• Economy in Transition

    What Will students gain from this program?

    Students will leave this course with:

    • Deeper understanding of Cuba’s history, business context and economy, political and social context, and culture, with the ability to compare this to their own home and other global contexts that they have experienced
    • Insights into economic and social transition in the case of Cuba and how to think about what this kind of transition looks like in isolated or emerging economies
    • Broader global insights and mindset from immersion in a new business context and ability to connect cultural, social, political, economic and other factors in understanding this context
    • Critical reflection on the role of business leaders in economies in transition and the ability to learn and understand different political and social contexts and their implications
    • Students will be encouraged to develop and investigate actual business opportunities that may be leveraged in the coming years

    Academic Program Overview

    This course will start with 3 seminars at Darden with supporting materials to provide basic knowledge of Cuba’s history, economy, business context, culture and politics.

    Students will then spend eight days in Cuba, meeting with a variety of influential leaders in different sectors. Potential meetings include: business leaders in joint ventures, government officials, the U.S. Interests Section, faculty at the University of Havana, and the Mariel Port and Free Trade Zone. Students will also spend some time exploring Cuba’s culture and religious life at select museums.

    Faculty Lead

    Marc Lipson


    Sunday, 7 January – Sunday, 14 January 2018

    What have past participants said about this program?

    "The class opened my eyes to a totally different kind of societal structure. It is important to learn about cultures very different from your own to see where you can find common ground. Sometimes we will work in countries with severe limitations, and the experience in Cuba helped us see how that is possible."

    "The openness of the professors allowing us to ask a wide range of controversial questions to Cubans was very important to my experience and truly allowed me to learn about their way of life and sentiments towards their government. This in particular was one reason why the program exceeded my expectations."

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