Darden Student Shares Summer Internship in Jordan Experience

By Lauren Wallace

Diandian (Selina) Yi, currently a second year residential MBA student at Darden, is originally from Shenzhen, China. She received her BBA from the City University of Hong Kong in 2011 and previously worked in risk management consulting at Ernst & Young in China.  Selina is involved in various organizations and clubs at Darden, including Asia Business Club at Darden, Graduate Women in Business, Outdoor Club, and more.

Since beginning her MBA program, Selina Yi has embraced the various global experiences that Darden has to offer. She travelled to Sweden last spring for a Darden.Worldwide Course, spent a week in the Philippines last December for a Global Consulting Project, and is preparing for another Darden.Worldwide Course in the European Union this spring led by Darden’s Dean, Scott Beardsley. Her lengthiest global experience through Darden took place last summer over an 11-week span in Amman, Jordan. Selina discovered and took hold of this internship opportunity through Darden’s Career Development Center.

From late May to mid-August 2016, Selina worked with the National Microfinance Bank (NMB) as an intern consultant charged with designing a new microfinance insurance product. The NMB is a private nonprofit development company that offers financial and non-financial services to micro and small entrepreneurs in Jordan, particularly women and youth. “One aspect of that is providing loans,” Selina explained; “…the interest [on those loans] doesn’t go to stakeholders but rather to trainings, activities, and other insurances that help their customers. That’s how [NMB] uses the money it makes.” In her role of intern consultant, Selina developed and proposed a new kind of property insurance product that NMB could offer to their clients. She was inspired to pursue property insurance as her project proposal after visiting with and interviewing numerous NMB customers. She learned that many clients operate their side businesses and entrepreneurial ventures out of their home, yet “typical property insurance is inaccessible to these clients because their businesses don’t meet the requirements”. Her research led her to recommend a unique insurance product that combines both work and personal property insurance better-suited to micro and small entrepreneurs. NMB is still working with the Arab Orient Insurance, a member of the Gulf Insurance Group, on the details of Selina’s proposal to determine if it can be launched.

“It was a huge learning experience for me this summer,” Selina acknowledged. “It was my first time working with a nonprofit. I learned that nonprofits are managed just like businesses, the only difference is vision.” This lesson would later help her in the Philippines during her Global Consulting Project onsite visit where she worked closely with a nonprofit private school. “Any manager can run a business, but a great manager needs to believe in the cause. Our work was very valuable, but business should just be the approach. [This experience] has helped me become a better manager.”

Selina would love to return to the Middle East to work if the opportunity arose. “I totally enjoyed my time,” Selina recalled. “Jordan is fantastic. I liked it so much I convinced my parents to come visit me!” She visited many cultural heritage and historical sites in Jordan and beyond, including a weekend trip to Israel. “While I was in the Middle East people would ask me if I ever actually did any work because I travelled so much!” Selina has accepted a consulting position with Ernst & Young in New York City and is looking forward to beginning her life after graduation in New York this summer.

Selina shared some photos that she took and taken of her while in Jordan over the summer:

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Ground Control’s Kim Morrish (MBA ’93): A Journey to Leadership

Kim Morrish (MBA’93), Owner and Director of Ground Control Ltd. joins us as part of Darden’s Leadership Speaker Series. Kim and her husband are directors and majority shareholders of Ground Control Ltd., the UK’s largest landscaping company with over £100 million in annual turnover. In 2016, Ground Control received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation for their leading edge technology that enables a rapid response to evolving customer demands. Additionally, Kim has launched several start-ups, acquired five businesses and enjoys backing promising entrepreneurs in new ventures. Kim holds a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Darden School of Business.

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Scholar Showcase: David Peña (Class of 2017)

By Lauren Wallace

David Gabriel Peña, currently a second year residential MBA student at Darden, is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in 2010 and worked in Investment Banking prior to Darden. David is a recipient of the Class of 1979 Trustees Scholarship and the William Michael Shermet Award, an award that recognizes students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the First Year program and who, by their determination and constructive attitude and service, have provided an example of responsible spirit to their classmates. While at Darden, David has gotten involved with several career and affinity clubs including the Private Equity Club where he was elected Vice President of Careers, the Latin American Student Association and the Darden Racquet Association. David took a few minutes to share his reflections on his time here thus far:

Could you tell us about why you chose to come to Darden and how you heard about the school?

