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MBA Olympics Return

More than one thousand MBA students from Europe’s leading business schools will compete in the ultimate business school Olympics at HEC Paris later this week. London Business School, IE Business School and INSEAD are among …

More than one thousand MBA students from Europe’s leading business schools will compete in the ultimate business school Olympics at HEC Paris later this week. London Business School, IE Business School and INSEAD are among 13 top schools taking  students to the annual MBA Tournament (MBAT).

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Hosted and organized by students at HEC Paris, the MBAT is largest gathering of MBA candidates at any single event in Europe. Here, participants can network with other students and alumni from across the globe, develop their team working abilities and, of course, take home a little sporting glory.

This year, teams will compete in 23 sports, from football, cricket and rugby to chess, poker and – new to 2014 – ultimate frisbee. There are also themed evening events, such as a Glam Rock party, to give competitors the opportunity to unwind and make new friends.

“The MBAT is one of the best things we do at HEC Paris,” says MBAT Co-President Katrina Senn, will join her fellow classmates in the HEC Paris ultimate frisbee team. “The competition brings classmates together as a team and lets us show other schools what we’re capable of. In fact, this year, we’re seeing increased participation from all of the schools coming to compete as it continues to gain in popularity.”

This year’s participating schools are:

  • University of Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Cranfield University School of Management
  • IE Business School
  • INSEAD
  • London Business School
  • Manchester Business School
  • University of Oxford Saïd Business School
  • RSM Erasmus University
  • TiasNimbas Business School
  • ESADE Business School
  • IESE Business School
  • Lancaster University Management School
  • HEC Paris

For the organizers, creating the event has been a valuable experience. “It’s been a crazy ride. I came to HEC with little leadership experience – I started as an English teacher in Japan – and now I’m learning how to manage a team with very different backgrounds and opinions,” says Senn. “I’m discovering myself as a leader through the MBAT. Together, we’re learning how to work as a team with a common goal – making the quality of the MBAT reflect the quality of HEC and all of the participating schools.”

 The three-day sporting competition is in its 24th year and will take place from May 8th to May 10th.

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Kellogg School Takes 1st Place in Sustainable Investing Challenge

A team of students from the Kellogg School of Management has taken first place in the 2014 Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge with their proposed investment vehicle that would remediate contaminated land in the U.S. …

A team of students from the Kellogg School of Management has taken first place in the 2014 Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge with their proposed investment vehicle that would remediate contaminated land in the U.S. through reforestation.

This preeminent global competition is geared for students to develop investment vehicles aiming at delivering positive social and environmental impact and competitive financial returns.

Last week at Morgan Stanley’s New York City headquarters, Kellogg’s Nicole Chavas, Nathen Holub, Laura Kimes and April Mendez presented their winning idea for the Fresh Coast Forest Fund, which would lease 25,000 acres of contaminated municipal land to plant poplar tree farms on contaminated urban and industrial sites. Poplars naturally clean and restore soil by absorbing toxins, and could be harvested for use as biomass or wood product.

As a collaboration among the Kellogg School of Management, INSEAD, and the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, the competition seeks to identify the next generation of sustainable investing practitioners, connect emerging leaders with industry professionals, and foster even greater emphasis on sustainability at graduate schools around the world.

At last week’s event, ten finalist teams proposed investment vehicles addressing issues including agriculture, solar energy and sanitation. In February, more than 220 students from 39 schools in 10 different countries submitted prospectuses for the competition.

A team from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business won second place for their proposal, myCatch, a lending vehicle that would provide loans to organizations on behalf of small-scale sustainable fisheries.

“It is exciting to see today’s students—tomorrow’s financial professionals—pushing the frontiers of financial innovation to achieve positive social or environmental impact,” says Jamie Jones, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management. “The young leaders who participated in the competition will be a driving force for the conversation about sustainable investing at their academic institutions.”

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INSEAD Deadlines for January 2015 Intake

The INSEAD MBA program has posted the deadlines  for the January 2015 intake. Round 1 Deadline: March 21, 2014 Interview Notification: April 25, 2014 Final Decision Notification: June 6, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: May 28, …

The INSEAD MBA program has posted the deadlines  for the January 2015 intake.

INSEAD deadlines

Round 1

Deadline: March 21, 2014
Interview Notification: April 25, 2014
Final Decision Notification: June 6, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: May 28, 2014
Interview Notification: June 27, 2014
Final Decision Notification: August 8, 2014

Round 3

Deadline: July 25, 2014
Interview Notification: September 5, 2014
Final Decision Notification: October 10, 2014

INSEAD strongly encourages applicants to apply a couple of days prior to the application deadline if possible to avoid the peak period. Competition for each round is relatively equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM Central European Time on the day of the deadline. Visit INSEAD’s admissions website for more information.

