Chile, the United States and Asia with Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile to the United States
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The scale and influence of the CGM has grown tremendously - within UCLA Anderson, across the UCLA campus and externally in the global business, academic, nonprofit and alumni communities. Our coverage of regions, topics and issues continues to further advance the global strategy of UCLA Anderson and the academic and research mission of the university. We have focused on enhancing the UCLA Anderson experience and strengthening intellectual and social connections and have sought more opportunities to embrace and integrate alumni into our programming. Expansion of internal and external partnerships, promotion of student-faculty collaboration and investment in global research and course development efforts of faculty and doctoral students that advance global management thinking have further helped to strengthen the reputation and footprint of UCLA Anderson and UCLA globally.
In April, the annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference celebrated its 10th anniversary at UCLA Anderson and brought together successful U.S. and Chinese leaders, investors and influencers who shared their thoughts on the future of the U.S.-Sino relationship. The annual Latin American Business Conference addressed the future of the region as it returns to stronger economic growth and continues in its social transformation. UCLA Anderson was also the proud host of the fifth annual MBA Chile Conference that promotes the gathering of Chilean MBA students in the United States and provides a platform for discussion on important issues facing the country and the region. We hosted important and influential business leaders, philanthropists, world-renowned authors, economists and government officials who shared insights on key regions of the world and discussed critical issues that impact global business, leadership and the political economy. Global forums brought together business and law students for discussions on Brexit, Greece's debt crisis and the future of Europe, and climate change and the environment. Through our partnership with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, students heard from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke and UC President Janet Napolitano.
Programming and global immersion opportunities that focused on the school's target regions of Asia and Latin America provided memorable and impactful learning experiences. Over 970 students enrolled in 11 different on-campus global management electives as well as eight global immersion courses. They traveled abroad and studied the economy, political environment, major industries and businesses and key historical events of the countries they visited and experienced local culture, learning about the many aspects of conducting business in Austria and the Czech Republic, Brazil, Chile, China, Greece, India, Israel and Vietnam. We witnessed significant growth in our global management seminars and welcomed students from top institutions in Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. The CGM continued to support international field study projects focused on social enterprise and community impact, including telemedicine, mobile health, conservation and social entrepreneurship. We supported 17 teams to carry out primary research in Bali, Chile, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Zambia.
Each year, we become increasingly energized by and grateful for the support and active engagement of faculty and alumni around the world. the wisdom and generous support of our board members play a crucial role in guiding and shaping the next generation of global leaders through mentorship of our students and engagement in our programs. We are invigorated by the growing number of engaged, intelligent and passionate students who share a desire to develop a global perspective and mindset and increase their understanding of global cultures and markets. Our international culture and diversity enrich the UCLA Anderson experience for everyone. We look forward to continuing to provide a vital and innovative platform on which to engage, network and feel connected to the world around us, deepening the global roots of the school and advancing UCLA Anderson as a global thought leader.
Sebastian Edwards and Lucy E. Allard ('06)
Faculty Director and Executive Director, Center for Global Management