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MBA News You Need: New MBA Scholarships at LBS, Tuck Announces Interview Dates, HBS Recommends Summer Podcasts, and MIT Sloan Introduces New Faculty

MBA News You Need

Each week, we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world.

Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of July 15, 2019.

London Business School Announces New Full-Time MBA Scholarships

Basant Kumar Birla, eponym of the BK Birla Scholars Program

Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aditya Birla Group chairman and London Business School alumnus, has gifted his alma mater with a £15 million endowment, the largest endowed scholarship gift to a European business school.

The program recognizes high-achieving MBAs who demonstrate leadership potential and honors the legacy of celebrated industrialist, philanthropist, and pioneer Basant Kumar (BK) Birla (1921–2019), who viewed higher education as a fundamental right for everyone.  The eponymous BK Birla Scholars Program will fund 10 full scholarships for five full-time MBA students from India and five from the rest of the world.  To be eligible, students must rank in the top five percent of the class, beginning with the cohort starting in the Fall of 2019.

“It is an incredible gift to be able to honor B.K. Birla’s memory with this prestigious scholars program,” said François Ortalo-Magné, Dean of LBS.

Read more about the BK Birla Scholars Program on the LBS website.

Tuck Interview Dates Announced

Dartmouth Tuck just announced dates for all rounds of applicant-initiated and invitational interviews.

Applicant-initiated interviews can be scheduled before or after an MBA candidate submits their application. They are only available on campus in Hanover and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Invitational interviews occur after Tuck reviews your application and then invites you to campus if admissions believes an interview is necessary. These interviews can be conducted either on campus or virtually, based on the applicant’s preference.

Applicant-Initiated Interviews

  • Round 1: September 6, 2019 – November 1, 2019
  • Round 2: September 6, 2019 – January 31, 2020
  • Round 3: September 6, 2019 – April 2, 2020
  • Round 1 Consortium: September 6, 2019 – November 1, 2019
  • Round 2 Consortium: September 6, 2019 – January 31, 2020

Invitational Interviews

  • Round 1: October 8, 2019 – December 11, 2019
  • Round 2: January 7, 2020 – March 11, 2020
  • Round 3: March 31, 2020 – May 6, 2020
  • Round 1 Consortium: October 16, 2019 – December 11, 2019
  • Round 2 Consortium: January 6, 2020 – March 11, 2020

Tuck releases invitations on a rolling basis, most often at least one to two weeks before receiving your admissions decision.

Learn more about Tuck’s interviews here.

HBS Recommends Summer Podcasts

Just as Stanford GSB offered a summer reading list, Harvard Business School’s admissions staff suggested a “summer listening” list of podcasts to enjoy at the beach and anywhere your summer may take you.

  • After Hours: HBS professors unpack business and culture news.
  • Cold Call: HBS case studies distilled into podcast form.
  • Dear HBR: Advice about workplace dilemmas.
  • The Disruptive Voice: Discussions with innovative academics, researchers, and practitioners inspired and taught by Professor Clayton M. Christensen.
  • HBR Ideacast: A weekly show featuring leading business and management thinkers.
  • Managing the Future of Work: HBS professors Bill Kerr and Joe Fuller unpack the nature of work and the forces that shape it.
  • Skydeck: Interviews with alumni who share hard lessons learned.
  • Women at Work: Discussions involving women in the workforce.
  • We Are HBS: A student-run podcast for the HBS community.

To see highlighted episodes from each HBS podcast, head on over to the HBS website.

MIT Sloan Introduces Five New Faculty Members

MIT Sloan profiled five new professors who are making waves this year in everything from social science experiments to the sharing economy.

Abdullah Almaatouq

Assistant professor of information technology, Abdullah Almaatouq, has a Ph.D. in computational science and engineering from MIT. His current research focuses on decision-making in network environments. Learn more about him here.

Daniel Freund

Assistant professor of operations management, Daniel Freund, has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Cornell University and was a research fellow at Lyft Marketplace Labs. His research focuses on the sharing economy and the complex decision-making problems it faces. Learn more on his faculty page.

Alexandre Jacquillat

With a Ph.D. in engineering systems from MIT, Alexandre Jacquillat is an assistant professor of operations research and statistics. His research focuses on air traffic management and on-demand mobility, particularly scheduling operations, and pricing. Check out his faculty directory page for more insight.

Jacquelyn Pless

Jacquelyn Pless is an assistant professor of technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management. She has a Ph.D. in mineral and energy economics from the Colorado School of Mines. She was also a post-doctoral researcher and Oxford Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford. Her research delves into how public subsidies drive private research and development. Learn more here.

Basima Tewfik

Basima Tewfik is an assistant professor of work and organization studies who researches conflict management and the psychological experiences of top talent in the workplace. She has a Ph.D. in management from Wharton. Get to know Tewfik more on her faculty page.

Head on over to MIT Sloan’s website for the original faculty introduction article.

Posted in: Feature Small, MBA News, News

Schools: Dartmouth / Tuck, Harvard Business School, London Business School, MIT Sloan

About the Author


Kelly Vo  

Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.

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