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Beedie School Creates Aboriginal EMBA Cohort

The indigenous peoples of Canada, also known as Aboriginals, have long been under-represented in colleges and universities. To help change that—and to serve a pressing need for senior-level management skills in Aboriginal communities—the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University has created an executive MBA in Aboriginal business and leadership cohort, the first of its kind in the country. Students in the cohort will study management concepts and principles already included in the school’s EMBA program as well as business and economic issues from the Aboriginal perspective. Classes start next September.

Andrew Petter, president of Simon Fraser University, said that “this program is particularly needed at a time when Aboriginal peoples are striving to overcome longstanding challenges and seeking to take advantage of new challenges.” Beedie School Dean Daniel Shapiro said that the school believes that “our biggest opportunity to create change for Aboriginal people and communities in BC and Canada is by building capacity of groups of students with common interests and concerns.”

Darden Announces Innovative Dual Degree

The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia is partnering with UVa’s Curry School of Education to create an education executive program, the only one of its kind in the country. The aim of the Curry-Darden MBA/MEd dual degree is to create both innovators and innovations in education. To that end, the program will help train a generation of education reform leaders who seek business skills, as well as future business leaders who have a special interest in education reform.

Mizzou Launches First EMBA

The Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri at Columbia has created its first executive MBA program. The 21-month lockstep cohort program, dubbed execMBA, combines on-campus weekend study with online coursework. Students will add global experience with an eight- to 10-day international residency.

Success from Failure

A competition at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to celebrate failure. As part of a promotion for the book Brilliant Mistakes: Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure, participants who describe their best “brilliant mistake” vie for prizes that include a Wharton executive education course and an invitation to a members-only conference at the Wharton Mack Center for Technological Innovation, among other premiums. The book is authored by Paul J. H. Schoemaker, research director of the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at Wharton and published by Wharton Digital Press.

Merging Law and Business

Earlier this year, Tom Campbell, a former Congressman and past dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, was appointed as dean of the school of law at Chapman University. His first major initiative there was to introduce a program emphasis on business law. Students will complete required and elective courses in accounting for lawyers, federal income tax, law of business startups, international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and financial institutions and corporate ethics, among other topics. The program starts this spring. Chapman students who want an even more intensive education in law and business also have the option of participating in the school’s joint JD/MBA program, offered in coordination with the Argyros School of Business.


  • The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario has opened the first section of a C$110 million building that will top out at some 270,000 square feet. The University of Utah has opened the US$72 million Spencer F. Eccles building. IESE is expanding its Madrid campus on land it acquired next to its existing site and has launched a competition to find an architect for facilities that will host its international executive education programs and new executive management courses in public administration and health care. Harvard Business School has named a building in honor of the late entrepreneur Frank Batten, who earned his MBA at the school in 1952. Among other features, Batten Hall houses the Harvard University innovation lab. Batten donated $32 million to HBS in 2003 as part of its capital campaign.
  • The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis received the inaugural MBA Roundtable Innovator Award for its program Critical Thinking@Olin. Designed to develop critical thinking skills in MBA students, the initiative has had measurable impact on graduates’ success in the job market. The award was created to recognize and promote innovative initiatives in MBA education and acknowledge institutions that are driving change in the field. 
  • Making its MBA admissions process completely paperless, UCLA Anderson School of Management now uses iPads to evaluate candidates.
  • Doug Guthrie, dean of the George Washington University School of Business, completed his 13th marathon at last month’s New York City Marathon. Guthrie ran for the charity Team for Kids, which helps combat childhood obesity through health and fitness programs.


The Stanford Graduate School of Business has established the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies with a US$150 million gift from Dorothy and Robert King. The Institute seeks to stimulate research and innovations that can help alleviate poverty in developing economies.

Washington University in St. Louis has received US$15 million from Charles F. and Joanne Knight and US$10 million from George and Carol Bauer in support of the university’s Olin Business School. 

DePaul University has received US$10 million, the largest single gift in its history, from an anonymous alumnus and his wife. The money will support a professorship and scholarships in the DePaul’s School of Commerce, home to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

With the help of a US$5 million commitment from alumni Mike and Renee Child, the University of California-Davis is launching an interdisciplinary institute devoted to education, research, and outreach in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business has received US$5 million from Andy and Barbara Taylor to support scholarships to foster diversity in the school.

The Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary has received US$3 million from alumnus Frank J. Wood to support faculty fellowships, scholarships, and curriculum development.

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation are donating US$3.2 million to support a three-year partnership to train the next generation of entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio. The funds will support work at Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University as well as at Baldwin-Wallace College and Lorain County Community College.

Australian School of Business researchers have been awarded AUD$2.3 million for seven projects in the latest round of Australian Research Council grants. The largest grant will support development of new models for analyzing socio-economic and financial data.

The China Development Bank has donated US$1.5 million to the China Europe International Business School in support of CEIBS’ Africa Program.

The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Institute at the UCLA Anderson School of Management is a partner in an initiative to establish a center of excellence for HeadStart to serve the nation. HCI will receive US$1.4 million out of the total US$12 million grant.

Rishad Tobaccowala and his sister, Moeena Iyer, have given US$1 million to the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago to support scholarships for students from India.

Investor George Soros has given US$7.55 million to support the new Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Central European University Business School in Budapest.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has received cash and property valued at US$4.15 million from the MaryLou Durkee Management Trust, of which US$1.58 million is earmarked for the UAH College of Business Administration.

