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Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

The Financial Times has created a new website called MBA Gym, which provides free, interactive online training sessions on key concepts, such as Strategy or Finance, taught in MBA programs. The site offers a series of workouts, each lasting for approximately 15 minutes, which aims to give a brief and engaging introduction to the subject.

Starting in Fall 2008, NYU Stern MBA students can enhance their understanding of the nonprofit sector in a new course, “Examining the Nonprofit Capital Market: The Integrated Challenges of Performance Measurement, Scale and Sustainability.” Through course work and guest lectures, students will confront these challenges and address methods for increasing efficiencies through business practice.

The Ross School Office of Admissions has moved the deadline for Round One applications to the full-time MBA Program from Nov. 1, 2008, to Oct. 10, 2008.  Under the new timeline, Round One applicants who are selected for an interview may be invited to do so as early as mid-October. The new deadline also means that all invitations to interview will be sent by Dec. 1, 2008, which enables applicants to complete them before the holidays.

Richard K. Lyons, the chief learning officer of Goldman Sachs, New York, was named the 14th dean of the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business this week. In other news, the school is creating a center focused on developing new management strategies and technologies to promote innovation in American companies and help firms maintain a competitive edge in the global marketplace. The Garwood Center for the Management of Technology and Innovation is being created with a $4.5 million endowment from Haas School alumnus Ed Garwood, BS 31, and his wife, Elsie.

The Financial Times reports that HEC Paris will open the third iteration of its executive MBA program in Beijing in October, targeted towards managers working for Chinese state-owned enterprises. The announcement follows moves by other Western business schools, notably London’s Cass school of business at City University, to freeze programmes in China.

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