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Seminar for Prospective MBA Applicants with Liberal Arts Backgrounds

forte foundation logoThe Forté Foundation, an organization devoted to helping launch women in careers in business, will host an online seminar next week designed for women from a liberal arts background who are interested in pursuing an MBA. “Women with liberal arts degrees are valued in the MBA classroom,” notes Forté. The online seminar, open to Forté members, will take place Tuesday, March 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST.

The webinar will feature women currently enrolled in MBA programs discussing the challenges and successes they experienced coming from liberal arts backgrounds. Specifically, the webinar will address how to leverage a liberal arts background or limited quantitative profile as part of the application process. “The diversity of backgrounds in an MBA classroom is one of the hallmarks of the degree,” notes Forté.  Continue reading…

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IESE Business School, China Europe International Business School Launch New World Executive MBA

internationalbusinessSpain’s IESE Business School has partnered with the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) to launch a new joint program targeting senior business leaders whose work crosses international borders. Called the World Executive MBA, the program launched in January and is designed to help participants hone their leadership skills with a particular emphasis on the challenges faced as part of managing businesses in different parts of the world.

The new program will feature modules on CEIBS and IESE campuses across five continents. Specifically, modules are scheduled to take place in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Barcelona, New York, Munich, Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo and in strategic locations in India and Africa. Participants selected for the program will be chosen strategically, in part to have the group as a whole represent a broad diversity of geographies, backgrounds, roles and sectors. Continue reading…

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New Director Reinvigorates UC Berkeley Business Startup Accelerator

haas skydeckA Haas alumna and entrepreneur who has led several startups of her own has taken over as executive director of SkyDeck, the startup accelerator at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, the school reported this month.

Caroline Winnett, MBA ’90, who served most recently as founder and CEO of a neuroscience-inspired marketing company called BrandNeuro, met with Dean Rich Lyons because she wanted to run an accelerator program at Berkeley-Haas. Voila. She got her wish, joining as executive director of SkyDeck in November 2014. Continue reading…

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Association of MBAs (AMBA) Director Predicts Future MBA Trends

ambaAn article in today’s Independent provided a glimpse into the future of the MBA degree as the director of a global MBA accrediting body shared his picks for the top five MBA trends of 2015. Andrew Main Wilson is CEO of the Association of MBAs (AMBA), described as an international impartial authority on postgraduate management education. In this role, he pays close attention to the ever evolving MBA. In the near future, he tells us to look for alternative funding sources for MBA studies, a wider range of specializations, more growth in entrepreneurialism, curriculum changes and flexible delivery and learning.

Citing the AMBA 2012 Salary Survey, Wilson notes that corporate sponsorship of the MBA has been and continues to fall, which has led to the development of new funding sources, such as crowd funding and peer-to-peer lending. These, he says, “are likely to increase in popularity – and are certainly going to become a trend in 2015.” Continue reading…

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150th Birthday Gift to Cornell’s Johnson School to Support Faculty Renewal, Strengthen Ties to College of Engineering

Cornell_University,_Ho_Plaza_and_Sage_Hall editedCornell University turns 150 this year, and to mark the occasion, an alumnus of both the Johnson Graduate School of Management and the College of Engineering, together with his wife, have made a gift to help support faculty renewal and enhanced collaboration between the business and engineering schools, Cornell announced this month.

The Eiko and Sudi Mariappa Sesquicentennial Fellowship, named for benefactors Sudi Marippa—who earned his Johnson MBA in 1986 after graduating from the College of Engineering with a BS in chemical engineering in 1982—and his wife, is designed to draw talented academics to Cornell to serve as both teachers and mentors. Continue reading…

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USC Marshall School of Business Draws Google, Amazon Studios to Annual Evolution of Entertainment Conference

usc marshall editedA student-led club at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business will draw executives from Google, Amazon Studios, Electronic Arts and others to its 7th annual Evolution of Entertainment (E2) Conference later this month, the school announced.

The conference, hosted by MBA student group Business of Entertainment Association, will take place on Friday, February 27th. This year’s topic, “Convergence: Mobile, Media and Technology,” will focus on the overlap of media, technology and entertainment across all platforms. Corporate sponsors this year include Entertainment Arts, OnPrem, Warner Bros., SanDisk and Deloitte Digital. Continue reading…

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UPenn’s Wharton School Debuts New Online Business Foundations Series, Associated MBA Scholarship

wharton onlineThe University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has expanded its online offerings of foundational MBA courses to now include a Business Foundations Specialization series that adds a capstone project in which participants can apply what they learn to help solve real-world business issues, the school announced last week. And in another new twist, Wharton will invite top performers in the online series to apply to one of the school’s graduate programs, waiving the application fee, and will award up to five $20,000 scholarships to applicants who are admitted.

As with the initial four courses in Wharton’s Foundation Series – Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Operations Management – the new Capstone Project component is available through online education platform Coursera. Wharton was one of the first leading business schools to present the building blocks of its MBA curriculum in online form to a world audience. Continue reading…

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Prodigy Finance Offers No Co-Signer Loans, Helping Solve Funding Challenges Facing MBAs Studying Abroad

prodigy financeStudying outside of the country of your nationality or residence can present many benefits to prospective MBA applicants. See the world, improve language skills, expand horizons, learn first-hand how increasingly global the business world has become. And yet, one major hurdle can sometimes prevent ambitious, talented prospective MBA applicants from pursuing their education abroad. That pesky little detail of funding.

Traditional banks are reluctant to lend across borders because tracking and enforcement of those loans suddenly becomes more difficult. Many U.S. banks, for example, won’t lend to foreign students without a U.S. co-signer, someone local the banks can go after to recoup their debt if the borrower fails to repay. Continue reading…

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Chicago Booth School of Business Eyes Hong Kong’s Mount Davis for Asia Executive MBA Hub

booth mt davis The University of Chicago Booth School of Business hopes to renovate Hong Kong’s historic Mount Davis site, once an artillery base, into a new intellectual hub to serve as home to the school’s Executive MBA Program in Asia, the school announced recently.

“The center will allow us to engage even more effectively with the business and academic communities in Hong Kong,” Chicago Booth Dean Sunil Kumar said in a statement. “It will be a testament to our lasting commitment to educating leaders in the region.” Continue reading…

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Georgetown, ESADE and SDA Bocconi School of Management Launch Global Advanced Management Program for Executives

GlobesLeading business schools from the United States, Spain and Italy have united to launch a new program designed to prepare senior executives to meet the demands of organizations doing business in today’s incredibly global world.

Called the Global Advanced Management Program (GAMP), the initiative brings together Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Madrid’s ESADE and Milan’s SDA Bocconi of Management for an innovative executive education offering that will take participants to three different continents. GAMP participants will meet for three one-week modules held every two months. Continue reading…

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Which Business School’s Alumni Network Reigns Supreme?

tuckDartmouth’s Tuck School of Business can claim top honors for the strength of its alumni network, according to a recent Economist ranking, in which current MBA students were asked to rate their school’s network. Nine of the top 10 strongest alumni networks are affiliated with U.S. schools, the Economist notes. “They, after all, have the biggest incentive, being the world leaders at tapping into their alumni networks to secure huge financial gifts. Such schools spend a lot of resources on maintaining relations with ex-students,” read the Economist’s analysis.

As for what helped Tuck secure the very top spot, here’s what the Economist hypothesized: “Its fierce collegiate spirit is famous, perhaps fostered by its setting in the small, sleepy town of Hanover, New Hampshire, which means that students have little else to do but bond.” Continue reading…

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