GEMBA 8 begins!

The Global Executive MBA program welcomed its latest group of new students in June, and the 8th GEMBA cohort is already feeling very much a part of the University of Washington campus. Orientation started Monday, June 18th with a welcome address from Foster School Dean Jim Jiambalvo. This year our class represents 6 countries – China, Korea, Japan, Israel, Indonesia and India.

Orientation sessions were held on the Foster School library system and resources for academic research, the International Students and Scholars office, and academic and program logistics. A big, diverse group of GEMBA alumni joined us as well. Hendry Chendrawan (Indonesia), Jason Wang (China), Jimmy Foo (Taiwan), Minyoup Kim (Korea), Kenji Urabe (Japan), and Elena Sergieva (Bulgaria) shared insights into how to make the most of the time at the UW and in Seattle. We got lucky again with beautiful summer weather so we could have a barbeque out on Hogan Terrace for our lunch.

This week, we took a break from the classroom and enjoyed our annual trip to Tillicum Village. GEMBA staff, students and students’ families all joined in. We learned about Native American culture and enjoyed a delicious salmon lunch, though the children seemed a bit more excited about the ice cream on the boat ride!

When we are not playing in the sunshine, the GEMBA students are settling into Seattle, getting used to life on the UW campus, and studying hard. Global Strategy, Business Communications, Financial Accounting and Statistics are the subjects they’re taking this quarter. Everyone is doing very well so far and we are delighted to have this wonderful group with us at the Foster School!