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Chicago Booth Gears Up to Welcome Summer Business Scholars

summer business scholarsWant to test drive an MBA? The University of Chicago Booth School of Business provides an opportunity to do just that through its Summer Business Scholars Program (SBSP). This unique program convenes participants from around the globe on Booth’s campus for three weeks during the summer to study accounting, finance, marketing and leadership while gaining valuable career development insight and networking opportunities with Chicago-based companies.

The goal of the SBSP is to give participating scholars a unique opportunity to learn business principles and gain hands-on experience before starting their careers. This year, Chicago Booth has carefully reviewed applications to assemble a diverse group of 65 participants from 25 different countries. Beyond their international diversity, the group also represents a wide range of undergraduate majors, from economics to art history to biomedical engineering. Continue reading…

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Stanford GSB Admissions Gears Up to Host East Coast Information Sessions

Stanford GSBAre you considering Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) but unable to head to Palo Alto now to see the campus first hand? We’ve got good news for prospective applicants on the East Coast: Members of the Stanford GSB admissions team will be joined by Stanford MBA alumni for a series of events from Washington, DC to Boston between now and September.

Get an overview of the MBA program from admissions representatives, hear about student life from those who have experienced it and ask any questions you have about the school or its admissions process. On tap are both general information sessions and sessions designed specifically for female prospective applicants and for prospective applicants of color. Advanced registration is required—sign up now to reserve your spot.

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Cornell’s Johnson School Admission Director Shares Excitement about Forté Conference

Judi-Byers-2Current MBA students and alumni from leading schools around the country and the globe convened yesterday and today for the 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, held this year at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Representatives from Forté’s sponsor schools are as important a part of the conference as the student attendees. Admissions directors and others from Forté’s 48 sponsor schools attend in order to meet students, learn from speakers and network with sponsor companies. They also share their own challenges and triumphs as they relate to enhancing the experience of current and prospective female MBA students.

Judi Byers, executive director of admissions and financial aid at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, shared her excitement via Twitter about attending this year’s conference. Clear Admit caught up with Byers, who joined the Johnson School earlier this spring, to learn a little more about what she most hoped to gain from the event. Continue reading…

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Forté Foundation Women’s Leadership Conference Draws Record Attendance

Forte Foundation conferenceCurrent female MBA students and alumni have come out in droves this year for the 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, taking place now at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Kicking off with a sponsors meeting on Thursday for school and company representatives, followed by a career-focused day of programming yesterday and a day centered around professional development today, the conference this year has welcomed 459 MBA women and alumni, in addition to more than 100 speakers and presenters. For those who don’t know Forté, it is a nonprofit consortium of leading companies and top business schools devoted to launching women into successful business careers.

“I think we have pulled together some really interesting topics that a lot people want to hear about,” says Elissa Sangster, Forté Foundation executive director, when asked what contributed to this year’s record attendance. “We are excited to see it all come together.” Continue reading…

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The Value of the European MBA: Meet Top Programs in New York Next Week

The following content was provided to Clear Admit by our partners at The MBA Tour.

Have you considered pursuing an MBA degree in Europe? In a world that has become increasingly global, studying abroad can offer many advantages for applicants seeking a diverse student body, a faster-paced program and smaller class sizes focused on collaborative teamwork.

Hear the experiences of students and faculty from European MBA programs:

Diversity
As a continent, Europe is inherently multicultural, representing a vibrant mix of nationalities, customs and languages. European MBA programs reflect this diversity, frequently boasting classes made up of 85 to 90 percent international students drawn from as many as 35 to 40 different countries.

Teamwork
Most European MBA programs have smaller class sizes of between 50 and 70 students. An emphasis on interactive, collaborative group work allows students to benefit from the diversity of the student body while pinpointing strengths and weaknesses of their own to focus on throughout the program.

Reduced Time Out of the Workforce
Many European MBA programs last for between 11 and 18 months, shorter than the two-year model offered by most U.S. business schools. Because students graduate faster and return to the workforce sooner, pursuing an MBA in Europe can present a much lower opportunity cost. “It’s half the opportunity cost for more than double the global network, compared to most MBA programs,” says Michael Abare, INSEAD MBA ’13.

Want to learn more? An MBA fair is a great place to start. The MBA Tour is hosting a conference in New York City on Monday, June 22nd, exclusively for applicants considering European MBA programs. Register online for free.

Participating business schools include Copenhagen Business School, Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, ESSEC Business School, IE Business School, IESE Business School, Imperial College London, INSEAD, Rotterdam School of Management: Erasmus University, University of Cambridge and University of St. Gallen. (Visit the MBA Tour website for a full list of schools.)

