Experiential learning is not new — apprenticeships and “secondee” systems have been practiced for centuries — but this valuable approach still has much to offer, especially once reimagined for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.
As a pilot project, one of us (Dave Burke) organized scholarship funds for a 15-day course on investing and entrepreneurship that took 12 undergraduate students at the University of Virginia to “classrooms” around the world: family investment firms in South Africa, sovereign wealth funds in the United Arab Emirates and financial management offices in Hong Kong.
A central exercise required each student to plan and moderate a conversation with an investment professional in front of their peers, forcing them to draw on and challenge their own knowledge by engaging with an expert in the field. By the end of the course, students felt these hands-on, home-turf encounters with leading practitioners had deepened their understanding and enhanced their confidence...
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Ambassador Brzezinski served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden from 2011 to 2015. Most recently, he was a partner in the Washington, DC office of McGuire Woods law firm, specializing in anti-corruption law. From 1999 to 2001, Ambassador Brzezinski served as a Director on the National Security Council in the White House.