India: Chennai, Bangalore, and Delhi.
Global Economy at Work – Shopping in Delhi & Returning to the U.S.
January 15th, 2010
I awoke today with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I am excited to return home and tell my family and friends about my adventures. On the other hand, I am sad that I will be leaving such a close-knit group of friends. It is amazing how well you can know a group of people when you travel with them. During the last two weeks, I feel like I have made twenty close friends.
January 14th, 2010
We awoke this morning with just one mission: see the Taj Mahal! The bus ride from Delhi to Agra was our longest yet–around five hours! While five hours on a bus might seem like an eternity, it wasn’t without adventure. Our bus was greeted by numerous beggars and performers armed with monkeys, cobras, and miniature chess sets, pounding on the windows of our bus and asking for money in exchange for goods. Morning turned to afternoon and it wasn’t until 3 PM that we arrived in Agra and made our way to the Taj Mahal.
Nvidia & Hyderabad Airport
January 13th, 2010
Our last day in Hyderabad was also the best because we had several unexpected surprises. Although Nvidia was the last company on our schedule, it was one of the few development and design facilities we were lucky enough to visit. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Nvidia, they are a leader in chipset technologies and GPUs (graphics processing units) and were named 2007 Forbes Company of the Year.
Film City – Whistling Woods & PranaStudios, Day 5
January 6th, 2010
Our day began in Mumbia’s “Film City” at the Whistling Woods Film School. Whistling Woods is a recently-founded private film school equipped with some very modern equipment. Craig, our tour guide, was a film school graduate from South Carolina who has been living and working in Mumbai for the past few years. He first visited India on a backpacking trip after college graduation and he always knew that he wanted to come back. According to Craig, Mumbai is a city that never sleeps and a place where anything and everything is available.
Larsen & Toubro and IIT Site Visit, Day 4
January 5th, 2010
The night's sleep varied for many of us and we awoke still jet-lagged after our first night in India. Breakfast was served in our hotel and ranged from fried eggs and pancakes to curries and fruits. Afterwards, we took the bus to our first company: Larsen & Toubro (L&T). We were treated to two presentations during our visit. The first presentation was on the topic of energy conservation initiatives.
Arriving in India - Jan 2-4, 2010.
January 4th, 2010
We arrived at SFO late Friday evening for the first leg of our journey towards India. Our flight to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific left San Francisco at 12:05 AM and lasted more than 14 hours. On the way, we crossed several time zones and it was early Sunday morning by the time we arrived. The layover before our next flight left us a great deal of time to explore. We split into groups that morning and decided on taking a train into downtown Hong Kong.