Can’t make the event on June 22nd? The MBA Tour will also be in nine cities across the United States later this summer:

Seattle, July 16th

San Francisco, July 18th

Los Angeles, July 19th

Houston, July 21st

Atlanta, July 23rd

New York City, July 25th

Chicago, July 27th

Washington, DC, July 29th

Boston, July 30th

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Prince of Wales Challenges Prospective, Current Business School Students to Champion Sustainability

lbsSpeaking last week at London Business School (LBS), His Royal Highness (HRH) the Prince of Wales challenged current and future MBA students to demand an education that will prepare them to lead the world toward greater sustainability.

“To all those current business school students – and to those who are deciding where to study – ask yourself, is your chosen business school really going to equip you to be the kind of leader that is so badly needed for the next 50 years? Nothing less will do,” Prince Charles said.

LBS hosted the May 28th event, which was convened by the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Speaking to an assembled audience that included deans and leading academics from business schools from around the world, HRH conceded that some progress has been made in the past two decades in terms of incorporating sustainability into mainstream accounting and finance research and teaching within business schools. Continue reading…

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Wharton Commencement Speaker to Share How the MBA Could Save His Life

david fajgenbaumDavid Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc, has been working toward his MBA as if his life depends on it. Because it does. On Sunday, in his commencement address to his classmates at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he will share just why he believes a graduate management education can be the difference between life and death.

Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with idiopathic Multicentric Castleman disease (iMCD) in 2010, a rare and poorly understood hematologic disorder in which the immune system becomes activated and causes cells to release inflammatory proteins that ultimately shut down the body’s organs. At the time of his diagnosis, he was in his third year of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He took a year’s leave and underwent aggressive chemotherapy, which initially was unsuccessful. Over a six-month period, he was hospitalized for four and a half months and even read his last rites. But ultimately the chemo helped put the disease into remission, and Fajgenbaum returned to complete his MD. He then proceeded straight into the MBA program at Wharton. Continue reading…

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HEC Paris Hosts 25th Annual MBA Tournament    

mbat imageTeams from 16 of the leading business schools in Europe convened last week to compete in 25 different sports as part of the 25th annual MBA Tournament (MBAT), hosted by HEC Paris. More than 1,500 MBA student athletes battled each other in everything from badminton and basketball to petanque and salsa dancing while also creating valuable new friendships and networking opportunities.

“MBAT is the meeting ground for MBA students across Europe, and new friendships and networking opportunities are at the heart of the tournament,” Bernard Garrette, HEC Paris MBA associate dean, said in a statement. “The MBAT provides the chance for students to put what they have learned in the classroom to the test on the field, creating and leading strong teams.” Continue reading…

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Leading Business Schools Commemorate Earth Day

earth dayFrom Philadelphia to Los Angeles, business schools and their students are endeavoring to combat climate change at both the campus and the corporate level through innovation, conservation and awareness raising.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, for its part, is hosting the 8th Annual Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Conference. This year’s theme, “Business Takes the Lead,” will examine how business innovation holds promise for helping the world both mitigate and adapt to climate change. Continue reading…

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Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business to Host 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference

forte foundation logoThe 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, scheduled to take place in June at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, will welcome current female MBA students and alumni for two jam-packed days of sessions devoted to exploring the nature of power, presence and workplace politics. The annual conference, hosted by a different sponsor business school each year, is put on by the Forté Foundation as part of its mission to help women succeed in business careers through increased access to business education, opportunities and a community of successful women.

With the theme “Let’s Power Up!” this year’s conference is scheduled for June 19th and 20th in Washington, DC, on the campus of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. The event will feature more than 100 speakers and presenters, as well as 50+ workshops on topics ranging from money management to communications strategies to help make your voice heard in the classroom and beyond. Continue reading…

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U.S., European Business Schools’ Expansion to China Continues with New IE Collaboration

acuerdo_escuela_china_800x450Late last month, IE Business School signed a collaboration agreement with Chinese business school Antai College of Economics and Management to offer dual degrees to students from the two institutions, IE announced recently. Antai College, a leading business school in China and part of Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University, hold accreditation from each EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Antai College Dean Lin Zhou joined IE Dean Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño for a signing ceremony at IE’s campus in Madrid on March 26th.

As part of the new agreement, students in IE Business School’s International MBA program can take a dual degree program with the Antai College of Economics and Management and vice versa. A dual-degree program is also available students in IE’s Master in Management and Antai’s Master in International Business program. In either instance, students will be able to complete both degree titles in two years, instead of the three years it would take to complete the degrees separately. Continue reading…

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