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Darden to host forum in China

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business will host a two-day forum in Shanghai starting tomorrow to discuss the business climate in China and other parts of Asia.

The school’s inaugural Global Leadership Forum will include Dean Bob Bruner, school faculty, students of Darden’s Global MBA for Executives program, members of Darden’s Global Advisory Council and alumni.

The forum will include classes and discussion about the regional business climate and challenges facing executives who manage across continents and cultures.

Events will include a keynote address by Darden alumnus Scott Price, president and CEO of Walmart Asia and co-chair of the forum.

Darden Professor Paul Simko will teach a new case, “China Electric” with Darden alumnus Jerry Peng, who is managing director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) and a forum co-chair.

The Global Advisory Council includes Darden graduates from the school’s alumni network of 14,000 around the world, who have significant experience in the global marketplace and advise the school on its global activities and objectives.

Darden provides the opportunity for students of its three MBA programs to study in China. Executives in Darden’s Global Executive MBA program began a two-week residency in Beijing and Shanghai on May 6.

In addition, students from Darden’s full-time MBA program spent 10 days in China in March for a “Global Business Experience” course, and the MBA for Executives will spend a week in China in September.


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