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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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Columbia Business School Shares Updates on J-Term Admits, Regular Decision Interview Invites

cbs curlColumbia Business School (CBS) has completed its Early Decision and J-term application review and will welcome approximately 200 new students as part of its January intake, the CBS Admission Committee announced earlier this week. Of those, roughly half come to CBS from international locations.

After taking a week’s hiatus from reviewing Regular Decision applications, the Adcom will pick up where it left off after the Thanksgiving holiday and expects to release the first interview invitations during the first week of December. Continue reading…

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HEC Paris Offers Global Open Enrollment Accelerator for Senior Business Execs

HEC ParisHEC Paris now offers a special global enrollment program designed to serve as an accelerator for business executives looking to spearhead socially responsible or sustainably focused projects or new business lines, the school announced earlier this month.

Called ‘Inclusive Business and Value Creation,’ the program is taught by faculty of the HEC Paris Social Business Chair together with representatives from Ashoka, a global network of leading social entrepreneurs, and Hystra, a consultancy specialized in inclusive businesses. It is intended for senior management with at least 10 years’ experience who play a role in determining the strategic direction of their companies. Continue reading…

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USC Marshall School of Business Launches New One-Year Marketing MS Program

usc marshall editedUSC Marshall School of Business is now accepting applications for a brand-new, one-year marketing degree program, the school announced late last week. The new Master of Science in Marketing program is designed to help students gain deep marketing expertise to complement a strong foundation in marketing management, strategy and business analytics.

The program, open to working professionals with bachelor or advanced degrees and at least two years of experience, can be completed in one year of full-time study or in two years for part-time students.  In addition to marketing-focused business fundamentals, students will take other marketing courses including advertising and promotion management, branding strategy, consumer behavior, marketing and consumer research, marketing channels, new product development and pricing strategies. They can also select from an array of electives drawn from other business disciplines, ranging from data warehousing, business intelligence and data mining to technology commercialization. Continue reading…

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IMD, Tuck School of Business Launch Joint Executive Education Program in Leadership

IMDSwitzerland’s IMD and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth earlier this month announced a new collaboration designed to help global organizations develop leadership skills among their management. The Transition to Business Leadership (TBL) executive education program, launched earlier this year by IMD, will be offered in two modules alternating between the two schools, beginning in spring 2015.

The program is designed to help prepare experienced functional managers at leading global organizations develop necessary skills and expertise to shift into business leadership positions. Participating executives will examine the challenges and pitfalls that go hand in hand with transitioning into a leadership role. Continue reading…

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GMAC Reports Application Volume Growth for Full-Time Two-Year MBA Programs  

GMACThe number of people applying to full-time two-year MBA programs increased for the third consecutive year, according to recent data from the Graduate Management Admissions Council. GMAC’s 2014 Application Trends Survey, released earlier this week, showed that as two-year programs enjoyed application volume gains, other graduate management programs saw flattening or decreasing numbers of applicants.

The survey also revealed an increasingly global applicant pool, with GMAT testing trends showing that more students are seeking to study outside their country of citizenship. According to GMAC, these candidates make up a sizeable portion of the applicant pool for many MBA and non-MBA graduate management programs. Continue reading…

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Cambridge’s Judge Business School Extends Lifelong Learning to EMBA Grads

cambridge judgeThe Judge Business School at Cambridge University this summer becomes the latest in a growing list of business schools that are offering lifelong learning opportunities to some of its graduates. Judge recently announced that alumni of its Executive MBA (EMBA) program will now be eligible to return to campus to take free one elective per year.

According to a report in PoetsandQuants, the offer, which had been available previously on an informal basis, is expected to attract roughly a third of the Judge EMBA program’s grads back to campus this fall. Continue reading…

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