B-School Buzz: Riding Out Downturn, MBAs to India, London B-School Podcast, and More

Last Updated Nov 7, 2008 12:51 PM EST

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india_welcome.JPGAs jobs shrink in the troubled economies of the West, some of their top business schools are increasingly networking with India-based alumni to explore opportunities. Indian companies are still averaging double-digit growth and the broader economy, despite a slowdown, is predicted to grow 7 percent this year. That's why many western B-school graduates are scouting for jobs in India, the Hindustan Times reports.

Wall Street's collapse is creating divergent effects for business school students and applicants, The Washington Post reports. MBA students are thankful to ride out the downturn in the sanctuary of academia, while those applying to master's degree programs in business administration are jittery about a surge in competition.

It's not just in finance that the inquests have begun, Britain's Guardian newspaper says. What part have the business schools and business academics played in the implosion of the world's banking system? That was the question posed in a letter to the Financial Times by Nottingham University Business School's professor Ken Starkey.

In a new podcast, Associate Professor of Management Practice in Entrepreneurship John Mullins discusses teaching entrepreneurship to Executive MBA students at London Business School, and the importance of the real world experience they share with each other.

The MIT Sloan School of Management is teaming up with four international business schools to offer a one-year Masters in Management Studies degree, beginning in the 2009-10 academic year, Financial Times reports. The four schools are HEC Paris, in France, the business schools at two Chinese universities, Tsinghua in Beijing and Fudan in Shanghai, and the SKK Graduate School of Business at Korea's Sungkyunkwan University.

EMLYON Business School has announced the first Global Entrepreneurship Program, which launches in September 2009 and will prepare entrepreneurs for success in a global context. This rigorous Master of Science degree is conferred in conjunction with some of the world's most prestigious entrepreneurial MBA programs, including Babson College in the U.S. and Zhejiang University in China.

The Wisconsin School of Business of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will partner with HEC Paris in the development and delivery of a new Real Estate program at HEC, as part of the HEC Real Estate Chair sponsored by Morgan Stanley and Unibail-Rodamco. Ranked number 2 by U.S. News & World Report among leading real estate programs in the United States, the Wisconsin School of Business will contribute its experience and bring an international dimension to HEC's program.

UC Davis Graduate School of Management dean Nicole Woolsey Biggart will receive the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education's 2008 Faculty Pioneer Award for Institutional Impact. The annual recognition, dubbed the "Oscars of the business school world" by the Financial Times, celebrates MBA faculty who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating social and environment issues into academic research, educational programs and business practice.

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  • Stacy Blackman

    Stacy Sukov Blackman is president of Stacy Blackman Consulting, where she consults on MBA admissions. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Stacy serves on the Board of Directors of AIGAC, the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants, and has published a guide to MBA Admissions, The MBA Application Roadmap.