Darden’s engagement in China and East Asia runs deep, with support on the ground from the UVA China Office in Shanghai's Xuhui District, regular student programming, an active alumni network, events, and thought leadership led by the Asia Initiative.
Courses in China
Students in Darden's full-time MBA and Executive MBA formats participate in courses and global residencies in China, organized by Darden's Center for Global Initiatives. Class of 2020 Executive MBA student Candie Jones described her experiences in Shanghai and Beijing in the Global Voices of Darden blog.
Darden Professor Dennis Yang is academic director of the Asia Initiative. His research focuses primarily on economic development and growth, as well as labor economics, especially in the context of China and economic transition.
Chinese Students at Darden
Students with international backgrounds make up roughly a third of Darden's full-time MBA class and play a vital role in the classroom and student life. The Asia Business Club at Darden hosted the School's first-ever Asia Week, which shares a comprehensive view of Asia from economic, cultural, art and lifestyle perspectives.
Ongoing Events in East Asia
Global Content in the Classroom
Global content is infused throughout the Darden curriculum. For example, just as Shanghai Disney Resort was opening its doors in China's most populous city, Darden Professor Elliott Weiss presented a Darden case to examine if Disney's magic would catch in the Shanghai market and the historical performance of Disney's parks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris.
The Asia Initiative provides a leading platform for pioneering research and ideas and serves as a hub of global activities to connect Darden to this critical region of the world. Here are some ideas we're thinking about.
- CEIBS Wealth Forum: Technology Offers New Investment Opportunities Amid US-China Trade Worries, Uncertain Economic Outlook
- Does Anyone Win in a US-China Trade War?
- Growing Family Business in Emerging Markets
- The Power of One: East Meets West in Strategy
A Shortlist of Darden Alumni in China
Jin Wei (MBA ’99) — Darden China Alumni Chapter Leader
Managing Director, Prudential Financial
Shaojian Zhang (MBA ’99) — Darden China Alumni Chapter Leader
CEO, Haier Intelligent Equipment Business
Sabine Yu Wu (MBA ’05)
Vice General Manager of Strategy, Tencent
Ye Hai (MBA ’04)
Partner, McKinsey & Co.
Vivian Jin Yu (MBA ’03)
Mobility Service Director, SAIC General Motors
Allen Feng (MBA ’16)
Partner, MetroDataTech, named to Forbes' Asia 2018 "30 Under 30 Enterprise Technology" list
Jimmy Wei (MBA ’02)
Managing Partner, Pivotal Bioventure China
Adam Cui (MBA ’04)
Managing Director, AB Agri China
Leon Qiang (MBA ’16)
Principal Strategy & Insights Manager, Gaming & Apps, Google
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