News Briefs Stanford Launches Joint Computer Science MS/MBA Program. Recognizing that critical connections are needed between technology, innovation, strategy, and execution in order to move great ideas forward, Stanford University is starting a joint computer science MS/MBA degree program, starting in 2014-15. Students must separately apply to and be accepted by both the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA program and the university’s computer science MS program. Completion of the joint program requires a combined total of 129 units, including 84 units at Stanford GSB and 45 units in the computer science department. The joint program structure will allow students to complete the two degrees in three years. CHUK Pioneers Online Course. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), which formed a partnership earlier this year with Coursera, is offering its first free online course, “The Role of the Renminbi in the International Monetary System.” Manchester Business School Starts Leadership Program. A partnership between the University of Manchester’s Manchester Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership has launched an international leadership program for senior business executives. “Leadership for Societal Impact: The Global Fellows Program” was created to show senior decision makers how to enhance economic value through creating societal value. The program includes one-week program modules offered in a geographical context designed to enhance the relevance of the teaching, including Palo Alto, California; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Windsor, UK; and Shanghai, China. Wharton Pioneers Radio Program with SiriusXM. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and SiriusXM Radio have created “Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School,” a 24/7 radio channel featuring easily accessible information on a wide range of business topics. The channel, due to launch early next year, will feature Wharton professors and alumni as regular weekly hosts, with executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and other experts as special hosts and guests. The channel will air via satellite on SiriusXM channel 111. Virginia Tech Expands MBA Options. Looking to expand enrollments in its part-time MBA formats in northern Virginia and other major metropolitan areas of the state, Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business will now offer three MBA formats for students in careers: an executive MBA in the Washington, D.C. area; a part-time evening MBA, also in metro Washington; and another part-time program, the professional MBA, which alternates class meetings between Richmond and Roanoke. “We’re shifting our emphasis from Blacksburg to larger markets in response to student demand,” said Steve Skripak, Pamplin’s associate dean for graduate programs. UNC Launches MBA Admissions App. The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released The MBA App, a new iPad and iPhone app that provides useful information to prospective MBA students. Designed to help students decide whether to pursue an MBA degree and find the best program for them, the app provides tools and insights to evaluate the right time to pursue an MBA, calculate its return on investment, and develop a plan to finance it. “The MBA App offers tremendous utility to anyone considering an MBA, not just those considering our program,” said Michael Schinelli, chief marketing officer at UNC Kenan-Flagler. The app is available for free download in the Apple App Store. An Android version is planned. ©2002-2021, Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®). All rights reserved.