Besides developing its academic areas from accounting to technology, Darden also advances research initiatives through the Batten Initiative, the Mayo Center for Asset Management, Darden Center for Global Initiatives, the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, the Behavioral Research at Darden Lab, etc.
Darden faculty regularly publish books and articles in academic and user-oriented journals and help conduct seminars and workshops. Darden offers the MBA degree in three formats: full-time MBA, Executive MBA, and the Global Executive MBA.
The curriculum imparts knowledge on General Management principles.
All students study the same core areas in the first four terms of the first year, including financial management and policies, accounting for managers, marketing, operations management, management communication, global economies and markets, and strategic thinking.
The Downtown Mall, an outdoor pedestrian mall, the Paramount Theater, the Virginia Discovery Museum, the Corner and West Main Street commercial districts, and film, art, and book exhibitions are well worth visiting.
The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, lies on Charlottesville’s southwestern border, and is, along with Monticello, Jefferson’s primary plantation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The case study method presents students with real-life business situations through discussions with peers and faculty members.Specialty courses outside the core areas, such as healthcare, energy, media, real estate, and technology, are available.Experiential learning includes visits to companies abroad and in the US, and participation in leadership clubs, consulting projects, and entrepreneurship competitions.The final term is the time to choose electives from a hundred difference choices.The Darden buildings were designed by the famous American architect Robert AM Stern, in conformity with Jefferson’s vision for the university.The campus accommodates a full-service hotel, dining facilities for 400 people, a 450-seat auditorium, a video production unit, and the Camp Library with 100,000 volumes, 1,100 periodicals, and 120 online databases.A Ph D program and various executive education programs are also available.The core curriculum and the faculty team that teaches the programs are the same.Darden was a champion of public education and recognized the importance of developing the education system.He successfully led a campaign to establish a graduate business school in southern US, keenly aware that managerial talent need to be fostered to fuel economic growth. The Darden School is situated in Charlottesville, Virginia, in a rural setting among the Blue Ridge Mountains that offers an environment for contemplation and learning, collaboration and innovation.