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Texas Candidate Tempts Tippie with a Tweet

The Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa has offered a full financial aid package to a prospective MBA student who used Twitter style—140 characters or fewer—to answer the question, “What makes you an exceptional Tippie MBA candidate and full-time MBA hire?”

A candidate from Texas, John Yates, won the contest and will start classes this month. Yates used Haiku style to explain why he would be an outstanding Tippie MBA student: “Globally minded/Innovative and driven/Tippie can sharpen.”

“Social media has been shown to be a powerful tool for business communication, so it makes sense that our applicants demonstrate an ability to use it,” said Colleen Downie, senior assistant dean of Tippie’s full-time MBA program. “This is a way for prospective students to show us that they embrace innovation and are comfortable using the kind of media and technology driving so many changes in business.”

Business Schools Form New Global Alliance

The School of Management at Fudan University has partnered with ESSEC, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, the University of Mannheim Business School, and Keio Business School at Keio University to create the Council on Business and Society: A Global Alliance of Schools of Management. The group will use a multicultural, multischool approach to study critical issues facing business and society, organize an annual international forum, and develop and disseminate educational materials.

Dean’s Book Focuses on Finding Ideas

Andy Boynton, dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, is co-author of a book that challenges many of the assumptions about how great ideas are discovered. In The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen, published this spring by Jossey-Bass, Boynton and co-author Bill Fischer cite a number of successful innovators, executives and entrepreneurs—from Thomas Edison and Walt Disney to Warren Buffett—to show that great ideas come to those who are in the habit of looking for them continually. 

Idea hunters understand that innovation is not always about originality, Boynton told the Boston College Chronicle. “The best ideas are often combinations of existing ideas that are creatively repurposed and combined to solve problems or address new opportunities,” he said.

MBA Regatta Turns 20

INSEAD won the 20th Cranfield MBA Regatta, which attracted 36 crews from 15 European business schools. Hosted by the Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University, the regatta is the oldest of its kind in Europe. This year’s event took place July 22-24 in the Solent, a stretch of sea that separates the Isle of Wight from the UK mainland. Results are posted on the event’s website.


  • The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
  • The University of Notre Dame, IE Business School, and Michigan State University have joined the Forté Foundation. A consortium of leading multinational corporations, top business schools in the US and abroad, and GMAC, Forté has become a powerful change agent in directing women toward leadership roles in business. 


Kushagra Nayan Bajaj has donated US$2.5 million gift to endow a professorship in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder has received US$2.5 million from alumnus Richard M. Burridge Sr. Combined with other support, the gift will establish a chair in finance.

Gary Wendt, the former head of General Electric Capital and Conseco Inc., has donated US$2 million to the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his undergraduate alma mater, to increase access to the school for students across UW-Madison who are interested in business.

The Ontario provincial government will provide C$72.6 million to develop a four-story building that will house the school of business and economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Cleveland State University alumnus Monte Ahuja has donated US$10 million to fund scholarships and endow a professorship in business at his alma mater, which has renamed its college of business in his honor.

Sonnet and Ian McKinnon have committed US$7.5 million to the University of New Mexico, of which US$5 million is earmarked for the Anderson School of Management.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a pledge of US$5 million from alumnus Charles C. Scianna, Jr. and plans to name a proposed building for its College of Business after the donor.

Monte Ahuja has donated US$1 million and pledged another US$1 million to the James J. Nance College of Business Administration at Cleveland State University.


The Chinese University of Hong Kong has signed an agreement with Shenzhen University to establish the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), whose first programs will include science, engineering, economics and management. … At City University London, MSc students at Cass Business School have launched an ambitious Class Gift Club to raise funds for a new MSc scholarship at Cass. … The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College has welcomed 50 students in a new master’s program that combines management education and health care. … The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association has selected the Center for Real Estate Education & Research in the College of Business at Florida State University to serve as its administrative home. …  The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore is expanding to Anekal. … IESE and Brazil-based ISE are partnering to start an EMBA program in Brazil next August. … NUS Business School at National University Singapore has launched a research center, the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations. …Rutgers University and Business Wire have partnered on an executive education “mini-MBA” program, Going Digital –The New Rules of PR, targeted to individuals looking to develop skills for public relations careers in the digital age. … The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and Copenhagen Business School have announced a strategic alliance that covers research, academic programs, student and faculty exchange, and other scholarly pursuits. … An articulation agreement between the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana-Bloomington and the business school at Sun Yat-sen University enables Chinese students to enroll at Kelley Indianapolis for two years after completing the first two years of business school at Sun Yat-sen. Students will graduate with degrees from both institutions. … At the University of Michigan, the Ross School of Business and UM’s college of engineering are partnering in a joint entrepreneurship masters’ degree. The focus is on training students to turn ideas into inventions and inventions into successful businesses. … The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is relocating its Wharton San Francisco campus, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, to a building on the San Francisco Embarcadero this January. The new space will have study rooms, amphitheater classrooms and room for alumni events. … The Society and Business Lab  at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business has announced a undergraduate minor in social entrepreneurship, developed in collaboration with the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, starting this fall. …

The Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester is introducing a full-time Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Medical Management. … The University of Stellenbosch Business School has announced plans to offer South Africa’s first-ever Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership, starting this February. … The Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas has joined the National Society of Hispanic MBAs University Partnership Program. … The University of Tennessee Knoxville’s College of Business Administration and the UT Health Science Center have announced plans to offer a dual program in which students will earn both Doctor of Pharmacy and MBA degrees. …

The Business School of Lausanne and the University of St. Gallen, both in Switzerland, have joined with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to start a Diploma in Sustainable Business program. … Bridgewater State University has named its College of Business in honor of donor Louis M. Ricciardi. … California State University Monterey Bay has added a track in its online MBA program for students who do not have extensive management experience. … Durham University’s Durham Business School and School of Government and International Affairs have partnered to create the Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, a doctoral training center. … Florida Institute of Technology has started Mini MBA certificates in accounting, finance, healthcare management, information technology management, Internet marketing, management, and marketing. … Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai Campus has started a MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management program. … In collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University, the BSE Training Institute Ltd. has started a full-time MBA program focused on financial markets. … Adding to its presence in Ghaziabad, Nagpur, and Dubai, the Institute of Management Technology has established a campus in Hyderabad. … Post University will offer a weekend MBA program on its Waterbury, Connecticut, campus. … Under a new agreement, Shippensburg University will offer its MBA program on the campus of East Stroudsburg University. … The University of North Texas at Dallas has announced a 36-hour weekend MBA program that will cost students US$10,000. … Wilkes University is opening a satellite site in the Pocono Mountains, where it plans to offer an MBA program.


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