Why Darden? Students, Faculty and Dean Beardsley Make the Case

By Dave Hendrick

The business school-focused publication Poets & Quants recently came to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, with Editor-in-Chief John Byrne spending time with Dean Scott Beardsley, Professor Lalin Anik and a host of students to learn more about the School’s unique culture and education experience, which has been ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by The Economist nine years in a row.

In the first video, which includes students meeting in Beardsley’s home on the UVA Lawn, the dean discusses the mission-driven Darden MBA, record-breaking career outcomes and the impact of new scholarships at the School, among other topics.

Darden Professor Lalin Anik has made a splash since coming to Darden, drawing accolades on and off Grounds for her insightful research and commitment to teaching excellence and the development of her students. In this video, Anik discusses the unique Darden classroom and what she hopes each student takes away from the experience.

In this video, a group of Darden Second Year students explain what they’ve gotten out of their Darden experience, including how they’ve gained a comprehensive understanding of both global business and their own abilities.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. 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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