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School Welcomes MBA Students from 16 Countries

August 27, 2009
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MBA Students participating in some of the activities
at the teambuilding retreat at the Herbert Wellness
Center.

The School is welcoming a new class of 87 full-time MBA students representing 16 countries this fall. The students got acquainted with fellow classmates, alumni, and faculty and began the adjustment to classroom life during a four-day orientation held Aug. 18 to 21. The orientation included a teambuilding retreat at the Herbert Wellness Center, opportunities to meet and hear from the dean and faculty, and class exercises to help prepare them for the rigorous two year MBA program ahead.

“We have a wonderful program, but what it will be for you is dependent on you,” said Anuj Mehrotra, vice dean of graduate business programs, at a welcome luncheon. “What you put in is what you will get out of the program,” added Mehrotra, who encouraged students to take advantage of the many opportunities that will be offered during the program.

International students comprise 25 percent of the class, representing Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Honduras, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and Venezuela. Students also represent diverse undergraduate educational backgrounds including accounting, economics, electrical engineering, architecture, prelaw, chemical engineering, computer science, international relations, and psychology.

“Miami is an increasingly important business sector so I felt it was the right place to come,” said Darryl Doonie, a student from Canada. “I am most excited about the opportunities I will have after graduation and the internships that will become available to me during this program.”

The teambuilding retreat, a new addition to the orientation agenda, was intended to break down barriers within the class, build familiarity and encourage students to become comfortable working in groups. Each student’s top five attributes were identified in a questionnaire to show the value in developing successful, diverse groups based on each other’s strengths.

Two events were included to foster alumni student relationships and networking and give students a 360 degree view of the role of the School. The Alumni Meet and Greet provided the first networking opportunity of the year for students to meet with recent graduates. Students closed the week with the Alumni Experience, where they heard from Patricio Rubalcaba, vice president of strategic partnerships at MasterCard International and Henry L. Pujol, vice president, Corporate Controller Finance at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, both alumni of the School.

MBA Students

Teambuilding activities were designed to break down
barriers and foster strong group relationships.

    

The robust orientation agenda included academic experience and a preview of course work. Students were asked to apply their teambuilding knowledge in groups during a professor-led case analysis and discussion.

Current students and alumni, who met with the new students, encouraged them to fully use resources offered including faculty relationships, career services offered by the Sanford L. Ziff Graduate Career Services Center, and even gave tips on the best study spots.

“These two years provide your best networking [opportunity]. Most of you will remain in contact throughout your whole career,” said Jason Porter a 2009 MBA alumnus and associate at Cross Keys Capital LLC. “The world is much smaller than it used to be and this program is a great place to start building upon your existing network.”

The School’s full-time MBA program was recently ranked no. 43 in Forbes magazine’s ranking of business schools which ranks MBA programs based on return on investment--meaning compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and the forgone salary during school.

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