The Global Executive MBA program welcomed its latest group of new students last month, and our 7th year as a program is off to a wonderful start. The GEMBA 7 orientation was held on Monday, June 19th, and we began by welcoming a class of students from 5 different countries – USA, China, Japan, Korea and India – with a greeting from Foster School Dean Jim Jiambalvo.
Orientation sessions were held on the Foster School library system and resources for academic research, the Writing Center at Odegaard Library, the International Students and Scholars office, and academic and program logistics. We were fortunate to be joined by recent GEMBA alumni Francisca Bravo (Chile), Hendry Chendrawan (Indonesia) and Daigo Mori (Japan). Our alumni shared insights into how to make the most of the time at the UW and in Seattle. A traditional American BBQ lunch was shared with our GEMBA students, staff and some Foster School faculty on Hogan Terrace, and luckily it was not raining!
Shortly after the academic year began, GEMBA staff, students and students’ families took a trip to a beloved Seattle-area attraction, Tillicum Village. It’s an annual summer tradition for the program. We learned about Native American culture and enjoyed a delicious salmon lunch. We were lucky to have a gorgeous day for the boat ride, too.
Mostly, though, this quarter has involved rigorous study and teamwork for the Global Executive MBA students. Summer quarter is an intensive one, with the students taking courses in Global Strategy, Business Communications, Financial Accounting and Statistics. All indications are that our students are performing wonderfully so far, and we are all very much looking forward to the next 11 months together!