The Global Perspective —
Where we go and why it matters
This is a world of increasing global, multinational business and emerging economies. Genesis Park doesn't exist in isolation from that world – it reflects and engages with this global reality. And we encourage you to experience very different cultures from your own. Genesis Park takes place in different cities, in different countries and gives you the opportunity to engage with the reality of local economies. In 2012, we will be hosting the 10-week residential portion of the course in Shanghai, Cape Town and Toronto.
Why is a global perspective essential?
To be a future global leader you'll need to have global perspective. Much of this perspective will come from your interactions with the diverse members of your teams. However, a global perspective also means being open: open to different ideas, issues and solutions. And open to learn from those differences – whether those lessons come from colleagues, clients or your environment. At Genesis Park, we give you the opportunity to experience the culture you want. Although the programme is intense, you'll have some time to explore the city, learn about its cultural heritage and meet with diverse people from the local community – businesspeople, community leaders and other PwC staff. We believe that having a global perspective means living it. You can never truly gain an understanding of the world around you through lectures and anecdotes. You need to live the differences to see things differently.
Where & when did it take place in 2011?
27 April – 8 July: Singapore
1 June – 12 August: Boston, USA
27 July – 7 October: Warsaw, Poland
Where & when will it take place in 2012?
24 April – 6 July: Shanghai, China
12 June – 24 August: Cape Town, South Africa
31 July - 12 October: Toronto, Canada
Why Shanghai, China?
Once a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai is now the commercial and financial centre of mainland China. Shanghai's rapid growth over the last two decades has given it renewed status as a "global city," with significant influence over the country's finance, commerce, fashion, technology, and culture industries. Now aiming to be a global finance hub in the near future, spending time in Shanghai will allow you to connect with its cosmopolitan flair, highly educated and skilled workforce, and rich, East Asian culture.
Why Cape Town, South Africa?
Considered to be one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Cape Town provides the perfect backdrop for Genesis Park's cultural diversity curriculum. Cape Town is also the third largest economic hub city in the whole of Africa and is the seat of South Africa's National Parliament, which means a wealth of opportunity for you to learn from influential business and community leaders. Emerging from the ashes of a tumultuous past, Cape Town, since 1994, has seen a surge in its economy to unprecedented levels, testament to the positive spirit, outlook, and determination of those who call it home.
Why Toronto, Canada?
In May 2011, PwC ranked Toronto 2nd in its annual report of the top 26 "Cities of Opportunity" around the world. Considered by the firm to be a "metro powerhouse," Toronto is the economic capital of Canada and is deemed by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group as playing an integral role in the global economic system. With a massive performing arts scene and representation in seven major league sports, taking the Genesis Park journey in Toronto will leave you with a very well-rounded experience both in and outside of the classroom.