The MBA Class of 2016 and Master of Advanced Management (MAM) Class of 2015 began a weeklong program of orientation activities on August 18 with introductory talks from the school's leadership.
This year's orientation program marks two notable firsts: it's the first held in Edward P. Evans Hall, and it's the first to integrate MBA students with MAM students from day one; the latter are graduates of other schools in the Global Network for Advanced Management.
In his welcome address to students, Dean Edward A. Snyder highlighted the importance of the joint orientation. Developing a global mind-set as well as the cross-cultural skills to leverage human capital from around the world will be a key component of success for leaders in coming decades, he said.
"This is a mission-driven place, where the founding mission matters," Snyder told the incoming students. "One of our aspirations is to become recognized as the most global U.S. business school. The people in this room represent a big increment in becoming the most global."
You are here because you value the school’s deep and broad connections to the rest of the university.
Senior Associate Dean David Bach noted that 54% of incoming students come from another country or hold dual citizenships, while even more have international work experience or have studied abroad. The MAM class has grown from just 20 students two years ago to 62 in the incoming class, highlighting the school's rapid development in this area.
"They come here with work experience and with academic experience in the world and really add tremendously to our community in making us a lot more global," Bach said.
Anjani Jain, senior associate dean for the MBA program, encouraged students to use all of the resources available at the university to further their potential as leaders.
“You are here because you value the school's deep and broad connections to the rest of the university," Jain said. "You're here because you realize that business problems require practical solutions, yet they're often beset with ever-changing complexities that defy common sense and require the most rigorous application of analysis."
In the coming week, the new Yale SOM students will, in addition to learning how to log in to their email and where to find their lockers, start building relationships that will last a lifetime. MAM and MBA students will also start thinking about global business challenges through a team project in which they will be asked to develop an idea about how the rapid expansion and growth of telecommunications technology can address a global business or societal problem.