New ‘Global Collaboration’ Course Brings Cross-Sector Luminaries to UVA Darden

By Dave Hendrick

A new course at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business will bring together leaders, including a former U.S. Senator and top World Bank officials, from the business, public policy, health care and energy sectors for in-depth classroom discussions on a host of complex global issues.

Darden Professor Alan Beckenstein co-created the course, “Global Collaboration in an Uncertain Economy,” with Peter Prowitt (MBA ’81), a Darden lecturer and head of global government relations at GE Aviation, and Robert Kyle, a senior partner with expertise in international law at Hogan and Lovells and former White House trade counsel in the administration of President Bill Clinton.

“I have always been a strong believer in the depth of learning that occurs when students can engage directly with practitioners and decision-makers,” said Beckenstein. “We’ve assembled an incredible roster of true leaders in their respective fields — I’m grateful for their partnership and excited for the conversations.”

Specific classes and instructors include:

  • “Paths for the Post-Covid State & Forecasts of Drivers for the Future,” taught by Beckenstein and Kyle
  • “Understanding Potential US-China Decoupling: Macro Trends, Industry Impacts, and Governmental Engagement,” taught by former U.S. Senator Max Baucus
  • “World Bank and IMF Perspectives on Global Collaboration in an Uncertain World,” taught by Acting Vice President of the World Bank Dr. Ayhan Kose
  • “Global Health Issues — Government and Collaborative Programs,” taught by Emilio Emini, director of the TB and HIV program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • “Global Resilience and Collaboration: The Perspective of MNEs,” taught by Prowitt
  • “Economic and Other Shocks and the Impact of Globalization/Deglobalization,” taught by Beckenstein
  • “America in the World: Historical and Current Perspectives on Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” taught by former President of the World Bank and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick
  • “The Paris Agreement,” taught by Kyle
  • “Climate Change and Collaborations,” taught by CEO of Alcade & Fay and chairman of the UVA Foundation Kevin Fay

The five-day virtual course begins 11 March and includes 19 UVA students — 14 from Darden and five students pursuing a master’s of public policy at UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Prowitt has co-taught the “Business-Government Relations” course with Beckenstein for more than two decades, and Kyle has led Darden courses in various formats, including in Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning’s The Executive Program.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

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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