Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) had the pleasure of hosting 47 graduate business students from Zurich, Switzerland’s HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration during an idyllic spring week in March. This exciting week-long International Partner Program hosted by CGI provided the visiting students with an immersive experience in Darden’s renowned case-method based classroom.  

During the week, the students engaged in interactive class sessions and lively discourse with faculty; such engagement exemplifies Darden’s commitment to fostering a collaborative and stimulating educational experience. This year’s program was spearheaded by Darden faculty members Bobby Parmar and Raj Venkatesan. Students also had the pleasure of learning with esteemed faculty including Ed Freeman, Andy Wicks, Roshni Raveendhran and Anton Korinek, who provided valuable insights into international management and the proliferating field of artificial intelligence.   

Throughout their stay, the students were not only immersed in their studies but also took the opportunity to acquaint themselves with Charlottesville’s business environment and its rich cultural offerings with a visit to King Family Vineyards and student led University of Virginia historical tour.  

Darden eagerly anticipates the arrival of future HWZ students and remains dedicated to strengthening the bonds of international academic partnerships. Please take a moment to explore the photos from the week below!

Darden faculty, Bobby Parmar and Raj Venkatesan, kickstarting the program with the first session.
In the midst of the Marshmallow Challenge.
HWZ participants in front of UVA’s Rotunda listening to student historical guide, Olivia Pettee.
UVA student tour guides, Olivia Pettee and Jiawen Davis, with the HWZ group at the UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.
James King talking with HWZ students about building and growing their family business in Virginia’s wine country.
HWZ participants in King Family Vineyard’s barrel room.