Graduate Management News

August 2015

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

Global Program News

  • University of San Diego’s Graduate School of Business Administration selects new dean. Jaime Alonso Gómez has been appointed dean of the school effective Aug. 17. Gómez has extensive international experience as a professor, consultant, researcher, and board member across the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. He served as founding dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership at Tec de Monterrey campuses in Mexico City, Monterrey, and at the national level for the EGADEs of the Tec de Monterrey System.
  • US News announced top 10 business schools for international students. When it comes to earning an MBA, many students look toward the US. The following business schools had the highest percentage of full-time international students for fall 2014, according to US News: University of California—Riverside (Anderson); Syracuse University (Whitman); Thunderbird School of Global Management; Hofstra University (Zarb); Babson College (Olin); University of Delaware (Lerner); Bentley University (McCallum); University of California—San Diego (Rady); University of Connecticut; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally). At these 10 schools, an average 63 percent of 2014 MBA seekers arrived from other countries. That's compared with an average 33 percent among all 126 ranked schools reporting that figure to US News.
  • Business schools unite to expand opportunities for women. The Council on Women and Girls and the Council of Economic Advisers recently hosted a convening at the White House that focused on opportunities for business schools and the business community to work together to ensure that students are trained to lead in the 21st century and to expand opportunities for women in business. Research shows that greater diversity in the workforce increases productivity, improves decision making, and heightens performance. But in 2014, only 5 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies were women, and in 2013, only 17 percent of board seats at these companies were held by women. The following best practices emerged from the event, which grew out of discussions among business school deans: Ensuring access to business schools and business careers; building a business school experience that prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow; ensuring career services that go beyond the needs of traditional students; and exemplifying how organizations should be run.
  • Gustavson School of Business develops custom MBA program for Telus Corp. In an effort to reimagine the way it educates and trains, Telus Corp., the Canadian telecommunications company, sought proposals from 10 Canadian business schools. The winning proposal came from the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, a provider of executive education and other training to Telus since 2009. In October, a cohort of 20 Telus managers will begin a two-year MBA program whose content is largely that offered to full-time students. Unlike those in the regular MBA, Telus employees will pursue their studies through a combination of classroom learning (residential stints in Victoria and one overseas location), video lectures and virtual collaborations using Telus technology. By design, some of the program content will be tailored to leadership and strategy issues specific to Telus and the telecom industry. Collaboration is a key feature of the Telus-tailored degree, with the company’s senior leaders slated to teach in the MBA program through executive-in-residence and guest lecture opportunities