East Asia, global network, International Affinity Club, International Students, Student Perspective

Rongwu Liang (Class of 2021) Uses Engineering, Technology and Conversation to Build Bridges Around the World

By Abigail QuinnRongwu Liang, originally from China, is a member of Darden’s Class of 2021. Before deciding to pursue his MBA, Rongwu took a less traditional route to Charlottesville, working as a civil engineer and contract manager in Colombo, Sri Lanka before coming to the United States. “I…

By Lauren Wallace-
Europe & Russia, International Affinity Club, International Students, Student Perspective

A Love for Learning Brings Mikheil Abashidze (Class of 2021) – And His Cooking – from Georgia to Darden

By Abigail QuinnMikheil Abashidze, a member of Darden’s class of 2021, is a citizen of Georgia, nestled in the Caucuses region of Eurasia. He came to Darden because of a fellow coworker he met while working in Tbilisi, Georgia: Mikheil heard his colleague’s reviews of Darden’s…

By Lauren Wallace-
International Affinity Club, International Students, Latin America, Student Event, Student Perspective

Through Club Leadership, Nivia Bassante Garcia (Class of 2021) Helps Others Find Their Voice at Darden

By Abigail Quinn From Ecuador, Second Year Nivia Bassante Garcia (Class of 2021) shares her experience as an international student at Darden, where she serves on the leadership boards of both the Latin American Student Association and Graduate Women in Business. Nivia reflects on the importance of diversity and women…

By Lauren Wallace-
global network, International Students, South Asia, Southeast Asia & Australia, Student Perspective

From Engineering in India to Decision-Making at Darden: Second Year Tejaswi Kambalapally (Class of 2021) Shares her Journey to Becoming a CGI Global Ambassador

Tejaswi Kambalapally (Class of 2021) is a Global Ambassador for Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives. Tejaswi took time to share more about her background, role as Global Ambassador during the pandemic, and hopes for the future. In her own words:Tell us a little bit about your background. What…

By Lauren Wallace-
International Students, South Asia, Southeast Asia & Australia, Student Perspective

Ahana Das (Class of 2022) Recalls Global Journey through the Pandemic to get to Darden

First Year student Ahana Das (Class of 2022) recently shared the events of her global journey from the U.S. to Singapore and back, arriving in Charlottesville in time to begin fall classes at Darden. Since beginning orientation and classes at Darden a few weeks ago, Ahana says: Darden’s…

By Lauren Wallace-
International Affinity Club, International Students, South Asia, Southeast Asia & Australia, Student Perspective

DSAS President Murali Kondaru (Class of 2021) Shares the Importance of Cultural Diversity in Business and Global Community at Darden

From Vijayawada, India, Murali Kondaru (Class of 2021) left India for the first time to attend Darden, where he serves as the president of the Darden South Asia Society (DSAS) and Darden Dance Club. Murali shared his thoughts on cultural diversity, his hopes for DSAS, his favorite experiences at Darden…

By Lauren Wallace-
East Asia, Europe & Russia, global network, International Students, South Asia, Southeast Asia & Australia, Student Perspective

Five Countries, One Unique Experience: Vimal Kanagaraj (Class of 2021) Discusses Global Background and Outlook

By Elizabeth JuneBorn in India, Vimal Kanagaraj (Class of 2021) lived in four countries before coming to the U.S. to attend Darden. His global upbringing and work experiences in Saudi Arabia, India, Japan and Germany have shaped his outlook on business and influenced his goals for the future…

By Lauren Wallace-
East Asia, Exchange, global network, International Students, South Asia, Southeast Asia & Australia, Student Perspective

Podcast in a Pandemic: Inspired at Darden, Exchange Student Darren Lau Starts “My MBA Taught Me” Podcast

Darren Lau studied at Darden as an exchange student from Melbourne Business School (MBS) in Australia in Fall 2019. Darren’s Darden experience inspired him to create My MBA Taught Me, a podcast highlighting lessons learned from MBA schools around the world. Darren shared more about the inception of his…

By Lauren Wallace-
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