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B-Schools Worldwide Respond to Tsunami with Money and Other Support

Business schools around the globe have mobilized to aid people affected by the devastating tsunami that recently plowed ashore in Asia and Africa. The response includes schoolwide efforts to raise contributions for relief organizations, grief counseling, and special accommodations for students unable to proceed with their studies because of the disaster.

Leeds University Business School in the United Kingdom, which hosts many students from countries in the tsunami zone, sprang to action when the tsunami struck. “The University will do all that it can to help and support those of its staff and students—from any part of the world—who have been affected by the terrible tragedy around the Indian Ocean on 26 December, “ said Leeds’s dean, Andrew Lock, in a statement on the Leeds website. “Depending upon individual circumstances, this support can include leave of absence, release from academic commitments, financial assistance, counseling, and emotional support.”

Leeds is just one of many educational institutions trying to make a difference as the world deals with the aftermath of the tsunami. Other examples include SBS Swiss Business School in Zurich, which is urging students and faculty to contribute to relief efforts and includes a link on its website to the Red Cross; and the National University of Singapore, where officials launched an institutional fundraising drive to help victims of the disaster. In the United States, Harvard University, home to Harvard Business School, said it would match donations from members of the university community.

Is your school responding to the tsunami disaster? Please tell us about it. Email us at gmnews@gmac.com with information about what your institution is doing to help. We’ll feature your submissions in a future edition of Graduate Management News.

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