The Wharton School is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Starting this month, the School will begin a 16-month celebration of its founding—and the origin of collegiate business education in the world.
Wharton 125, the anniversary celebrations, will launch with three major events:
A Global Alumni Forum in Mumbai, India, was held January 5-7: The event was attended by alumni, faculty, students and government and business leaders from throughout Asia.
A Kick-off Event for Faculty, Students and Staff on Campus, January 18: The Wharton on-campus community will gather to celebrate the 125th anniversary and the School’s place in history as the founder of business education; 4-6 p.m., Patty and Jay H. Baker Forum, Jon M. Huntsman Hall.
Wharton Economic Summit in New York City, February 1: Senior faculty, alumni, and industry leaders will tackle major topics that impact business around the world.
Additional events are planned in more than 20 cities across the globe such as Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
“In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton had the most radical idea in the history of business: the establishment of the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania,” said Wharton School Dean Patrick Harker. “No other single idea–and no single institution–has had such a dramatic, transformational effect on the way business is conducted in the global market.”
Creating the world’s first business school was only the beginning of the Wharton School’s history of leadership. The School has produced Nobel Prize winners, creators and leaders of the world’s top companies, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, ambassadors, heads of state, and the world’s most published and cited business faculty. Wharton has generated groundbreaking theories and best practices that have driven business and economic growth the world over–as well as the people who put that knowledge to work.
A special closing event, an alumni forum and reunion, will be held in Philadelphia April 12-14, 2007. Visit Wharton’s website, http://125th.wharton.upenn.edu, for more information.