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Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

To equip executives with the knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving world of media and entertainment, UCLA Anderson School of Management presented the second annual Entertainment and Media Executive Program June 17-20, 2008. The four-day intensive program focused on the challenges and opportunities that emerge from an ever-accelerating shift of production, distribution and consumption of media and entertainment into the digital realm.

The EMLYON Business School is offering two new scholarships to encourage the entrepreneurial leadership attitude and academic excellence required to successfully complete their International MBA program. “The 2008 Entrepreneurial Scholarship” covers 50% of tuition fees and rewards candidates with a strong entrepreneurial focus. “The 2008 Excellence Scholarship” covers 75% of tuition fees and rewards academic excellence.

From the last issue of The Harbus for the academic year: 50 Reasons Why HBS is Better than Real Life provides a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at all the things about HBS that right now look infinitely preferable to the big, cold, scary world out there.

QS Top MBA explores what top business schools can do in this interview with student Alexey Shalimov, who shares his first impressions, and first disappointments, of the Wharton full-time MBA program he began in July 2007.

Also of interest this week at QS Top MBA: Can a top business school really teach entrepreneurship? Isn’t innovation something that you either have or don’t? According to one of the world’s leading academics in the field of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) and the man who set up the E&I Center at MIT’s Sloan School of Business, there is a definite role for business school in developing the skill sets of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Business Week’s Francesca Di Meglio reports that the slowing economy is raising the stakes for MBAs hoping to turn their summer internship into a full-time job offer. Although it’s unclear whether employers will be making fewer job offers at the end of the summer, it’s likely interns will find themselves in an increasingly tight job market, especially in the ailing financial and consulting sectors.

In a slightly different reading of the fortunes to come, the Graduate Management Admission Council says new MBAs find success landing jobs before graduation. In fact, GMAC has found that the percentage of students with job offers before graduation is at its highest level since 2001.

An Inside Higher Ed editorial advances the belief that it’s time to go un-global. According to finance professor George Morgan, all around us, the free movement of goods, services, people and capital across political borders is losing political strength and popularity. Morgan asserts that it’s past time for colleges and universities to fully accept the trend before they and their graduates entering the un-global world are left behind.

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