I first heard about Darden from a family friend who graduated in the class of 2015. I was looking for a program that put me in the decision maker’s seat every day so I could get training in making tough decisions. Darden’s case method based-learning provided exactly that. I had the opportunity to visit the campus before applying and attended a class on Post Merger Integration, where I watched how students picked apart the issues at hand and helped each other form an opinion on what they would do if they were faced with a similar situation in the future. This is when I knew that case-based learning was for me.

What is the most unexpected thing you’ve learned from studying at Darden thus far?

I’ve learned there is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for leadership and for success; people and organizations can achieve success in very different ways. I’ve always admired great leaders from all over the world, but I have come to learn that there isn’t necessarily a common thread that made them such great leaders. They each had an ability to inspire the group they had in front of them and did so in vastly different ways. A certain style of leadership may be perfect for one situation and completely wrong for another. With the world changing as fast as it does today, leaders, more than ever, have to learn to adapt and to create bespoke solutions to the problems in front of them if they want to succeed.

What part about living in the U.S. has surprised you the most so far? How have your experiences compared to your expectations?

I’ve lived in Colombia my entire life other than my time here at Darden although I am a dual-citizen with family living all over the United States. After moving to the U.S., though, I was still surprised by the diversity of people and thought that you find here—the U.S. truly is a vast cultural melting pot. I was happily surprised by the diversity of thought I found at Darden; that individuals with similar backgrounds can have completely different values and worldviews and experiences. It is fascinating to be in a classroom and observe how similar individuals react differently to the same situation. In the classroom, you get to hear from everybody and learn from their experiences. That diversity is what makes Darden such a great place to learn.

How has the network been helpful to you so far?

In April 2015, as I was trying to decide which business school to attend, I was contacted by Dean Beardsley; we discussed my interest in Darden, some questions I had and my desire to go into private equity. We ended the call with an agreement that he would put me in contact with ‘someone who had worked in private equity before’ so they could field any additional questions I had. Not 20 minutes after we hung up, I received a call from Jim Cooper—a Darden alum (MBA’84), who at the time was chair of Darden’s Board of Trustees and who is founder of Thompson Street Capital Partners (TSCP), a private equity firm based in St. Louis. Jim and I chatted about my interest in private equity and near the end of our call it was clear that TSCP would be a great fit.  To my delight, Jim offered me a summer internship and I went to work for him following my first year at Darden.  This internship was an immensely rewarding experience both from a personal and professional standpoint.

I think this is a great testament to the power of the Darden alumni network. Jim went above and beyond to support the School, and I can say to this day that is the nicest thing a “stranger” has ever done for me. Now I am part of the Darden network, and I am making every effort to pay it forward.

What are your plans for after Darden? 

I am pursuing opportunities in private equity. One of the things that I enjoyed most about my job before Darden was to provide access to capital for entrepreneurs who were building great businesses. It was a rewarding experience to work closely with founders of businesses, work hard to understand their businesses and industries so we could approve loans that would help them expand their businesses. I look forward to continuing to do so but as a shareholder where I can provide capital and support to the management teams.

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Darden Faculty International Activity and Publications Winter 2016-17

IDEAS TO ACTION:
Lost in Translation: Culture and Strategy by Ming-Jer Chen and Yi Ping Chan
C-Suite Insights with Scott Beardsley:  Aston Martin’s Ulrich Bez
The Economics of Water: A Global Perspective by Peter Debaere and Carlos Santos
Financial Globalization and the ‘Locust’ Myth by Pedro Matos and Jenny M. Abel

JOURNALS & BOOKS:
Ed Freeman with Yves Fassin and Simone de Colle (Forthcoming). Intra-stakeholder alliances in plant-closing decisions: A stakeholder theory approach.  Business Ethics:  A European Review.

Mary Gentile Does Cultural Sensitivity Mean Ethical Surrender?  HBR.org online.
Bena, J., M. Ferreira, Pedro Matos and P. Pires, (Forthcoming) Are Foreign Investors Locusts? The Long-Term Effects of Foreign Institutional Ownership, Journal of Financial Economics.

Daniel Murphy (Forthcoming). Excess Capacity in a Fixed-Cost Economy, European Economic Review.

