Student Government Presidents from Seven Top Schools Launch MBA Peer School Forum
Outgoing and incoming student government presidents of seven major business schools convened earlier this week at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School for a three-day President’s Summit, where they announced the formation of a new MBA Peer School Forum.
The forum, a student government coalition with representatives from the Wharton School, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Stanford Graduate School of Business, was developed to help create inter-school cohesion and collaboration and support student-led initiatives designed to positively impact business and society.
Akihisa Shiozaki, outgoing president of the Wharton Graduate Association, conceived of the forum structure. Outgoing and incoming student presidents of the member schools will convene at least once a year for a President’s Summit, at which important issues regarding business education and student life will be discussed. Topics will range from business ethics to diversity issues to alumni responsibilities. The forum is also intended to help increase communication and knowledge sharing beyond student government and across all levels of the MBA student bodies.
“We are delighted that our meeting last year has resulted in the formation of a structured inter-school coalition that will benefit generations of future business students,” Shiozaki said in a statement announcing the forum’s creation. “Throughout our dialogues started this weekend, we expect to explore great ideas and opportunities for collaboration.”
Initial discussions about creating this formal institution linking MBA student leadership took place last spring at a gathering of business school student presidents hosted by Kellogg. The student presidents assembled there shared a range of information with one another on topics including student conduct and etiquette, domestic and international student integration, recruiting/career management and metrics to access faculty quality. Most of the member schools of the newly formed MBA Student Peer Forum have engaged in knowledge sharing at the administrative level, but this represents the first time student governments have had such a structured foundation for cross-school collaboration.