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Last Updated Jan 20, 2011 by

Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another edition of Twitter Thursdays, a weekly column in which we highlight the updates of the top MBA programs on Twitter!  If you’re not following Clear Admit already, be sure to check us out on Twitter for updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news.   We’ve also created a list of MBA programs to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs, as reported by admissions committee members themselves. Interview season is beginning to trickle in, as a few admissions directors attested to this week on Twitter.  Jon Fuller, the Senior Associate Director of Admissions... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 20, 2011 by

Winners of GMAC Innovation Challenge to Share $260,000 in Prizes

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner of the GMAT exam, yesterday announced the winners of its global Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Challenge, part of an initiative to advance business education around the world. Twenty-one winners will share more than $260,000 in prize money for their ideas on how to creatively change management education. The winners were selected from more than 650 people representing 60 countries who entered ideas into the competition, which ran from July to October 2010. Half of the ideas were submitted by business school alumni and current and prospective students, though the competition was open to... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 20, 2011 by

Campus Chronicles: Entrepreneurship Conferences

Welcome once again to Campus Chronicles! MBA student newspapers have remained quiet due to winter break, so this week we’re examining three schools’ takes on entrepreneurship conferences: In early November, the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Club hosted IGNITE 2010, the 8th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference at HBS. The one-day event began with the keynote address on “Choosing an Entrepreneurial Life” by Ron Shaich ’78, Founder of Panera and Au Bon Pain. Following the keynote was a panel, titled “The Non-Technical Founder,” that discussed how people with non-technical backgrounds can successfully establish online businesses. The next panel, “From Idea to Launch: Getting... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 19, 2011 by

GMAT Tip: How to Use Formal Logic on the GMAT Critical Reasoning Section

Today’s GMAT Tip comes from our friends at Knewton.  In this post, they give helpful advice on how to use formal logic on the Critical Reasoning section of the GMAT.  Read on to see what they have to say! GMAT Critical Reasoning questions test your ability to use logic. In most cases this means making inferences, identifying details, and understanding arguments. Occasionally, however, you will have to apply formal logic to understand what a CR paragraph implies. Formal, or, classical logic, has its own set of rules, and questions that make use of it will try to trip you up... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 19, 2011 by

Wiki Wednesdays: UT Austin / McCombs Interview

Welcome to another installment of Wiki Wednesdays, in which we highlight interview reports that MBA applicants have recently added to the Clear Admit Wiki.  As Round 2 interview season kicks into gear, we’ve received reports of interviews at schools such as Columbia Business School, Northwestern / Kellogg, and Stanford GSB.  Today we’re featuring questions a candidate for UT Austin / McCombs faced during an off-campus interview with an alum: 1. Brief introduction. 2. Why do you want to do an MBA? 3. Why McCombs? 4. Questions based on my work experience. 5. What are your long-term career goals? 6. How... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 19, 2011 by

GMAT Volume Reveals That European Business Schools Are Drawing More Applicants

The volume of applicants sending their GMAT scores to European business schools has almost doubled over the past five years, according to trend data from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns the GMAT exam. Though U.S. schools are still the top destination for aspiring business school students, schools in Europe are drawing more students from both within and outside the continent, GMAC reports. GMAC recently revealed key findings from its European Geographic Trends Report, which will be released next month. For the testing year ending June 30, 2010, European schools received more than 85,000 GMAT scores, an increase... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 18, 2011 by

Indian School of Business Launches Deferred Admissions Program

The Indian School of Business (ISB) has launched a deferred admissions program geared toward promising undergraduate students who want to study business, the Financial Times reports. Very similar to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 Program, the ISB Young Leaders Program (YLP) offers qualified applicants a reserved spot in the ISB Postgraduate Programme in Management (the ISB MBA) upon completion of one year and nine months of approved work experience. “The ISB is proud to launch the Young Leaders Programme to identify and nurture leadership potential among young college students, who will assume the mantle of leadership tomorrow,” Deepak Chandra, deputy dean... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 18, 2011 by

Trivia Tuesday: Global Initiatives in Management at Kellogg

Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday! This week, let’s take a look at Kellogg’s popular Global Initiatives in Management, or GIM, program. Kellogg’s international programs are coordinated by the International Business & Markets Program, which runs the Global Initiatives in Management course, one of Kellogg’s most popular electives. Over two-thirds of Kellogg students enroll in the course each year, usually during the winter or summer quarters. Each GIM section of 35 students chooses a country of focus, and individual students choose target industries or economic sectors to study.  Recent courses have focused on countries on six continents, with students... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 17, 2011 by

INSEAD Adds Free Business School Content to iTunes U

International business school INSEAD last week announced that it has joined iTunes U, a dedicated area of the iTunes Store that offers free audio and video content from leading educational institutions. The school, which has campuses in Abu Dhabi, France and Singapore, plans to upload interviews with faculty, research, conferences, lectures and more. Content will be available in English, Chinese and Arabic and can be downloaded to a computer, iPhone, iPod or iPad. INSEAD will also share material from marquee events such as its Annual Leadership Summits and select roundtables, complete with full reports issued in conjunction with the conference.... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 17, 2011 by

Admissions Tip: Understanding Background Checks

With a slew of schools releasing the last of their R1 notifications in the coming weeks, we know that many of our readers will be asking about the background checks conducted by leading programs. Here are some quick facts to help explain the process: 1) What are background checks? Background checks involve the verification of information that a candidate has provided in his or her MBA applications. Although the process varies from school to school, it usually includes checking that an applicant attended the undergraduate (or graduate) school(s) that he or she claims to have attended, received the grades indicated... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 15, 2011 by