PRESENTATIONS & CONFERENCES:
Alex Cowan and MJ Toms presented “The Problem and The Solution” as part of the session ‘Entrepreneurship Within Unique Disciplines’ at RIT’s Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers conference.

Peter Debaere presented “The Potential Economic Benefits of Reallocating Water” at the Global Water Summit, Columbia University.

Jim Detert presented “Having, and reducing the need for, workplace courage” at the Mindlab (cross-governmental innovation unit for senior Danish government agency leaders) in Copenhagen, November.

Jim Detert presented “Showing courage: Speaking up when it’s not safe, and other risky, worthy workplace acts” at the Ivey School of Business at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada in December.

Mary Gentile presented talks on Giving Voice to Values – at Insead, France in October; Jonkoping School of Business in Sweden in October; and at the Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Consortium hosted by St. Gallens University in Switzerland at Boston University

Mary Gentile was invited to give a presentation on Giving Voice to Values at the Forum Compliance and Integrity group in Munich in November.

Morela Hernandez was invited to present “Limitation of scope bias: The counterintuitive effects of job engagement on creativity” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Isenberg School of Management) and at the London Business School.

Justin Hopkins presented “When Enron Met Alibaba: The Rise of VIEs” in China at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mike Lenox gave a talk in partnership with Tesla and AVT business school on disruptive innovation in Copenhagen, September.

Mike Lenox gave a research seminar on innovating for sustainability at NTU in Singapore, October.

Mike Lenox led Batten’s Innovators Roundtable on innovation in sustainability in partnership with MAS in Singapore in October and with Chief Sustainability Officers in Washington DC in November.

Pedro Matos presented “Asset Management within Commercial Banks Worldwide: International Evidence“ at the University of Toronto and at Federal Reserve Board in December.

Frank Warnock presented “The Effects of Fed Policy on EME Bond Markets” (joint work with John Burger and Veronica Cacdac Warnock) at the Central Bank of Chile’s 20th Annual Research Conference in Santiago.

Frank Warnock presented “Decomposing International Portfolio Flows” at the SUERF/PSE/CEPII Conference on Rethinking Capital Controls and Capital Flows in Paris.

Frank Warnock presented on capital flows and exchange rates at the Bank of Korea-KIEP-PIIE Conference on Monetary Policy Options for Small Open Economies in Seoul.

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Linda Long (Class of 2017) Sheds Light on Darden Worldwide Courses

By Christina Xu

Name: Ling (Linda) Long (D’17)

Hometown: Mianyang, China

Pre-Darden University and Major: University of International Business and Economics, Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

Pre-Darden Employment: McGraw Hill Financial, Senior Specialist, Strategy and Corporate Development; PwC, Senior Associate

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Beijing, China, Ling (Linda) Long worked as an Associate and Senior Associate at PwC. Through the process, she developed an interest in strategy through Mergers & Acquisitions cases she worked on, and later went into in-house Strategy and Corporate Development at McGraw Hill. At both PwC and McGraw Hill, Linda discovered that the employment market’s demand for transnational talent was rapidly growing. “Foreign companies who seek development in China and Chinese companies who seek expansion overseas both depend on talented people who have bi-cultural backgrounds, business understanding and cultural adaptability,” Linda said.

Linda wanted to pursue her MBA degree in the U.S. and the close-knit community of Darden really stood out to her. Linda attended a few Darden alumni and admissions events in Beijing, where she felt extremely welcomed at Darden alumni receptions. “Some of the Darden alumni who had graduated more than ten years ago shared their experience with me and willingly connected current Darden students to job and internship opportunities,” Linda shared.

Linda reflected on the process of adjusting her learning style to get the most from the case-method at Darden. “In the first few weeks after coming to Darden, I had to read three cases each day. Like most international students I felt the pressure from the workload and different learning environment than in China. However, the close-knit community of Darden has been extremely supportive and offered many resources.” In Linda’s first year learning team, six students from different sections with a diversity of backgrounds, including military, banking, accounting, and consulting, would meet up to share ideas and prepare for in-class discussions. “The case method at Darden is vastly different from the lecture-based teaching style in China. In comparison, the case method better assists students in expressing their individual ideas. Through the discussion, students are able to understand the thought process of individuals with different professional and cultural backgrounds, which results in an exchange of diversity in perspectives,” Linda explained. “In addition, the case method helps students practice decision-making under uncertain or ambiguous situations. There is no fixed solution to any case.”