An anonymous donor has given US$3 million to establish a chair in critical thinking in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Cambridge Judge Business School has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund to develop a Senior Leadership Development Program that will be offered to some 150 members of UNICEF’s leadership team over two years. … The Cass Business School at City University London is starting a masters in corporate finance program. The school has also created Cass Consulting, a business research and consultancy service. … The China Europe International Business School has started a 21-month part-time finance MBA, CEIBS’ first-ever specialized MBA program. … The Chinese University of Hong Kong has launched a mobile app, “CUHK Mobile.” … Cornell University’s new Environmental Finance and Impact Investing program, a collaboration between the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, will train graduate students to become experts at the intersection of sustainability, the environment, and finance. … Cranfield School of Management has signed an agreement with TiasNimbas Business School of Tilburg University in the Netherlands to offer a joint dual degree international executive doctorate of business administration program. … Beginning this spring, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business will offer a Masters in Management Studies: Finance in the United Arab Emirates. The program will be the school’s first degree program offered completely outside the United States. … In collaboration with ESADE’s executive education unit, ESADE Law School has created a management course targeting corporate lawyers. … EMLYON has started an MSc in sports and outdoor industry management program, which will be run in partnership with the Outdoor Sports Valley consortium in the French Alps. … The George Washington University School of Business and Renmin University of China International College have launched a joint master of science in finance program. … Harvard Business School has announces six executive education programs in China for 2012. The offerings include Driving Corporate Performance, Agribusiness Seminar, Designing and Executing Strategy and Growing a Professional Service Firm, as well as two extended leadership development sessions, the global CEO program and senior executive program. Partners in the programs include the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University; Guanghua School of Management at Peking University; the School of Management at Fudan University; and China Europe International Business School. … IESE has created a Center for Public Leadership and Government, designed to promote the training of senior leaders of public institutions. …

IIM-Bangalore is partnering with the University of Exeter on research, faculty and student exchanges, and other areas of mutual interest. … INSEAD has partnered with Kühne Logistics University to open a research center on humanitarian logistics. The center’s main activities will take place on KLU’s campus in Hamburg with a satellite research group at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. … Great Lakes Institute of Management has started a two-year post graduate diploma in management program. … The first class in the London School of Economics and Political Science’s global master’s in management program starts next September. The 17-month part-time program includes modules taught in Singapore and Istanbul. … Following the decision to dissolve its partnership with Portland State University and Oregon State University, the University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business is revising its executive MBA and executive education programs. The updated Oregon Executive MBA will function as a module- and certificate-based program. Courses will cover such disciplines of innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainable practice, sports enterprise, financial analysis, and global leadership. Students who complete a set of courses will receive a certificate in a specific knowledge area. … The Rollins MBA program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College will start an executive MBA program with Saturday classes. …  Antai College of Economics & Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Texas at Dallas have agreed to offer a joint master in finance program. … The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University has inked an agreement to explore additional research programs and exchanges and pursue consulting and project opportunities with the Indian Institute of Management-Indore. … Thunderbird School of Global Management has created master of science programs in global management and global marketing or global finance. The school is also launching a center for global energy studies. … Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and the College of Business at Abu Dhabi University are starting a dual degree executive master of business administration program, starting this March. Students will earn an EMBA from Abu Dhabi University, and a master’s in global management from Tulane. … The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is spearheading UBC’s commitment to India, which includes the opening of offices in Bangalore and New Delhi and anticipated partnerships with universities and research institutions. Additionally, the Sauder School’s ISIS research center is partnering with the Province of British Columbia and business and non-profit organizations on an initiative to fund social innovation in the province. … The University of California-Davis Graduate School of Management has announced plans to offer a master’s degree in professional accountancy. … Rick Watson, a professor of management information systems at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, is one of the organizers of the Georgia Energy Informatics Cluster, a public-private collaboration of research universities, major corporations, and clean energy firms that seeks to prepare a roadmap for building a robust energy efficiency industry within Georgia. …

The University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and its College of Engineering are accepting applications for the inaugural class of their joint master’s degree program in entrepreneurship. … Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford has started the Oxford 1 + 1 MBA program, which will allow students to pair Oxford University’s one year full-time MBA course with one of a selection of one-year MSc programs offered by other departments at the university. … At the University of Stellenbosch Business School, USB Executive Development and the company Riskflow have agreed to collaborate to develop a mechanism to deliver financial risk management interventions in finance, banking and economics…..The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business has created a center, the Initiative for Business in Society, designed to be “the foremost global catalyst of thought, information and action on business’ role in society.” … Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and Beijing University, partners in the Beijing International MBA, have renewed their partnership for five years. … The School of Business, Public Policy, and Social Entrepreneurship at Ambedkar University Delhi is starting an MBA program. … Era Business School in India and Schiuan University have formalized a collaboration that includes research, faculty development, and students exchanges. … Iona College has opened a “real-time” trading floor in its Hagan School of Business, which will be the centerpiece in the school’s planned Center for Financial Market Studies. … The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art are partnering to offer an MBA/MA in design leadership, focusing on the integration of creative thinking into all aspects of organizational management and development. … Jones International University has started an MBA program in information security management-cyber security. … A partnership between the London School of Business and Finance and the University of Northampton includes a one-year MBA and an MA in international marketing strategy. … Nottingham Business School is taking its successful doctorate in business administration program into new territory with the launch of a Dubai DBA program. … Oklahoma Christian University and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma have established an MBA scholarship program for tribal members. … Southern New Hampshire University has started an online MBA in human resource management and added an MBA concentration in quantitative analysis. … Strathclyde Business School in Scotland is launching a customized MBA program in partnership with William Grant & Sons, a family-owned distiller that includes the Glenfiddich brand. … Symbiosis International University has announced an integrated MBA/PhD program. … The University of Alaska Southeast has announced plans to phase out its MBA program.

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