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INSEAD Releases Deadlines for September 2014 Intake

INSEAD has posted the deadlines for the September 2014 intake. The three deadlines are: Round 1 Deadline: October 2, 2013 Interview Decision Notification: November 8, 2013 Final Decision Notification: December 20, 2013 Round 2 Deadline: November …

INSEAD deadlines

INSEAD has posted the deadlines for the September 2014 intake. The three deadlines are:

Round 1
Deadline: October 2, 2013
Interview Decision Notification: November 8, 2013
Final Decision Notification: December 20, 2013

Round 2
Deadline: November 27, 2013
Interview Decision Notification: January 10, 2014
Final Decision Notification: February 21, 2014

Round 3
Deadline: March 5, 2014
Interview Decision Notification: April 11, 2014
Final Decision Notification: May 23, 2014

Applicants should note that competition for each round is relatively equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for. INSEAD reviews the pool of applications submitted within each round independently, keeping the “offer ratio” (percentage of candidates accepted vs. applications received) fairly constant across all rounds.

All applications must be submitted by midnight Central European Time on the day of the deadline.

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Kellogg School Wins 2013 International Impact Investing Challenge

Four MBA students from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management took top honors at the 2013 International Impact Investing Challenge on April 26th at the World Bank in Washington, DC. The third annual competition, hosted …

Four MBA students from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management took top honors at the 2013 International Impact Investing Challenge on April 26th at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

The third annual competition, hosted and organized by Kellogg and INSEAD, challenged graduate students to propose and defend a sustainable investment strategy that supports progress on global impact issues. Twelve finalist teams presented their proposals to a panel of judges, including experienced officers and investors of family foundations, pension funds and university endowments.

Innovation in Healthcare

The winning team, Outcomes Innovation Capital, included Kellogg students William “BJ” Bronston, Rebecca Johnson, Ratula “Milly” Shome and Nikki Tyler. The team won first place for their outcomes-based security to address the diabetes epidemic in the United States.

“Our team is thrilled at the support we have received regarding the outcomes-based security we developed,” said Tyler, speaking on behalf of the team. “We are excited by both its financial and social potential and look forward to continuing its development in the future.”

The team will receive $10,000. The overall runner up, Thammasat Business School from Thailand, was recognized for EThree Fund and will receive $5,000.

High Performance, High Reward

“This challenge provides a platform for graduate students to create and pitch high-performance, high-reward and high-impact investment strategies to prospective institutional investors,” said Jamie Jones, director of social entrepreneurship at Kellogg.

“Once again, the judges were impressed by the innovative and displays of financial creativity exhibited by the finalists on topics like flexible farm financing, medical education loan models, and funds to address urban food deserts.”

The International Impact Investing Challenge is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, World Bank Institute, Morgan Stanley, McCall Foundation, Milken Institute, Equilibrium Capital Group, and Impact Assets.

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INSEAD’s Alternative Admissions Exam

For applicants contemplating an executive MBA from INSEAD, know that the school introduced its own specially designed EMBA admissions test in February of this year that seems to be garnering a very positive response from …

For applicants contemplating an executive MBA from INSEAD, know that the school introduced its own specially designed EMBA admissions test in February of this year that seems to be garnering a very positive response from test-takers.

If you’re still wondering whether to do the GMAT or the INSEAD test, take a look at these points of comparison INSEAD has shared with us, which may inform your decision.

INSEAD EMBA Admissions Test GMAT
Designed for senior level, busy, international applicants Designed for 20-something MBA applicants
Used only for INSEAD EMBA programmes – Global ExecutiveMBA (GEMBA) and Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) Can be used for applications to other leading EMBA programmes
Preparation required: none, this is a test of raw talent.  But practice tests are available Preparation required: most people start preparing and practising 3 to 6 months before the taking the test; 3rd party preparation available around the world
Content: data analysis, data interpretation, communication analysis, critical thinking, plus business-scenario presentation (no non-applied mathematics or English grammar) Content: verbal, mathematical and integrated reasoning, plus analytical writing skills (includes some rule-based mathematics and English grammar correction)
INSEAD Interview:  Jury Panel which occurs on the same day as the test INSEAD Interview:  Alumnus in your home country, subject to availability
Timing: after applying to INSEAD, having passed a first pre-screening round Timing: before applying to INSEAD
Venue:  Any of the three INSEAD campuses (Fontainebleau, France; Singapore; Abu Dhabi, UAE).  Can be combined with a campus tour ”“ a good opportunity to get a feel for the school culture! Venue: Delivered in a GMAT testing center;  550 in more than 110 countries
 Frequency: approximately once a month Frequency: regularly offered
 Retakes: Not Applicable. One shot only Retakes: test can be repeated after 31 days have elapsed and can be taken up to 5 times in a 12-month period
 Cost: €185 Cost: €200 plus preparation costs, if needed

 

The final decision is yours, and INSEAD assures applicants that your choice won’t affect how the school views your candidacy. Keep in mind that testing is ultimately to your benefit, as it guarantees all of your classmates will have strong analytical and linguistic abilities.

To learn more about INSEAD’s alternative admissions exam, take at look at these FAQs, which offer insight on preparing for the test and lay out the five components that make up the test.


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