MBA News Bites

Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

Kenan-Flagler boosts career management effortsIn light of the broad reach of the economic downturn, UNC Kenan-Flagler has poured a great deal more effort into the career management help it offers, and the school has created new outreach efforts to find every job opportunity it can for students and alumni.

Duke India Business Forum draws big response –Some of the most respected figures in Indian commercespoke at last week’s first-ever Duke India Business Forum. The group of 300 students and professionals attending the event gained insight on the Indian economy and established new lines of communication with companies driving India’s economic success, Indiainfoline.com reported.

Duke announces nine-month master’s program in businessFuqua School of Business will offer a new master’s program intended to provide basic entry-level business skills to recent college graduates with no prior career experience. The first class of students in the Master of Management Studies in Foundations of Business program will enter Fuqua in late August.

Virtual Worlds Conference comes to Austin — The McCombs School of Business and the Center for Business, Technology and Law at The University of Texas at Austin will host “New Ventures and Leadership in Virtual Worlds” at the university’s AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center April 2-3. The event is free with registration and will promote innovative exploration of possibilities and understanding of the challenges of tomorrow’s business worlds.

New job market tough on MBAs’ psyches — A recent survey found the suffering economy is costing business school graduates jobs in every industry where they would typically find work, My Fox D.C. reports, and several MBA candidates interviewed at the McDonough School of Business aren’t sure what they’ll do after graduation.

MBA candidates test skills in New OrleansStanford GSB folks who would have clamored for a job on Wall Street just one year ago are spending spring break in the Big Easy helping local entrepreneurs save the world–one flip flop at a time, USA Today reports. The Idea Village, a non-profit created in 2000 to help businesses get on their feet, launched IDEACorps in 2006. This business-oriented Peace Corps concept pairs MBA candidates with local entrepreneurs.

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