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Last Updated Jan 18, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: RE:creation triumph at C4Bi competition

Fridays from the Frontline Case competitions, those hubs of innovation for student entrepreneurs, are unsung components of the MBA experience. They are opportunities for novices to explore the depths of their imaginations, experiment with new methodologies, and see if their discoveries resonate with a panel of experts. Case competitions are also serious business for MBA programs. Many ideas that were incubated in competitions go on to have lives beyond the incubator. Current Oxford Saïd Business School student Katherine Abbott took to the Oxford Saïd blog to talk about her experience at the recent C4Bi competition. The following piece has been republished... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 14, 2019 by

Real Humans of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Class of 2020

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is celebrating its 100th birthday this week. Through the decades of development and evolution in business education, the school has grown in tandem with its core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Over 4,000 alumni enjoy careers with Fortune 500 companies, over 900 graduates have reached C-level positions and more than 250 work as CEOs.  Kenan-Flagler also prides itself on graduates not just creating positive change in companies they lead, but also creating positive impact on the communities they serve. The school has reported that more than... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 11, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Microsoft Women in Tech Challenge 2018

Fridays from the Frontline Last year’s cryptocurrency explosion brought to the forefront a fact that can no longer be negotiated in the business school community: the divide between tech and business has all but been erased. Prospective business school students now demand programs that equip them with the hard skills necessary to deal with cutting-edge biztech issues and firmly embed them in the tech community. So, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect that business schools will adapt their curricula to ensure that MBAs can bridge the gap once they enter the job market. Cambridge’s Judge Business School recently hosted the Microsoft-sponsored... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 4, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Notes and Lessons Learnt from the Wharton Exchange

INSEAD student Tommy Mehl MBA ‘19, a native of Buenos Aires and self-described “cryptocurrencies” nerd, took part in the Wharton Exchange and had much to say about his P4 experience with Clear Admit’s West Philadelphia neighbor. The following post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the INSEAD MBA Experience Blog. Notes and Lessons Learnt from the Wharton Exchange Tommy Mehl, MBA ‘19 As I write this up on a Cathay Airlines flight to Hong Kong, two days into P5 and catching up with all my colleagues on all of the typical jet-setting INSEAD shenanigans and stories,... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 31, 2018 by

Real Humans of Rochester Simon’s MBA Class of 2020

The University of Rochester’s Simon Business School has risen to prominence recently as the first U.S. business school to receive STEM designation for its full-time MBA program. Alongside a STEM-designated option, Simon places emphasis on experiential learning. Students are required to take a project-based consulting course, during which they work in teams with a company on a business project, applying the tools they have learned in the classroom in real-life situations. Simon offers 10 specializations arranged in three tracks: Finance, Marketing and Consulting. Students also have the option to round off their education with a minor in six areas, from Accounting... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: 6 Reflections on My First Year

First-year MBA students often get so wrapped up in the hoopla of class and campus life that they neglect to see the big picture—including the fact that they’re in the frame.  There’s been a lot of digital ink spilled on these pages about the assorted networking and internship opportunities embedded in the business school experience, but one aspect that goes overlooked is self-care. Swati Tiwari MBA ’19 took to the Fuqua blog to touch upon these issues and more, sharing six major takeaways from her first year of business school. The following post has been republished in its entirety from... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 21, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: This Time for Africa: LBS Students in Johannesburg

The week-long Global Business Experience (GBE) is one of London Business School’s major selling points, offering MBA students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the business cultures of Israel, India, China, Peru, Myanmar, South Africa, or Brazil. According to LBS, GBEs consist of “faculty briefings, guest speakers, site visits, workshops, panels, company visits and opportunities to engage with local LBS alumni in the region.” The South African GBE is centered around the role that entrepreneurial micro-businesses play in economic growth. LBS students “work with a micro-entrepreneur on a challenge facing their business in an important emerging market. Develop an understanding... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 19, 2018 by

Real Humans of Rice Jones’ MBA Class of 2020

At the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, their motto is: “be attentive, responsive, and kind.” Jones offers a small program—and proudly.  Just 118 students matriculated for their Class of 2020, and the school boasts class sizes at 40 students and a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio.  Just under a third—31 percent—of the class is comprised of women. Fifteen percent are U.S. underrepresented minorities and 36 percent are U.S. minorities.  Approximately a quarter of the Class of 2020 are foreign nationals, and altogether the class represents 17 countries. In regards to academic achievement, the Jones MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 17, 2018 by

Real Humans of Cambridge Judge’s MBA Class of 2019

Cambridge University is an institution steeped in history. Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Sylvia Plath, and Isaac Newton have walked across its quads and sat in its halls. So it’s no wonder that the business school ad com looks for candidates who are “intelligent, curious, and energetic, and keen to contribute to our community, as well as achieve great things for themselves.”  Before we introduce five students who met the criteria, let’s take a closer look at the school and its Class of 2019. The Cambridge Judge Business School MBA program lasts for one year, but is chock-full of the diversity, real world... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 14, 2018 by

Real Humans of Oxford Saïd’s MBA Class of 2019

As HQ for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford has long held a place in the global imagination as the image of elite British education. While Oxford Saïd Business School is a relatively new addition to the Oxford ranks, it has quickly made a significant contribution to the legacy of the institution in its short 22-year existence. In fact, The Economist currently ranks Oxford Saïd as the UK’s top MBA program. Over the course of the yearlong program, Oxford Saïd MBA students will develop the skills they need to thrive as corporate executives through team projects, workshops, seminars, and lectures. Students acquire and... Read more »