Linda has been impressed by Darden’s multiple approaches to assisting students in finding their ideal job or internship. “Firstly, Darden has a powerful alumni network. Each of the alumni that I’ve reached out to have gotten back to me and have been extremely helpful.” In addition, Linda participated in the tech trek organized by the Tech Club at Darden. During the trip, she visited major tech companies in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. It also connected her with the company she ended up interning for the summer. “In addition, Darden’s Career Development Center (CDC) offers much support in helping students find their ideal job or internship.”

Over the winter break, Linda participated in the Darden. Worldwide. Courses (DWC) in Russia and one of the two Global Consulting Projects (GCP) in Mbarara, Uganda. The GCP project team consisted of 3 people tasked with guiding the Kamukuzi Division of Mbarara Municipal Council in facilitating the empowerment of selected community groups. The team developed a coordinated mechanism for guiding community-based groups in entrepreneur skills and book-keeping. While the GCP required her team to go deep with one client, the DWC in Russia provided her exposure to a wide range of industries and companies.

According to Linda, the DWC and GCP global academic programs have different emphases: “The GCP helps you practice your thought process in a real business context in addition to honing the problem-solving skills that we learn through case studies in a hypothesis-driven process. The GCP experience provides students with an opportunity to have a supportive, comfortable and immersive experience in a foreign country,” Linda stated. Opportunities like this are “important because Darden aims to cultivate global business leaders.”

“As for the DWC program in Russia, Professor Elena Loutskina arranged for students to visit local enterprises and hear from guest speakers. These experiences allowed students to gain an intuitive understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the Russian economy, including the challenges for multinational enterprises entering Russia,” Linda shared.  Additionally, “Professor Loutskina was also able to provide a unique cultural context given her bi-cultural background for American students to better understand the Russian businesses and the economy.”

After her global experiences through Darden, Linda sees huge opportunities in future economic development in countries like Russia and Uganda. “It is crucial for MBA students to understand the customs of the various countries in the world in order to meet the challenges of future business development.”

Linda (center) with her clients in Uganda during the Global Consulting Project onsite visit last December.

Linda with her classmates on the Darden Worldwide Course to Russia this January.

 

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Reflections from Cuba

Alice Cassin (Class of 2017) participated in the January 2017 Darden Worldwide Course to Cuba which focused on Cuba’s economy in a state of transition. Alice shared some reflections and key learnings from the course with us:

Prior to this trip to Cuba, I had never set foot in a communist country. The crux of the challenge in Cuba is that introducing reforms that will allow for growth will also increase inequality in a country whose ideology is firmly rooted in equality. Cuba’s government recognizes that it needs to grow to survive and has introduced limited market reforms to drive growth, granting licenses to cuentapropistas who can establish – and maybe grow – private enterprises. It is estimated that 25%* of Cubans are now involved in private sector activities. The government’s decision to open certain industries to the private sector is certainly creating winners and losers. The entrepreneurs who are very successful right now are mostly in the tourism industry.

Cuban entrepreneurs still face many obstacles. These challenges are numerous and range from incredibly slow internet speeds (they jokingly refer to the internet as the “turtlenet”) to the lack of a wholesale market. Additional challenges and obstacles to growth relate to access to finance and the transfer of money. Bank accounts are rarely used, and the vast majority of businesses cannot access loans or venture funding to finance their growth. While the government is encouraging entrepreneurs to start small businesses, it is unclear whether they will allow these companies to scale. Desperate for economic growth, the Cuban government is allowing its small businesses to begin to thrive, while talking about further regulations and potential taxation requirements in the future to redistribute this wealth.

The Cuban government aims to introduce market reforms in certain industries while maintaining its central planning model in an effort to prevent high degrees of inequality. Those of us coming from the U.S. tend to believe in capitalism and “the American dream” – we love the idea of growth spurred by the private sector, with its free market tendencies that allow for efficiency and productivity. I gained a better understanding of the Cuban government’s goals and the rationale behind its policies, as well as the devastation years of economic sanctions have wrought on its economy. However, I also left feeling that the policies of Cuba’s government have led to great inefficiencies and slow growth.

