Traveling to South America from Finland never seems to be easy and straight forward. I once had to go Jyväskylä-Helsinki-Amsterdam-Bonaire-Quito-Guayaquil, a series of plane rides that dragged on for thirty-eight hours. But this time the trip to Buenos Aires was a bit shorter than that, and every bit as rewarding. Argentina is a magical place of contradictions and complementary sensations. If anything, Buenos Aires is a mashup of many ethnic and cultural influences, a place where immigration in the distant past from around the world set the stage for a cosmopolitan menu of modern dance, food, and, of course, wine. I found a similar place in Lima, Peru, but Buenos Aires is certainly the most “European” place I have been to in South America.
But lest you think this was a pleasure trip ; ) the purpose of my visit was to deliver an intensive course in intercultural communication at the University of Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), specifically to their new Global Business Management degree students. Perhaps continuing the mashup concept, this new degree is modeled after JAMK’s own GBM program, but one that features a local flair and imagination. So like all things Argentine, it faintly resembles on one hand a European product, but is first and foremost a distinctively local, regional and national product.