Darden Launches iLab, New Global Business Experiences

This Friday, the Darden School of Business and the Batten Institute will unveil the new innovation laboratory, or i.Lab, which the school calls a state-of-the-art learning environment meant to inspire a new approach to teaching innovation and entrepreneurship.

New York Times bestselling-author Daniel Pink, who has written extensively about the rise of right-brain thinkers, will speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. EST and will be video streamed live at www.darden.virginia.edu/iLab and available online 60-days after the event.

Elizabeth O’Halloran, managing director of the Batten Institute, says that “In these challenging economic times, the i.Lab makes possible an effectual, multi-disciplinary approach to entrepreneurship and innovation, providing students a powerful and relevant skill set to succeed and excel in today’s global marketplace.”

Darden also recently announced the launch of new Global Business Experiences–one-to-two week courses that take place in countries around the world each spring. The programs highlight how to do business in each country and introduce students to both cultural and business protocol through classes at partner schools, company visits and meetings with prominent political and business leaders.

This year, first and second-year Darden students will travel at mid-term break to Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, India, Mexico, Spain and Sweden, and ”“ for the first time ”“ to Egypt and then to Israel in May.

Professor Gal Raz, who teaches operations and supply chain management at Darden, says this GBE is unique in its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in Israel; students will  work on an actual project to develop a business plan to bring a product to the U.S. market.

For more on the GBE program, the video below shows interviews with three participants from the MBA class of 2009 explaining why they took advantage of this internationally focused program at Darden.

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