Student Talks Transition From Shanghai to Charlottesville

21 June 2017

By Jay Hodgkins

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business draws dozens of students from around China to Charlottesville, Virginia, each year. What motivates these top international students to travel thousands of miles to obtain their MBA?

Matt Tao (Class of 2018) in a Q&A on the Darden Center for Global Initiatives’ Global Voices of Darden blog recently explained the appeal for him.

Why did you choose the University of Virginia Darden School of Business for your MBA?

Darden is a school that cultivates true business leaders, not just consultants or managers, which is the most important reason why I chose Darden. I talked to many alumni when I attended Darden’s information session in Shanghai, and I found that many alumni are successful leaders in different companies. Those alumni were all talented and humble, and I was convinced that Darden would help me become a great leader like them.

Tao also discussed adjusting to the case method as a non-English speaker, living in Charlottesville and advice for prospective students in the Q&A. Read the full blog here.

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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