UVA's Global Water Initiative Brings Bright Minds to a Big Global Problem

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The University of Virginia’s recently formed Global Water Initiative is ready to take on one of our most pressing global challenges. The group, which launched its website this week, is focused on the challenges of distributing and sharing fresh and clean water among its many users: cities, agriculture and, not in the least, the environment. 

UVA to Host International Conference on Interpreting Slavery and its Legacies

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Exploring this shared history – portraying the horrors of slavery, as well as the resistance, creativity and resilience of enslaved peoples – will be the focus of an international conference at the University of Virginia from March 19 to 21. The event, “Interpreting and Representing Slavery and Its Legacies in Museums and Sites: International Perspectives,” will examine the variety of approaches used at museums and sites around the Atlantic to represent the history and legacies of the slave trade, slavery and emancipation.

Chris Long - NFL Champion, Philanthropist, Alumnus - to Address UVA Valediction


Alumnus Chris Long, who has used a standout professional football career as a platform to advance charitable causes, including wider access to education and safe water sources in Africa, will be the featured speaker at the University of Virginia’s Valedictory Exercises, to be held May 18 on the Lawn.

Batten Foundation Gift Establishes $30 Million Scholarship Program at Darden

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business today unveiled the new Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarship program. A $15 million gift from the Batten Foundation unlocked a matching gift from UVA’s Bicentennial Scholars Fund, and the resulting $30 million endowment will ultimately provide every student in Darden’s full-time MBA program a scholarship to attend a Darden Worldwide course at no incremental cost.

Law Students Help South Africans Who Continue to Suffer from Apartheid

Law School

Seven members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia recently ventured to Cape Town, South Africa, to help residents who are still dealing with the aftereffects of being relocated during apartheid. Marwa Abdelaziz, Jah Akande, Jianne McDonald, Elijah McDonnaugh, Steven Morris, Rebecca Robinson and Kelsey Watkins spent 11 days in the country in January during their winter break, volunteering a combined 400 hours.

Darden Worldwide Travelogue: Cuba, Russia, Singapore and Sri Lanka

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In January, second year students participated in three Darden Worldwide Courses to Cuba, Russia and a new course to Singapore and Sri Lanka. These global immersion courses offered students an inside look into the countries’ business environments and cultures.

A Tale of Two Mamadis

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Current UVA basketball forward Mamadi Diakite and former player Mamadi Diane share a name, a home country and a mentor-mentee relationship that stands out even in a basketball season full of compelling stories. 

Darden's Inaugural Africa Week Showcases Continent's 'Vast Opportunities'

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The Darden Africa Business Organization’s (DABO) first-ever Africa Week showcased the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the dynamic and diverse continent. The student-run Africa Week hosted prominent speakers from around the world with business experience in Africa and included social events for the Darden community throughout the week.

Darden Welcomes Doris Cao, Director of China Initiatives

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Doris Cao, based in the University of Virginia China Office in Shanghai, recently began her new role as Director of China Initiatives for Darden. From supporting academic programming, admissions and alumni activities, executive education and corporate engagement, Doris will work collaboratively across Darden’s various departments, leading efforts to advance Darden’s impact in China and the surrounding region.

Maternal Health Drives UVA's Newly Minted Luce Scholar

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Madeline Rita, a University of Virginia fourth-year global development studies major, does not yet know in which Asian country she will live after she graduates, but she knows she will be working with a partner organization in a health care field. Rita has received a Luce Scholarship, which provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia each year for 15 to 18 scholars who have had limited prior exposure to Asia.

UVA Nursing Student Brings Badly Needed Heart Care to Rwanda

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Though he’s spending about three weeks in the African nation of Rwanda, home to 12 million people and about the size of Massachusetts, John Smiley’s carry-on backpack contains precious few necessities: several days of clothes, a toothbrush, drinking canister, stethoscope, his UVA Nursing lab coat and three paperback books to pass the 24-hour plane ride through the Netherlands and Uganda.

UVA Student Researches 'Grey Zone' in Haitian Aid

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Nicole Demitry’s research into humanitarian aid to Haiti found a lot of hard questions and no easy answers. Demitry, of Warrenton, a third-year student at the University of Virginia double-majoring in foreign affairs and anthropology, received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award to explore  humanitarian aid in the nation still devastated by a 2010 earthquake.

A Future Olympian? Meet UVA's First-Year Cycling Phenom and His 'Hoo Coach

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As the 2018 Winter Olympics come to a close, possible future Olympians are making their plans. Among them are first-year student and professional cyclist Eddie Anderson and his coach and fellow Wahoo, Andrea Dvorak. 

Trump Wants to Cut Immigration and Foreign Aid. Here's How They're Connected.

Global Affairs

The Trump administration continues to push for large cuts to foreign aid, prompting sharp criticism from lawmakers as well as former military leaders. The president also calls for U.S. aid to focus on “friends,” despite widespread criticism of this proposed change. 

VIDEO: Discover UVA's 35-Year-Old Study Abroad Program in Valencia

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When students think of studying in Spain, destinations like Barcelona and Madrid come to mind. So why has the University of Virginia been operating a program in Valencia since 1983? One big reason is that in Valencia, rather than in Barcelona or Madrid, students are more likely to use their Spanish.

UVA Student Aims to Pursue Medicine on Both Sides of the Atlantic

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If Ted Obi has his way, the taxed healthcare system in rural Ghana will be streamlined by a telemedicine program conceived at the University of Virginia. The fourth-year student traveled to Koforidua, a rural community in Ghana, last summer with a team of UVA students. Funded by the Center for Global Health and the Parents Fund, Obi and the group, with project leader Emmanual Abebrese, a third-year UVA medical student, spent seven weeks in Ghana.

Accolades: UVA Moot Court Team Advances to International Competition

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The University of Virginia School of Law is one of 12 U.S. law schools from a field of 120 to advance to the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, to be held April 1 through 7 in Washington, D.C. UVA Law finished No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic regional competition on Feb. 9 and 10, besting law school competitors from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University and other schools.

UVA Again Among Top Fulbright Producers

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The University of Virginia is among the nation’s top producing schools of Fulbright scholars, the U.S. State Department said Monday. The department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs ranked UVA on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-18 Fulbright scholars. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

550 Students Around the World Compete to Stop the Next Pandemic

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On February 24 and March 3, more than 550 graduate students from around the globe will compete through computer-based simulated game play to combat a devastating pandemic during the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition.

From Colombia and France to Business School in the U.S., Augusto Torres Bozzi (Class of 2018) Talks Darden Experience, Community and Alumni Generosity

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After earning his bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, Augusto Torres Bozzi (Class of 2018) worked as a production engineer when he joined Saint-Gobain. Six months later, Augusto decided to pursue an MBA and, through his friend, learned about Darden and its renown.