McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml joined a delegation of top UVA administrators, leading faculty members, and distinguished alumni and friends as the University marked the official opening of its office in Shanghai, China, March 6 and 7, 2015. The two-day celebration, which included a high-level conference on China’s rapid urbanization as well as a formal gala event, kicked off 12 months of comprehensive academic and engagement programming collectively titled “The Year of UVA Opening in China.”
In a March 7, 2015, interview published in China’s widely read International Finance News, Finance Professor and Associate Dean for Global Initiatives Peter Maillet offers expert commentary on a range of key global financial issues, including the implications of America’s post-crisis economic recovery, the significance of falling oil prices, and the outlook for global currency valuations.
While some students might think of spring break as time for a surfing safari, 15 UVA students chose instead to ride the wave of the future, traveling on a “Digital Safari,” led by Information Technology Professor Ryan Nelson through California’s Silicon Valley.
Whether it’s crossing disciplines, breaking down silos, or thinking outside the box, everyone’s talking about boundary spanning as the key to solving the world’s toughest problems. So why isn’t everyone doing it?
As a young girl living with her family in Jakarta, Indonesia, Karissa “Nanette” Nanetta (McIntire ’11) witnessed the riots that swept through the city during the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis. “I realized [the riots] were the result of enormous economic frustration,” she says. “I came to believe that if you could provide people with opportunities to alleviate their poverty, you could prevent a lot of these kinds of explosive situations.” Now serving as one of five Kiva Zip Fellow volunteers in Nairobi, Kenya, Nanette is turning that belief into action.
Everyone’s talking about big data—but what exactly is big data, and why is it such a big deal? Moreover, what kind of job opportunities are out there for students who are keen on the subject? It was these questions, among a host of related others, that were expertly addressed by Information Technology Professor Jingjing Li and Capital One CIO Rob Alexander during two big data information sessions held earlier this semester at the McIntire School. Offered to fourth-year McIntire data analytics students and M.S. in MIT students, the sessions marked the first such comprehensive student-oriented big data event the School has hosted.
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