Global Executive MBA

Global MBA for Executives Residency in China 2015

By Kate Beach-

For the first two weeks in May, Darden’s Global MBA for Executives Class of 2016 students visited Shanghai and Beijing. Their residency included classes taught by Darden faculty members Elizabeth DemersMarc ModicaElliott Weiss, and Dennis Yang and explored topics ranging from China’s economic growth to real estate markets to negotiations. The program also included several company visits, allowing students to learn actively about China and its markets from insider perspectives. In Shanghai, the students visited a Wal-Mart Super Center in Pudong, the Lotte-Hershey factory, and local Shanghai market,  as well as attending the Darden Shanghai Investing Summit.  After taking the high speed train to Beijing, the group continued classes, including a session with Tony Black, Otis China’s CEO.  Site visits, such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall were woven amongst classes and visits to both the Li-Ning sportswear and equipment company as well as an entrepreneurial venture in a local hutong.

David Maruna, GEMBA Class of 2016, shared, “We had some great cultural experiences while in Shanghai and Beijing! We did everything alongside some amazing professors who utilized site visits, guest lecturers and regular classes to invigorate our core coursework in accounting, operations, and leadership. The learning was intense and the memories were epic!”

Class of 2016 MBA for Global Executives students work on a project together during a class session in Shanghai this May.
Class of 2016 MBA for Global Executives students work on a project together during a class session in Shanghai this May.
GEMBA students enjoy the Shanghai Investing Summit networking reception.
GEMBA students enjoy the Shanghai Investing Summit networking reception.
GEMBA students with Darden Professor Dennis Yang at the Great Wall
GEMBA students stand with Darden Professor Dennis Yang at the Great Wall (photo courtesy of David Maruna GEMBA Class of 2016) .
GEMBA students learn about the Great Wall before heading off to explore it during their China residency.
GEMBA students learn about the Great Wall before heading off to explore it during their China residency (photo courtesy of David Maruna GEMBA Class of 2016).
One of the many scenic views on the Great Wall of China (photo courtesy of David Maruna GEMBA Class of 2016
One of the many scenic views on the Great Wall of China (photo courtesy of David Maruna GEMBA Class of 2016).