The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce celebrated the inaugural graduates of its M.S. in Global Commerce Program during a graduation ceremony June 16, 2017, at partner institution ESADE Business School, in Barcelona, Spain. Because of a unique alliance among three globally renowned institutions, the 58 students, who completed a rigorous yearlong learning journey that took them across three continents, earned master’s degrees from both UVA and ESADE, as well as a certificate in international business from Sun Yat-sen University’s Lingnan College in Guangzhou, China.
Hailing from 14 different countries, the students began the year by spending four months at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., learning global strategic management. They then moved to China for a nine-week study of global project financing and operations in Guangzhou and concluded with 15 weeks at ESADE’s Barcelona campus, where they examined global innovation and alliances.
The class gained unique insights from immersive experiences throughout the program. Partnerships with businesses and government organizations included the Food and Drug Administration and Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.; aerial drone manufacturer DJI Technologies in China; and the European branches of Google and Bloomberg. Coursework also provided training specific to each local market, with classes focusing on the regional context of doing business in the United States, China, and Europe.
“This program and our first graduates should serve as a true global model,” said McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml. “As educators, we have a responsibility, particularly in today’s world, to help students understand and work with people throughout the world.”
“The global business environment is becoming more complex and interconnected than ever,” commented Josep Franch, Dean of ESADE Business School. “New multinational companies are increasingly demanding young executives with an international outlook, who are capable of successfully implementing global strategies and managing diverse multicultural teams.”
“Our three schools work closely together with an aim to train future business leaders who can meet society’s demands with excellent global skills and cultural awareness,” added Jun Lu, Executive Dean of Lingnan (University) College.
Addressing graduation attendees, Zeithaml expressed a positive counter-vision to the notion that the business world receives its share of blame for the world’s problems, saying, “Commerce can be a tremendous catalyst for bringing people together in positive, productive ways. I truly believe that, through programs that create real, thoughtful, and meaningful engagement with other people, we can build not only better businesses, but a better world.”
The program is already yielding positive results for the new graduates. McIntire undergraduate alumna Sierra Prochna came back for the new graduate program. She credited the experience with introducing her to the intricacies of different cultures, responding quickly to unexpected situations, and working well in global teams. Like many of her successful fellow students, her travels have only just begun: Prochna will soon join Rolls-Royce’s rotational program, trekking across the U.S. and around the globe for the multinational power systems manufacturer.
About the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia
For more than 90 years, the McIntire School of Commerce has been regarded as one of the finest business schools in the United States, offering world-class programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. McIntire is widely recognized for its unwavering pursuit of excellence, both in teaching and in research, and for its commitment to producing thoughtful, innovative graduates who become leaders in global business and society. In the nine consecutive years (2006-2014) that Bloomberg Businessweek ranked American undergraduate business programs, the McIntire program is the only one to have been ranked either first or second each year. The School’s graduate programs have likewise received numerous accolades, including the M.S. in Commerce Program being ranked the #2 master’s in management program worldwide by The Economist in 2017 and the M.S. in Accounting being ranked #1 by faculty size by Public Accounting Report 2015. Housed within the esteemed University of Virginia, McIntire is home to an internationally diverse community of students and faculty, each of whom contribute to—and benefit from—the School’s innovative, real-world approach to global business education.
About Lingnan (University) College (Sun Yat-sen University)
Originating from Lingnan University, a private university established in the late 19th century, Lingnan (University) College was reestablished in 1989 within Sun Yat-sen University. Lingnan has been consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in China for its academic excellence and international standing. Lingnan is one of the few business schools in China with triple-crown international accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB, and the Associations of MBA programs International. In 1998, the College established the international M.B.A. program in cooperation with MIT Sloan School of Management, and in 1999, it created the first joint executive M.B.A. programs in China with the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
About ESADE and ESADE Alumni
Founded in 1958, ESADE Business and Law School has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and a presence in São Paulo, Lima, Mexico City, Bogotá, Santiago, and Buenos Aires. It has partnership agreements with more than 100 universities and business schools worldwide. Each year, more than 11,000 students participate in its programs (M.B.A. and executive education, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business administration and law). ESADE Alumni, the school’s alumni association, is 60,000 members strong, including more than 17,500 members in management positions at enterprises around the globe. Through its 72 professional groups, the association promotes continuing education, professional development, and entrepreneurship. The network includes members of 126 different nationalities located in more than 100 countries around the world, and it has been organizing the project "Alumni Giving Back" since 2006 – the first of its kind in Europe – through which more than 1,500 alumni have voluntarily contributed their talent, experience, and management skills to 200 third-sector companies. In addition, the association’s investors’ network, ESADE BAN, was named the country’s best business angels network by the Spanish Business Angels Association. ESADE Business School also participates in the ESADECREAPOLIS business park, a pioneering innovation center that brings together academia and the world of business. With a clear international orientation, ESADE is consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools by the leading rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, and América Economía). ESADE is a member of Ramon Llull University.