A Glimpse Into the First Three Days of Darden's South Africa Worldwide Course

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Darden students embarked on their two-week Darden Worldwide Course to South Africa on Monday. This course, led by Darden Professor Mary Margaret Frank, focuses on public-private enterprise collaborations. 

GEMBA '17 Student Nishal Sodha Reflects on Darden Experience

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Nishal Sodha, a student in the GEMBA '17 class, is a Kenyan native who currently lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining the global executive MBA program at Darden, Nishal started Global Hardware Ltd., a hardware supply company based in Nairobi, after working for Maersk Line for nine years. Nishal took some time to share and reflect on his Darden experience. 

Roshini Rajan (Class of 2017) Bridges Cultures Through Global Business and Culture Club Leadership

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Roshini Rajan, originally from Mysore, India, attended the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, where she earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in 2012. Since enrolling at Darden, Roshini  has prioritized involvement in global academic and extracurricular activities.  She currently serves as President of the Global Business and Culture Club (GBCC), which strives to connect multicultural backgrounds and the diverse experiences of Darden students.

International Students Are Each Other's Biggest Advocates

Many international students are stepping up their efforts to bring attention to international students' rights and needs via on-campus clubs, off-campus independent organizations and international student campaigns. And their efforts are paving the way for a better global university experience for prospective international students. Here are some key ways current international students are making a difference. 


Major Figure in National Security And Oceans Law Chalks 50 Years At UVA

School of Law

John Norton Moore is a towering figure in the realms of national security and oceans policy; his work has explored the boundaries of war and pathways to peace and influenced generations of legal scholars and professionals over 50 years of teaching at the University of Virginia School of Law. He taught the nation’s first course on national security law, and conceived and co-wrote the first casebook on the subject.

Justin Tang (Class of 2017) Shares Insights On Darden Worldwide Courses

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Justin Tang’s upbringing in a bi-cultural family, balancing Taiwanese and American roots, and family heritage influenced his interest in the interplay between cultures. He attended UCLA as an undergrad, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in International Development Studies. Justin travelled to China and Russia through Darden Worldwide Courses (DWC), where he learned first-hand about business practices of the respective countries.

Alumni Profile: Rachel Good


Rachel Good is a Field Operations Manager at Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), based in Anconcito, Ecuador. She oversees all operations on the ground in Ecuador, including managing projects, supervising in-country staff, coordinating logistics for volunteers, and conducting fiscal operations. 

How To [Spring] Break Into The Tech Industry

McIntire School

Twenty-five University of Virginia students spent their spring breaks visiting alumni and employees at some of the world’s most influential technology companies. McIntire School of Commerce associate professor Ryan Wright took 12 students to San Francisco to visit 15 companies while associate commerce professor Nicole Montgomery took 13 students to the international offices of some of the same companies in London and Dublin. 

UVA Darden, CEIBS to Co-Host Investment Forum in Shanghai

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is partnering with the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) to host the eighth annual CEIBS Private Wealth Investment Forum. Held 8 April in Shanghai, the forum, which is sponsored by Darden’s Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management and the CEIBS Shoushan Centre for Wealth Management, brings together global business leaders and industry experts for a close-up look at the global investing and asset management landscape.

All-Pro Water Boy: NFL's Chris Long Spreads Passion For Clean Water At Darden

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In 2015, Chris Long founded the Waterboys Initiative, which unites NFL players and fans to raise awareness and funds with a goal to install 32 deep borehole wells in East Africa, representing the 32 teams in the National Football League. Each well costs $45,000 and serves up to 7,500 people. To help reach their goal, Long and Waterboys partnered with WorldServe International, a Missouri-based nonprofit that drills and installs clean water wells in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Kingston Liu Dances His Way Through UVA

University at Large

Kingston Liu, currently a fourth year, came to UVA from Beijing after hearing about the school from a friend and alumna. Dance became a way to connect with his new classmates and learn more about different cultures. Liu has become even more and more involved in the UVA arts community, even learning graphic design and video production to help different groups promote their events. 

Darden Executive Students Explore Cuba

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This February, Darden’s Executive and Global Executive MBA students had the opportunity to explore Cuba through Darden’s Cuba at the Crossroads: How Culture and Business is Adapting to Transition course led by Barbara Millar. Some highlights of the Darden Worldwide Course to Cuba for Executive MBAs are illustrated. 

Narayana Murthy, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal In Global Innovation

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Narayana Murthy articulated, designed and implemented the “global delivery model,” which became the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. Having led key corporate governance initiatives in India, he also is an IT adviser to several Asian countries. Due to his many accomplishments, he has received the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Global Innovation.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley Mcnamara, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal In Architecture

Architecture School

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the directors of Grafton Architects, established in 1978. They have taught and lectured widely throughout Europe and in the United States. To mark the occasion of their receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, the UVA School of Architecture will host a public talk by Farrell and McNamara on April 13 at 3 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Ester Barbuto (MBA '17) Shares Rich Global Experiences in China, the Philippines, Russia, and South Africa

Darden School

Since arriving at Darden, Ester worked towards achieving the goals she set for herself, including getting more global exposure in the business arena. Through Darden Worldwide Courses (DWC), she experienced business cultures around the world firsthand, hearing directly from business leaders and visiting their companies.

Global Consulting Project Team Visits Client in Hong Kong

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In December, Darden Global Consulting Project teams visited their clients around the world. Four students on the JMATEK, Ltd. team, all Class of 2017, conducted their visit to Hong Kong. Due to the project’s nature, the students were able to deliver their suggestions to the client in person, as well as learn more about the company itself.

Manuel Bailo Esteve's Garden House 0.86_Z Wins Award

Architecture School

Associate professor Manuel Bailo Esteve and Rosa Rull Bertran of BAILORULL ADD+ received the award for the best single family house of the Barcelona 7a Mostra Arquitectura del Vallès for Garden House 0.86_Z. The project has been featured in the Vallès Catalan Architects Association of Barcelona and now extends into the Barcelona metropolitan region through an exhibition.

'Big Data' Traces Language Origins

University at Large

University of Virginia linguistic anthropologist Mark A. Sicoli and colleagues are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World. Their new research, which uses “big data” techniques to analyze more than 100 linguistic features, suggests complex patterns of contact and migration among the early peoples who first settled the Americas.

Darden Student Shares Summer Internship in Jordan Experience

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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. Since beginning her MBA program, Selina Yi has embraced the various global experiences that Darden has to offer and she shares about her experiences. 

These Alumni Are Fighting For Peace, One Cup Of Coffee At A Time


Huw Rees-Jones and Mary Lansden Brewbaker, University of Virginia alumni,  started a business, Good Grounds Coffee Co., which sells coffee produced by former fighters and war widows in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their coffee is now being sold in several specialty coffee shops in the United States (including Mudhouse Coffee Roasters in Charlottesville) even as the couple continues to seek new partnerships with investors and nonprofits.