Yale President Peter Salovey Welcomes New SOM Students

Speaking at Edward P. Evans Hall on August 14, Yale University President Peter Salovey told new Yale SOM students they will be better equipped to work in a global economy because of their exposure to a diverse, global student body. He spoke on the first day of orientation for new master’s degree program students, urging students to take advantage of all of the options Yale has to offer.

“We want to be the most international American business school,” Salovey said in Evans Hall’s Zhang Auditorium, speaking to new students in the full-time MBA, Master of Advanced Management, and Master of Management Studies in Systemic Risk programs. “Yale benefits from being a global research university. The reason is obvious: business is global, management is global, and the world has gotten smaller. Our students are better equipped to lead and serve all sectors of society because their education at Yale SOM provides a wide variety of international experiences.”  

Salovey said that Yale’s small size allows Yale SOM to be closely connected to other programs across the university, providing opportunities for students to engage with a variety of disciplines and broaden their worldviews. He noted that there are opportunities for students to pursue joint degrees with a variety of other degree programs.

“Yale has 12 professional schools, 53 PhD programs, and about 80 undergraduate majors,” Salovey said. “Most of them are run on a relatively modest scale. When we operate with a broad scope and a modest scale, we can bring our immense expertise and resources together more easily.”