By Iqra Razzaq

This year Darden introduced a new Global Residency location to its fast growing Executive MBA Program. Students traveled to South Africa to explore leadership, business operations, and global economics over the course of a week. Students met with local business leaders in Johannesburg and attended meetings with corporate executives and discussions about the local business practices and infrastructure of South Africa. They analyzed the developing areas of Cape Town and discussed business systems used to combat the social challenges presented.

The South Africa Residency program additionally allowed students to actively engage with the history of the country. They toured of Nelson Mandela’s home, the Apartheid Museum, and visited Spice Route Destination and Fairview Winery. Through these interactions, students celebrated the diversity of both the country and unique business practices. Take a look at their learning opportunities and adventures below!

Classroom work in Johannesburg
Apartheid Museum
Presentation at South Africa Reserve Bank in Pretoria
Visit to DRDGOLD – South African gold producer and a specialist in the recovery of the metal from the retreatment of surface tailings
Fairview vinery – paring wine and goat cheese –local specialty
Classroom work at Cape Town
Closing dinner at Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town