Darden's Center for Global Initiatives designs and delivers International Partner Programs (IPPs) that bring students from partner institutions and educational leaders from around the world to Darden for a 1 - 2 week themed-based program with courses taught by Darden faculty. Participants get to experience the Darden case-based method in the classroom and be engaged in the larger Darden community.
International Partner Programs in 2012-2013 included:
- Executive MBA students from Insper, the Institute of Education and Research, in Sao Paulo, Brazil came to Darden for one week to learn about networks and the process by which domestic businesses becomes global, and confronted the challenges of building networks across national boundaries.
- DCGI hosted senior leaders from the University of Lagos (Unilag) for a program that focused on the development of massive open online course (MOOC) technology and strategic planning for the launch of a "Knowledge Hub" at Unilag. During the program Darden faculty facilitated a strategic planning effort, assisting the Unilag leadership team in designing their mission, strategy, goals and an action plan for the academic year 2013-14. Charlottesville's local news station, NBC29, highlighted this program in their news coverage.
- IAE is the Management and Business School of the Universidad Austral located in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Last year IAE sent Executive MBA students to Darden for a one-week program to increase their knowledge in areas such as bargaining and negotiation, ethics, and implicit decisions. The group also traveled to Washington D.C. for company visits and class sessions.
- The HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich, Switzerland is a member of the Universities of Applied Sciences of Zurich. HWZ sent Master of Science and Executive MBA students on a IPP that centered around courses on marketing, general management, and business ethics and included case discussions and simulations along with business visits to the VCU Brand Center, Profet, and DuPont.
- DCGI welcomed senior leaders from the Lagos State School System in Nigeria for a two-week education leadership executive strategy program, as part of the World Bank’s Lagos Eko Project, which works to enhance learning outcomes and the overall standard of education in secondary schools in Nigeria. These education executives focused on strategic planning, change management, design thinking, best practices in education reform and creating a vision for their schools. Read more about this IPP in our Darden News.