Darden Launches New MBA for Executives Global Program

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business announced the launch yesterday of its new MBA for Executives Global (GEMBA) program.
The 20-month program is designed for experienced executives with a global mindset who seek to elevate their performance by pursuing an MBA degree while they continue to work full time.

Professor S. Venkataraman facilitated the design of the program, which will be based on Darden’s formula using the case study method, top-notch  teaching faculty and a tight-knit learning community.

Starting in Fall 2011, the Darden GEMBA program will bring together approximately 40 executives from diverse industries and backgrounds. Darden will begin accepting applications this fall and seeks applicants with 10 or more years of work experience, including significant management experience, and global leadership potential.

Each class will participate in six modules on such topics as “Leading the Global Enterprise” and “What’s Next? Creating the Future.” Two-week residencies will take place in several countries around the world, including India, China and the United States. The U.S. residency will include courses in Charlottesville, Virginia and nearby Washington, D.C.

Between modules, GEMBA students will continue to learn via online distance learning tools.

“This new MBA format will deliver the Darden Experience for which we are so well-known but in an international format. The program will enhance the skills of high-potential executives who need to be ready on day one to do business in any market around the globe,” said Darden’s Dean Robert F. Bruner, who officially announced the program Thursday at a reception in Shanghai, China.

“Participants will acquire essential knowledge and master the disciplines of business. They will learn to be effective in diverse cultures and contexts and will analyze their current business challenges with some of the brightest minds in the business world.”

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