One of my main takeaways from the trip was that it is unclear which ideology is “right” or “wrong.” The trip deepened my understanding of strategy as a choice between a variety of paths, each with trade-offs. We try to make the best decisions based on our goals and our analyses of the various paths we could take to achieve those goals.

* Statistics vary depending on the report; Business Insider estimates 25%: http://www.businessinsider.com/cuba-fidel-castro-death-changes-2016-12

Alice Cassin (center) with another student and faculty member engage in conversation as they walk to meet with one of the cuentapropistas in Havana.

Student team presents their thoughts at Hotel Nacional to group of cuentapropistas at the end of the week.

Students head out from Hotel Nacional on a vintage car tour of Havana.

 

 

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Exchange Student from China Shares Fall 2016 Experience at Darden

By Lauren Wallace

Xi (Hana) Wu, a second year exchange student at Darden last fall, is originally from Jilin, China. She received her Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University in 2010 and previously worked in marketing. Hana goes to China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and is studying at Darden for the 2016 fall semester. While at Darden, Hana was involved with the Asia Business Club at Darden (ABCD) and the General Management & Operations Club (GMO) and took a few minutes to share her reflections on her time in Charlottesville thus far:

Even before becoming a student at CEIBS—one of Darden’s partner schools—Hana Wu heard of Darden. In her search for graduate business schools, Hana researched various top business schools around the world, particularly those with a reputation for a small, welcoming community, and discovered Darden during that initial search. Later on, after getting married and deciding to stay in China, Hana enrolled at CEIBS and was able to fulfill her dream of visiting Darden through both a CEIBS international partner program to Darden during her first year and the exchange program during her second year. She is now over halfway through her time here in Charlottesville on exchange.

“I have been very, very impressed with Darden,” Hana claims. “The teachers put a lot of effort into [their] students by providing individualized feedback on assignments,” conveying real-life business situations through utilizing the case-method approach, and bringing in high-level guest speakers into classes and forums. Beyond the faculty, Hana has also been very thankful for Darden’s curriculum. Hana described that the case method approach allows for a “better understanding of a genuine business environment by weaving strategy, corporate relations, finance, and various other aspects of business and into one class.” Hana has appreciated the multiple occasions on which guest speakers—some of whose businesses have been the subjects of assigned case studies—have surprised her classes with a visit.

In December 2015, Hana participated in CGI’s week-long international partner program with CEIBS hosted in Charlottesville. Because of that program, Hana confirmed her desire to study abroad at Darden as an exchange student and has enjoyed the transition to life in Charlottesville. “People enjoy life here and are very friendly,” she described, “and the sky is bluer!” Hana plans on telling her peers back at CEIBS to do the exchange program as well because of her positive experience. “I wish it were a full year program! I really enjoy the Darden network…it’s warm and welcoming. I want to pay Darden back!”

After finishing her last semester of business school here at Darden, Hana will be working with 3M in China in a two-year corporate strategy role and hopes to someday become a general manager for a Chinese corporation. She describes her Darden experience as a “life with adventure” and is so glad she “saved the best for last!”

Hana Wu stands with other Fall 2016 Darden exchange students from around the world.

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India Captivates Darden Students in 2017 Worldwide Course

In January 2017, Darden first year and second year students travelled to Bangalore and New Delhi on the Darden Worldwide Course to India, which focused on the topics of data science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Organized by Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives and led by Darden Professor Casey Lichtendahl, the course allowed students to gain a broad understanding of cultural and business drivers in India, with a particular emphasis on how information science plays a role in developing this nation.  Students developed an understanding of how and why India has become a hub of information technology, outsourcing, and its continued innovation in digital business alongside an understanding of challenges facing Indian firms today.  The course blended company visits, meetings, with top business leaders, class sessions and cultural adventures, and it allowed current Darden students to connect with alumni based in India.

 

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Darden Student Profile: Patrick Liu (Class of 2018)

By Jacqui Lazo

Name:  Wenxin “Patrick” Liu (Class of 2018)

Hometown: Fujian, China

Pre-Darden University and Major: Xi’an International Studies University, Marketing

Pre-Darden Employment: Jiangxi Jiangling Motors Import & Export Co. Ltd.

