GMBA orientation 2019
2019 GMBA Orientation: new semester, new stage of life

On September 8, we welcomed more than 60 new members to the GMBA family. The class of 2021 met each other for the first time and you could feel the excitement in the air — it was not only the start of a new academic year, but a new stage of their lives as well.  


As volunteers and GMBA staff finished setting up, the class of 2021 started to arrive in the Multi-Functional Activity Center and change into their matching bright blue polo shirts. Second year student Wellington Chow started the program with a warm welcome to the new GMBA-ers and introduced Professor Ke, a new CoM professor, who’d lead everyone in a team building activity.  


For the team building activity, the class of 2021 was divided into 9 groups to get to know each other better. In preparation for the coming classes, they were given case studies to read and discuss as a group, later sharing how they would approach the given case.  


After the team building session, GMBA 2021 had their first group photos taken as a class, a memory to look back at. The current students and alumni also had their chance to get their group photos taken. Afterwards, everyone proceeded to lunch, where GMBA-ers, fresh and experienced, were given the opportunity to talk and interact, getting tips and sharing experiences. During the lunch break, the new students were also given a moment to have their individual portraits taken.  


In the afternoon session, the GMBA director welcomed the new students, introducing the family they had joined with the GMBA program, mentioning that their class of over 60 has students from 20 different countries and a wide variety of industries and companies. Kai Shang, President of the GMBA Student Council also gave a brief speech on the council’s goals of connecting our members and past experiences in the GMBA program.  


Following a short coffee break, the students were introduced to Professor Miriam Garvi, who led them in the Strengths Finder Workshop. In this activity, the students learned more, not just about themselves but one another. It was an opportunity to see how in the future they would be able to complement one other and work well together.   After a long and enlightening day of orientation, the students were dismissed and invited to unwind over dinner with the Student Council and some of the current students close by.