MBA News Bites

Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

Tough job market is now a news headline staple — A CNN executive education survey and Business First of Columbus are among the many media outlets ringing the death knell for MBAs hitting the job market this spring. Enrollment is certainly on the upswing, but upcoming graduates will have a hard time swallowing when they hear recruiters say they wish they had better news.

A 43% tuition hike? Yikes! — The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University has laid out plans to increase tuition by as much as 43%, just a week after the university announced a moderate increase for many students, Washington Business Journal reports.  Calling the increase necessary to put Carey on a par with peer schools, business school dean Yash Gupta says the increase in tuition will help pay for expanded academic programs, more student services, new technology and improved classroom facilities.

Launching a business school in times of crisis –The full-time MBA program at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO launches this fall, and the school’s international dean Wilfried Vanhonacker tells the Financial Times why now is as good a time as any to open a new MBA program: “Our focus is on fast-moving economies ”“ Russia, India, China…Our belief is that they will come out of the recession much faster than the established economies.”

New loan program for international students finally arrives — We told you about the financial vacuum left by CitiAssist and Sallie Mae in late January, but now it seems international students will be able to fund their MBA dreams after all. Responding to a request from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a leading international bank has joined with experienced service providers in student financial aid to create a new pilot lending program for international students who attend graduate business schools around the world.

MBAs at USC Marshall learn from military experts — MBA students looking for an edge in today’s tight job market got a leg up on the competition with this year’s MBA Leadership Challenge on Feb. 27-28, an innovative program focused on honing valuable ”“ and marketable ”“ leadership skills inspired by US military training.

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