GMAT Tip: Divisibility Mother Lode

Today’s GMAT challenge question comes from ManhattanGMAT.  To help you with your GMAT studying, try to solve the problem on your own, and then read on for the explanation of its solution: Problem If m is the square of integer n and m is divisible by 98, m must also be divisible by: I.   28 II.  196 III. 343 A) I only B) II only C) I & II only D) II & III only E) I, II, and III Solution First, break 98 into primes.  98 = 49 × 2 = 7 × 7 × 2.  The “ingredients” of... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 15, 2011 by

UT Austin / McCombs MBA Admissions Interview Questions 2011

A Rolling Admissions candidate to the University of Texas – Austin’s McCombs School of Business shared his interview experience on the Clear Admit Wiki, a resource for MBA applicants to share their thoughts on the admissions process: “I met with an alum off campus and the interview lasted about 2 hours. The interviewer did not have access to my application and only had a copy of my resume and set of questions from the University Brief introduction Why do you want to do an MBA? Why McCombs? Questions based on my work experience What are your long term career goals?... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 14, 2011 by

Architect Selected for Columbia Business School’s New Manhattanville Facilities

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, in consultation with Dean Glenn Hubbard and members of the Columbia Business School (CBS) Board of Overseers, has selected Elizabeth Diller of the New York–based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the new CBS facilities in Manhattanville. “Diller Scofidio + Renfro have demonstrated a great ability to translate ideas and concepts into boundary-stretching designs,” Hubbard said in a statement announcing their selection. CBS selected the firm after hosting a competition featuring several of the world’s top architects. “This ideas-based approach is perfect for our needs,” Hubbard continued. “Liz Diller fully understands that our... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 14, 2011 by

Fridays From the Frontline

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s longstanding lurch through the b-school blogosphere. This week applicants were hearing from round 1 schools and continuing to prepare for their GMAT exams while current students began reporting back to school. With all his applications submitted Ellipser prepared to play the ‘waiting game’ with a weekend in Ft. Lauderdale. Though he wasn’t successful in his MBA process this year, KT created a few ‘dos and don’ts’ to consider in the future. MBADreamz checked in to congratulate a Kenan-Flagler professor for a recent recognition. Unfathomable explained his brainstorming... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2011 by

Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another installment of Twitter Thursdays, a weekly column in which we highlight the latest updates from the top MBA programs on Twitter!  If you’re not following us already, be sure to check out Clear Admit on Twitter for updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news. We’ve also created a list of MBA programs for your daily access to the programs featured below and more. Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, announced that the school will be hosting the next Economist Innovation Conference on Berkeley’s campus.  Meanwhile, Judy Olian, the Dean of UCLA / Anderson,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2011 by

New Social Entrepreneurship Award at Kellogg School of Management to Help Students Launch Post-Graduation Social Ventures

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University last week announced a new annual award designed to help a student launch a social venture post-graduation. The new $80,000 Kellogg Social Entrepreneurship Award is one of a range of initiatives supported by the school’s Carol and Larry Levy Social Entrepreneurship Lab. Other activities aimed toward inspiring and assisting social entrepreneurs include student conferences, a speaker series and social business plan competitions. The first Social Entrepreneurship Award will go to a member of the Class of 2010 who presents a sustainable, well-developed business plan to address a social or environmental challenge. In... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2011 by

Campus Chronicles: Conferences on Women in Business

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles!  As schools are still on winter break and MBA student newspapers have fallen silent, this week we’re doing things a little differently by featuring three schools’ takes on conferences on women in business: In early October, INSEAD held its first annual Women’s Leadership Conference.  Hosted on the school’s Fontainebleau campus, the event kicked off with a welcome dinner and keynote speech on the evening of Thursday, October 7th.  The following day was packed with a series of keynote speeches and panels.  Keynote speakers included Paul Laudicina, Managing Officer and Chairman of the Board at A.T.... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 12, 2011 by

GMAT Tip: How to study for the GMAT in 2 weeks

Today’s GMAT Tip comes from our friends at Knewton.  In today’s post, they outline how best to study for the GMAT in two weeks.  Read on to see what they have to say! Let me begin with a disclaimer: Try not to do do this! Seriously. Prepping for the GMAT in two weeks is, to put it mildly, a less than ideal approach. You won’t have time to cover every topic comprehensively, nor will you be able to master as many new concepts and test-taking strategies as you would in a month or longer. That said, sometimes circumstances require a... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 12, 2011 by

Wiki Wednesdays: Columbia Interview

Welcome back to Wiki Wednesdays, in which we feature some of the newest additions to the Clear Admit Wiki.  Some of the latest contributions to this online repository for MBA applicants include interview reports for UNC / Kenan-Flagler, Georgetown / McDonough, and Northwestern / Kellogg.  Recently, an applicant to Columbia Business School shared these questions from an off-campus interview with an alum: “I scheduled the interview with an alum in my city. It was held in his office and the setting was informal. He put me at ease right away and the questions came up naturally in conversation rather than... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 12, 2011 by

GMAC Extends Relationship with Pearson VUE and ACT to Expand GMAT Access, Improve Test Security

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), announced yesterday that it has extended its partnership with Pearson VUE and ACT to develop and administer the business school entrance exam. GMAC first partnered with Pearson VUE and ACT in 2006, and since that time access to the test has expanded to more than 550 test centers in over 110 countries, GMAC reports. In the agreement announced yesterday, GMAC, Pearson VUE and ACT have extended their partnership for an additional 12 years, through 2022, a move they say will allow them to focus on providing... Read more »

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