Chapel Hill: December 2013
Developing Leaders for a Complex World
In December 2013, MBA@UNC students traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus for the final global immersion of 2013. The annual UNC-Chapel Hill immersion gives students the opportunity to come together with classmates and professors, explore the campus, network with the Tar Heel community and engage in collaborative exercises designed to build both personal and professional relationships.
The best piece of advice I got as a prospective student was to not miss the Chapel Hill immersion. Being able to reinforce what a special place Chapel Hill is, see the quality of the faculty in person and be able to deepen some of those relationships you've already begun during your evening classes has really been valuable.
A Customized Learning Experience
The 2013 Chapel Hill immersion was broken into three unique tracks of study — leadership, consulting and health care. Students were able to customize their immersion experience based on their interests, and each track offered opportunities to learn from industry experts, UNC faculty and fellow students during group activities.
One of the highlights of the immersion came in the form of the Lenovo Consulting Case Competition. Students broke into groups and were tasked with acting as consultants for Lenovo and looking at future strategies to grow and develop new business lines.
Immersions are great. It starts as a requirement, but what surprised me was that you really develop a sense of community with your classmates. Immersions are an opportunity to meet everyone, to put names with faces and to really spend some time developing relationships.
Networking With Faculty and Peers
The global immersion experience gives students the opportunity to explore the local culture and engage in social settings outside the classroom. In Chapel Hill, students participated in a walking tour of the campus, guided by the dean of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Doug Shackelford. In keeping with the theme of immersing themselves in the UNC community, students also attended a men’s basketball game to watch the Tar Heels take down the Davidson Wildcats.
One of the reasons the immersions are so important is that you do actually get to spend face-to-face time with not only your classmates, but also the dean, the people running the program and the professors. You get to interact with them on a very, very personal level.