In London, U.Va. President Highlights New Strides in Global Programming

In a  UVAToday article released on 29 March, 2014, the new global programming at the University of Virginia is highlighted.  President Sullivan recently  travelled to London to welcome newly admitted students and to promote U.Va’s new global internship program and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.  It  is wonderful to see that U.Va is committed to creating opportunities and experiences that will help instill a global mindset into students and help students develop  the necessary skills to be successful in the global economy.  Read the full article here.

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How MBA Students Are Getting ‘Out There’ with Global Experiential Learning

Erika Herz is the Associate Director of Sustainability Programs for the Darden School of Business and Managing Director of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS).  She recently wrote an article for Triple Pundit on how Darden MBA students are making an impact on the world around them while still in the midst of their MBA program.  She highlights four of Darden’s Global Field Experiences (GFEs) that our students have worked on recently.  By participating in these hands-on  international projects,  students are gaining crucial skills to be “sustainable-savvy leaders”. To learn more about the impact our students are making, read the full article here.

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Darden Student’s Experience at the IPADE Global Case Competition in Mexico City

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Darden was invited to participate in IPADE Business School’s 4th Global Case Competition which was held this past February 2014.  Darden and IPADE have enjoyed a 20+ year partnership and this event is one of the ways Darden and IPADE strengthens their relationship.  The event was held at IPADE’s beautiful and historical campus in Mexico City. Rohan Poojara and Jefferson Bates were the two lucky Second Year students from Darden who were selected to attend this multi-school event.   Participating students received the case one-week in advance and when they arrived to Mexico, they were split into different teams with students from different schools, nationalities and backgrounds to analyze, discuss and come to a solution of a real business case. This event gives students the opportunity to apply their newly minted MBA skills to work and lead across cultures to solve real business problems.  Rohan, pictured above,  recounts his experience at the IPADE Global Case Competition on his blog.

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Darden Community Celebrates Lunar New Year 2014

2014′s celebration of the Lunar New Year, which begins on 31 January and ends on 14 February, ushers in the Year of the Horse. And the Darden community celebrated with traditional performances and cuisine in Darden’s PepsiCo Forum on 23 January 2014. The event was sponsored by the Asian Business Club at Darden (ABCD).

Watch a great recap of the Lunar New Year event on the Darden MBA YouTube Channel.

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Darden’s Inaugural Global Conference to be held 31 January, 2014

Darden’s seven regional affinity student clubs have combined forces this year to host the inaugural Darden Global Conference.  It will be a full day of engaging discussions on the current and future challenges and opportunities with slow growth economies.  Featured speakers include: Fernando Merce: President, Nestle Purina Latin America and Caribbean; William J. Antholis: Managing Director, Brookings Institution; Thomas Gibson: President of the Institute of SME Finance at the World Bank; and Frank E. Warnock: the James C. Wheat, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Darden.

The theme of the conference is:

As a result of the U. S. Financial Crisis, the Euro Crisis and the slowed growth in developing countries around the world, we have entered a period in which most major economies will have to bear slow growth.

As young rising leaders with a globalized mindset, we will face different challenges in the coming years but also are presented with diverse opportunities in the global arena. How should we approach these challenges and seize the opportunities? This conference will bring together perspectives from global business leaders, economists, and faculty, as well as students, to create a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on this important and timely topic.

Please visit the Darden Global Conference website for more information on speakers and agenda. We hope to see you there!

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We are pleased to present Darden’s new interactive brochure that highlights Darden’s range of global activities!


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U.Va. Darden School Students Embark on Global Field Experiences

So far this academic year,  Darden has launched seven Global Field Experiences (GFEs) in all corners of the globe, ranging for Tunisia, Sweden and Indonesia.   There has been a high demand for these types of international experiential projects from our Second Year students, as it gives students the opportunity to assist international clients in solving real-time business issues they are currently facing in their specific country and culture.  Second Year student,  Leslie Viano, who participated in the Tunisia GFE, stated:

“What most resonated with me was how much I learned about a country through a one quarter-long project. Building a financial model and presenting a new venture to potential clients are skills we learn in class. Yet, these skills are only useful if you know the cultural context, and I quickly realized I did not. It’s up to us to ask the right questions, do the research, and most importantly, adapt quickly to the circumstances to provide the most effective recommendations.”

Read more about the current GFE projects here.

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Shanghai Investing Summit


Darden is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Shanghai Investing Summit (SIS) to be held in Shanghai, China on 9 May 2014. This conference will bring together top practitioners and thought leaders in the global investing arena to share ideas and discuss new ways to approach business challenges in emerging markets.  China is a dynamic and growing economy and will serve as a great setting to discuss what and where the next  breakthrough opportunities in emerging markets will be.   The Darden Center of Global Initiatives and the Center for Asset Management are proud to sponsor this event.  Please listen to a recent Darden Business pod cast that features Marc Johnson, Executive Director of the Darden Center for Global Initiatives, on what to expect and learn from attending the SIS.

For more information, visit the Shanghai Investing Summit website to learn about the featured speakers and the schedule of events.

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Brazilian Cohort Studies the Power of Networks at Darden

This past October, 21 students (photo below) from Brazil’s Institute of Education and Research (Insper) came to Darden on an International Partner Program to engage with Darden faculty, staff and students. This program is sponsored by the Darden Center for Global Initiatives. The Insper students learned more about networking and the power of relationship building not only between people, but discussed innovative networking approaches between companies as well. They discovered that business needs and challenges are not so different between the U.S. and Brazil. At the end of the program, students said  that they gained more business confidence to conduct business on a global scale. Outside of the classroom, they met up with the Darden Soccer Club for a  few friendly futbol matches. 

Listen to the students’ experience first-hand in this Darden BusinessCast.

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Darden’s Global Academic Reach in 2013-2014

Check out where Darden’s global academic programs have been and where we are planning to go in this year!  We’ve highlighted the global reach of our Global Partner Schools, Global Field Experiences, Global Business Experiences and our executive programs’ international residencies.

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