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The path to a high-powered career in investment banking suddenly is full of roadblocks for MBA students who have seen Wall Street drastically reshaped while they sit in the classroom.

The Haas School at UC Berkeley will host its first-ever Asia Business Center Conference and Gala Dec. 1 in Singapore, spotlighting the family businesses that power Asia’s economy. The day-long event will bring together Haas faculty and top Asian business, academic, and political leaders to learn from each other and network.

MBA students are taking stock amid troubling times, USA Today reports. For many attending business school, this crisis has refocused their priorities and has many feeling like they want to be part of something they believe in…in other words, overt greed is out.

The faculty at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business has approved changes in the school’s curriculum that will add flexibility to an MBA program already known for allowing students wide latitude in course selection.

Babson College has joined up with France’s EM Lyon Business School and tax specialists KPMG to organize the first World Entrepreneurship Forum. The three-day annual forum, which was founded by EM Lyon, is intended to become a worldwide think-tank dedicated to entrepreneurs and their role in society.

With the banking industry in crisis, many job-seeking MBAs””especially those who once dreamed of lucrative careers in investment banking””are rushing to broaden their options by applying to consulting firms, BusinessWeek reports.

Advanced management programs aim to give elite executives high-end crash courses on crucial topics, Wall Street Journal reports. These programs eschew most of the basics offered in traditional or executive MBA programs because, say administrators, these students are well beyond that fare; most have more than 15 years of management experience.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business brings the “Global Week of Entrepreneurship” to China, where learning, connections and leadership underscore the school’s ongoing presence in the world’s fastest growing economy.

This week’s edition of The Harbus offers a discussion on what the financial crisis means to HBS. Dean Jay Light reduced the entire crisis we’re facing to three letters: LTL. Too much Leverage and too little Transparency resulted in drying up of Liquidity.

Ten teams of graduate students will tackle a real-world challenge that illustrates the link between people and strategic business issues in the second annual National MBA Human Capital Case Competition on Oct 16-18, hosted by the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and sponsored by Deloitte and GE.

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