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Economist, GMAT Tutor Launch $25,000 Scholarship Competition for MBA, EMBA Applicants

econonmist_gmat tutorThe Economist and test prep firm GMAT Tutor have once again partnered to offer a $25,000 scholarship to the prospective MBA or EMBA student who scores highest on a simulated GMAT exam. Called the Brightest Minds MBA Scholarship Contest, the competition is open to prospective MBA or EMBA students anywhere in the world. The first competition ran in 2014, drawing more than 4,500 entrants, The Economist reported.

To take part in the contest, applicants simply complete The Economist GMAT Tutor simulation test, which uses adaptive technology similar to the real GMAT so that the difficulty level adjusts according to the test-taker’s ability. The simulation test requires the completion of a 75-minute Verbal section and a 75-minute Quant section. Participants should have the available time to complete the test in a single sitting and will not be able to pause once they begin. Continue reading…

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IESE Becomes Latest Business School to Ink Deal with Prodigy Finance for International MBA Loans

IESEbusinessschoolopusdeicorporatework3Spain’s IESE Business School has reached an agreement with U.K.‒based Prodigy Finance that will enable it to offer a new loan to international MBA and Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) students to help them finance their studies, the school announced this week. In other words, financing an IESE education just became much easier for students who live outside of Spain.

The new deal expands IESE’s existing loans and scholarships, which help students cover tuition fees and living costs. International students, though, have faced hurdles because existing loan programs offered by IESE have required co-signers. 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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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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Stanford Graduate School of Business Teams with School of Education to Launch Program for Educators

stanfordRecent research has shown that school leadership has a dramatic impact on student achievement, so Stanford has launched an innovative program designed to help district school leaders strengthen their strategic thinking, problem-solving skills and leadership ability as a means of boosting achievement among all students.

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business  (GSB) has partnered with its Graduate School of Education (GSE) to develop the new program, which is called the Executive Program for Education Leaders (EPEL). EPEL, which targets superintendents and two to three members from their central office, will focus exclusively on leaders from California school districts in its first year. EPEL will span an entire year, involving participants in both on-campus and distance-learning sessions taught by Stanford faculty, as well as leaders in the field who will speak to the class. Continue reading…

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ESADE Business School Partners with Finnish University to Offer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs

Aalto-ESADE  (2)Spain’s ESADE Business School has formed a new international alliance with Finland’s Aalto University, a leader in the field of innovation, to expand its offerings for entrepreneurs, ESADE announced today. Aalto University President Tuula Teeri and ESADE Director General Eugenia Bieto signed an agreement outlining the new partnership this morning at ESADECREAPOLIS, the innovation center located on ESADE’s Barcelona campus.

One of Europe’s newest universities, Aalto was created in 2010 by the merger of Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki and has received widespread attention for its innovative blend of management, technology and design. Continue reading…

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USC Marshall School of Business Offers First-of-Its-Kind Social Entrepreneurship Degree

usc marshall editedStudents at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business are now entering their second semester as part of the school’s innovative Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship program, the first of its kind at a U.S. business school. Students in this first cohort include a professionally trained ballerina, a former Wall Street executive turned stay-at-home mom and a property management director. Their future plans are as varied as their backgrounds, but they share a commitment to address social issues, including poverty, equal access to education and affordable healthcare.

The MSSE program is based in Marshall’s Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, led by founding director Adlai Wertman, professor of clinical entrepreneurship. Its curriculum offers students a solid business foundation focused on social enterprise and practice, including courses in feasibility analysis, impact investing, cause-related marketing, environmental sustainability and global social impact. Continue reading…

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Harvard Business School Names 16 New Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

HBSMBA students at Harvard Business School (HBS) now have access to a whole new pool of entrepreneurial talent through the school’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) program, the school announced earlier this month. HBS has named 16 entrepreneurs to take part in the program for 2014-15, 14 of whom are HBS graduates.

Sponsored by the school’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program is now in its ninth year. Participating entrepreneurs come to campus to advise MBA students who are interested in starting their own companies. They also work with HBS faculty on research and course development. Continue reading…

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London Business School Awards Two £30,000 Scholarships to Female Business Execs

30 percent clubLondon Business School (LBS) has awarded two female business executives £30,000 scholarships for the school’s Senior Executive Program, concluding an initiative launched in August with the 30% Club, an organization devoted to increasing female representation in the C-suite of leading corporations.

Andreea Moldova, general manager (Czech Republic and Slovakia) at Avon Cosmetics, and Yasmin Becker, assistant director at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so impressed the judging panel that LBS increased its commitment and provided two scholarships, though the completion was originally intended to have a single winner. Continue reading…

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London Business School Expands Mentoring Program for Entrepreneurs from London to Dubai

lbs dubai mentor programBuilding on the success of a program launched 18 months ago on its London campus, London Business School (LBS) has expanded a mentoring program to benefit aspiring entrepreneurs to its Dubai Center, the school announced late last month.

Called the “Entrepreneurship Mentor in Residence” program, the program will provide entrepreneurial students and alumni access to year-round mentorship from four successful business executives in the region. The Dubai program’s first mentor panel will include former alumni Genny Ghanimeh, Mohamed Nassar, Tommy Wakefield Smith and Aman Merchant. Students will now have direct access to these mentors for one-on-one consultations up to twice a month. Continue reading…

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