 

Wenxin “Patrick” Liu (Class of 2018) fondly remembers the day he got his offer letter from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. “I was so excited I could not sleep the entire night,” he said. After sharing the good news with friends and family, he immediately began the pre-matriculation process.

During Liu’s first days on Grounds, he quickly acclimated to the Virginia fall weather and enjoyed walking from his apartment to Darden. He also celebrated his birthday while immersing himself in the Darden before Darden program. From Day One at the School, he pushed himself to speak up in class. He managed to participate every day and his diligent efforts paid off. “Now I feel more comfortable expressing my ideas,” said Liu.

The case method was the main reason why Liu chose Darden, and the approach offered him more than just an opportunity to perfect his English. “This method provides every student with the chance to participate, share and show who they really are,” said Liu. It made him appreciate the collaborative nature of the Darden culture, and he began to realize how much each of his classmates could teach him.

“I am so happy to get the opportunity to be at Darden,” said Liu, who grew up in a small county of Fujian province, China. Although both of his parents were uneducated and could not help him cultivate his interests, they were very supportive of Liu’s desire to pursue his own education. He was resourceful, teaching himself Chinese calligraphy, how to play chess and how to sing.

When Darden presented Liu with his biggest challenges, he had a plan. “I found it useful to be open and proactive — it helped me go out of my comfort zone,” he said. Always upbeat and enthusiastic, Liu quickly earned the friendship and respect of his classmates. He even ran for section representative, which surprised and delighted his peers, as he was the only international student to participate in the election.

“Charlottesville is such a quiet and beautiful place, and I could completely focus on what I needed to do here,” he said. “Time goes so slowly on Grounds, but so fast on the road. The leaves of the trees by the road are the best sign of the time, turning from green to yellow just overnight.”

No matter where he lands, Liu plans to take what he’s learned at Darden about himself and the world to create a future career that will bring out the best version of who he has become.

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Darden Students Partner with Ugandan Organizations to Support Key Initiatives

Last December, two teams of Darden students spent almost two weeks in Mbarara, Uganda as a part of their Global Consulting Project Course offered at Darden. The Global Consulting Projects (GCPs) give small teams of students the opportunity to provide consulting services to an international company or organization while working closely with a Darden faculty member. These projects provide students with hands-on experience in global business by working with clients from different countries and cultures and learning to navigate virtual work teams across international borders. One student who worked on a project this fall noted that participating on a project team “highly impacted my confidence level. I have an international background, but it was nice to learn how business are conducted in a completely new cultural context that is very different from my home country as well as the U.S.”

Global Consulting Projects are sourced each fall and spring by the Center for Global Initiatives. Darden Professor Tim Laseter teaches a series of workshops designed to lead the project teams through the consulting process and to offer support along the way. Some companies that the teams work with offer projects regularly, while others offer opportunities on an as-needed basis. Last fall, Darden students also visited Mbarara, Uganda and worked on projects for Nile Breweries, Ltd. and the Institute of Management Science at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Christine Thach (MBA ’16) shared how the combination of the organization itself and the location led to her interest in working with the client in Uganda.

This fall, three Darden students worked with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to benchmark, evaluate and strategize the university’s alumni engagement plans. The onsite visit in December allowed the students to conduct additional research and to present their findings to MUST administrators directly. One of the students on the team shared that the most meaningful aspect of the project was “actually seeing the sites and meeting the clients face-to-face. It made it a lot easier to understand the cultural norms of the country and the challenges that the client was currently facing.” Solomon Agum, the client contact at MUST reported that the team “provided opertionalizable approaches to alumni engagement that have been presented to management. Steps are now being taken to implement some of these suggestions.”

The second Uganda team worked with the Mbarara Municipal Council on their efforts to manage and mobilize community-based entrepreneurial ventures. Sewante Muhammad Kaliphan, town clerk from the Kamukuzi Division of Mbarara, shared, “After the interactions with the Darden team of students, we adopted their recommendations and a series of meetings are being conducted to mainstream their ideas . . . All of the groups have agreed to work together and bookkeeping-related issues are being emphasized.”

This spring, 28 Darden students will head to Uganda for a new Darden.Worldwide Course offering. This course, entitled “Health Care, Education and Entrepreneurship: A Foundation for Rapid Growth in Uganda”, will take place in both Mbarara and Kampala.

 

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