From the Dean: September 2016

September 28, 2016


chrite-brentThe start of the 2016-2017 academic year marked the launch of The Denver MBA, a program that exemplifies the Daniels Difference—our approach to management education that is anything but business as usual.

Following close examination of our full-time MBA program, months of research with our many stakeholders, and an in-depth review of the current management landscape, we crafted The Denver MBA, which hinges on the concept of challenge-driven education. Over the course of 20 months, students will engage in four core challenges that take them out of the classroom and into the real world of business: they will build a start-up; they will support an organization working for the social good; they will develop solutions to a corporate problem; and, finally, they will travel outside the U.S. to work across cultures. All of this happens in concert with customized leadership development at every step of the program.

The Denver MBA, supported by rigorous, integrated learning modules, represents the leading edge in graduate management education. The program ensures that, through a challenge-driven educational methodology, our students emerge from Daniels market-ready and with a deep understanding of their strengths as leaders and opportunities for growth. This comprehensive, immersive approach helps set us apart from our competitors. This is the Daniels Difference.

Against this backdrop of challenge-driven education, market-readiness and leadership development that is enriched by the Daniels legacy, we continue to foster partnerships, near and far, which complement our students’ education and enhance their experience. Earlier this month, we hosted the daylong Smart Cities Conference organized by our Executive Education program that brought global thought leaders to DU to discuss technology and the world’s smart cities. The event was held in tandem with Daniels’ longstanding Voices of Experience speaker series, for a discussion with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions President Jim Doyle about the smart city initiative being planned for the area surrounding Denver International Airport.

Working with DU’s Project X-ITE, we also sponsored three panel discussions for Denver Startup Week that brought entrepreneurs from Israel to the Mile High City to explore clean tech and energy, international economic partnerships, and the development of healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems in the U.S. and Israel.

Exciting things are happening at the College, and we’re eager to demonstrate the Daniels Difference in everything we do. Thank you for your continued support of Daniels during this transformational time.

 

Sincerely,

Elrie LaBrent “Brent” Chrite, PhD
Dean