Friday, May 25: Today is our last official day of lectures on our Study Abroad program, and we wrap it up by making a number of visits to industrial sites. We listen to a lecture on Doing Business in Mexico by Charles Goff. We listen to another lecture on Developing a Strategic and Tactical Business entry into Mexico by Gabriel Haddad, former Secretary for Economic Development of Morelos.
We have lunch at a beautiful old hotel and we wander the lovely grounds after.
In the afternoon, we visit Emiliano Zapata Industrial Park (JMB). The Desarrollo Industrial Emiliano Zapata is the newest industrial park, located just outside Cuernavaca in Emiliano Zapata municipality. It spreads over 23.5 hectares. One of its principal occupants is the Nu Start clothing manufacturer. Another is the Emiliano Zapata Central de Abastos wholesale food market (Wikipedia: Morelos).
We also visit the Nissan plant. The Cuernavaca plant, 50 miles south of Mexico City, began operations in 1966 and became the first wholly owned Nissan Motor Company Ltd. overseas manufacturing facility. Today, the Cuernavaca plant produces the Nissan Tsuru and the D21 chassis/light duty truck for the Mexican market, both of which are leaders in their respective segments. The Cuernavaca plant has produced more than 1.4 million units in its 40-year history (Reliable Plant: Nissan’s Cuernavaca plant to manufacture Versa cars).
The group meets for a Final wrap-up, Discussion of Readings, and Research Topics, led by Professor Robert Rogowsky at the hotel.
At 7:30, we have our closing dinner at the Hacienda de Cortez.
After dinner, we go to a nightclub in Cuernavaca where we dance and party until the wee morning hours. What a great night, in too many ways to count. 🙂