Recap: Our First Student Immersion Weekend
“This is a watershed moment for higher education,” as Jim Dean, UNC Kenan-Flagler dean, said in his welcome to students. Students who had been studying together online since July greeted each other with obvious pleasure, as did the group who began in October. A few members of the new class that begins in January began their MBA@UNC experience with the immersion. At the end of each quarter, MBA@UNC students have the opportunity to attend in-person immersions. The focus of last weekend’s immersion was leadership development to help our students develop a better understanding of their strengths in the context of team collaboration and individual work. “Leadership is something you can always get better at, but never master,” said Dean, setting the tone for our immersion. Students participated in simulations and sessions on design thinking, networking, persuasion and influence, team dynamics and mindfulness, as well as career coaching. In addition, they heard from UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp and took a campus tour led by Doug Shackelford, associate dean of MBA@UNC and a UNC graduate. They had a classic Carolina experience when they attended a men’s basketball game at the Dean E. Smith Center and had dinner on Franklin Street. By the end of weekend, our students had strengthened their relationships, gained a wealth of knowledge from our faculty and leadership team, and left energized about their MBA@UNC experiences, both online and off. Classes resumed online as we prepare to welcome a new group of students on Jan. 2. We will come together again in March for our San Francisco immersion, followed by our London immersion in June.