Weekly News Roundup – Darden Coming to DC Area and more

Each week, we are rounding up some of the best Darden stories – from UVA and beyond! Check back on Fridays to stay up to date on Darden’s highlights.

Darden Bringing EMBAs to Washington, D.C.
Poets & Quants, 2 February 2016

UVA Darden MBAs Converge on India for Hands-on Look at Booming Economy
Darden News, 3 February 2016

In Uganda, Darden Finds – and Fans – Familiar Spark of Entrepreneurship
Darden News, 2 February 2016

New Capital for Venture Capital
UVA Today, 1 February 2016

Innovation in the Time of Disruptive Rule-Breaking
Darden Ideas to Action, 1 February 2016

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First Coffee at Darden

First Coffee is a Darden tradition that everyone loves. At 9:30 every morning, students, faculty and staff meet in PepsiCo Forum to chat over a cup of coffee (or tea!). In her latest video blog, Admissions Dean Sara Neher tells us more about why First Coffee has such a special place in the Darden community.

Video: Sara Neher on First Coffee

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Weekly News Roundup – 29 January

Each week, we are rounding up some of the best Darden stories – from UVA and beyond! Check back on Fridays to stay up to date on Darden’s highlights.

New UVA Darden Executive Director of Advancement Sees Potential in Passionate Alumni Base
Darden News, 26 January 2016

Case in Point: Risky Business? How to Know Your Start-up’s True Value
The Washington Post, 25 January 2016

Predicting Unpredictability in Chinese Equity Markets
Darden News, 25 January 2016

Nurses, Doctors Pair Up in Education Program
The Daily Progress, 23 January 2016

What I Learned at UVA’s Darden School of Business
Part 1, Part 2
mbaMission, 22 January 2016

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Financial Times Names UVA Darden Best MBA in General Management

It may be cold and dreary outside, but inside at Darden, everyone is excited:

This week, Financial Times named the University of Virginia Darden School of Business the world’s best MBA for general management in its Global MBA Ranking for the fourth consecutive year.

Darden also rose in the rankings for Placement Success and overall — both domestically and internationally.

Read more about these rankings and how they are measured on our website.

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Weekly News Roundup – Week of 22 January 2016

Each week, we are rounding up some of the best Darden stories – from UVA and beyond! Check back on Fridays to stay up to date on Darden’s highlights.

Active Innovation Leadership: What if Your Organization Isn’t Loaded with Geniuses Like Steve Jobs?
Darden Ideas to Action, 21 January 2016

What Graduating MBAs Made in 2015
Poets & Quants, 20 January 2016

Edward D. Hess: Author & Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence, Darden School of Business at UVA
The Native Society, 20 January 2016

Painful Insecurity: Economics and Physical Distress
Darden Ideas to Action, 14 January 2016

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Student Profile: Justin Tang

Justin Tang (MBA ’17) is a member of our Student Admissions Committee.


1. Why did you decide to get your MBA? – I worked for a management consulting firm the past 4 years but found myself in the passenger seat of my own career. While I appreciated the perks of the job and some really interesting projects, I didn’t want several years to fly by without controlling my own career path. I wasn’t convinced managing client relationships and accounts were right for me in the long run.  So, I decided to take a step back and pursue an MBA because it offered me the opportunity re-evaluate my career opportunities with the support of an incredible community.

2. Why did you pick Darden? – I chose Darden because I knew the program would be rigorous. One student put it like this for me: Putting together your recommendations for each case by yourself, during Learning Team, and in Section, gives you the chance to speak and defend your position three times. Now multiply that by the hundreds of cases we do at Darden. What better simulation is there for actual business meetings when the decision-making process is rapid and fluid?

3. Once you got here, what made Darden feel like home? – The people; I’ve met wonderful friends here who I would want at my wedding (thankfully they’re patient too). I also loved some of the late Summer/early Fall events like watching the sunset at Carter Mountain—what an incredible view.

4. What do you like to do in Charlottesville in your free time? – I’m a pretty simple guy. I enjoy getting in a swim workout, playing basketball with classmates, or getting in a round of golf at the course. My Charlottesville bucket list includes enjoying a few backpacking trips out in Shenandoah this Spring.

5. Name one unexpected thing about yourself. – Secretly, nature freaks me out. While camping, the last thing that goes through my head is all of the bugs crawling around me….andddd good night.


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Weekly News Roundup – Week of 15 January 2016

Each week, we are rounding up some of the best Darden stories – from UVA and beyond! Check back on Fridays to stay up to date on Darden’s highlights.

UVA’s Darden School wins Deloitte’s 6th annual National Case Competition
Accounting Today, 14 January 2016

Becoming Ambicultural: Managing Business and Beyond
Darden Ideas to Action, 12 January 2016

Recruitment Tips from an MBA Alumnus
Beat the GMAT, 11 January 2016

Q&A: Book Peeks Backstage at Alum’s Famed Comedy Club, All Jokes Aside
UVA Today, 11 January 2016

How My “Stupid” Career Decision Led Me to My Dream Job
The Muse, 11 January 2016

Book It: How Uber Drove Rapid Change
Darden Ideas to Action, 8 January 2016

UVA Darden Network Expands with Veteran Entrepreneur Partnership
Darden News, 7 January 2016

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Calling All Entrepreneurs

For any aspiring entrepreneurs reading, we wanted to be sure to give you a heads up that the i.Lab Incubator at Darden is now accepting applications for 2016 ventures.

The i.Lab Incubator supports its selected ventures, all of which are seed or early-stage business projects, by providing them with the following benefits:

  • Funding
  • Faculty and student support
  • Office space
  • Access to technological expertise
  • Free legal services

Applications are due on 25 January 2016 at 12 noon, and are open to anyone in the UVA and greater Charlottesville community.

To learn more about the i.Lab, the application process, and to see what current students are doing in the i.Lab, please visit their website.

In addition to the i.Lab, Darden has several other entrepreneurial offerings, including courses, competitions, and networking events. Whether you have a well-formed business idea already, or you just want to see how an entrepreneurial mindset might assist you in a more traditional business setting, Darden can help you achieve your goals. Find more details on the Darden website.

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Weekly News Roundup – Week of 8 January 2016

Each week, we are rounding up some of the best Darden stories – from UVA and beyond! Check back on Fridays to stay up to date on Darden’s highlights.


C-Suite Insights with Scott Beardsley: PWC CFO Carol Sawdye
Darden Ideas to Action, 4 January 2016

Large Businesses Can Learn from Lessons on Global Surgical Treatment
The Washington Post, 2 January 2016

Getting Ready for Primetime
Virginia Business, 31 December 2015

The Sum of All the Business School Rankings in 2015
Forbes, 30 December 2015

UVA Darden, CEIBS Strengthen Global Enrepreneurial Bonds
Darden News, 22 December 2015

Innovation + Darden Savvy = Glove That Aids Recovery From Strokes
UVA Today, 22 December 2015

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Darden’s Round 2 Application Due Friday, 8 January 2016

Darden’s Round 2 Application for the Full-Time MBA program is due this Friday, 8 January 2016.

For general questions about the application, please email darden@virginia.edu.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please first log out and then log back in and try again. If this does not work, please email admissionstechsupport@darden.virginia.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Good luck to all of our Round 2 Applicants! We look forward to reading your applications.

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