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The Wall Street Journal reports that B-schools are moving to assist alums as university career offices brace for a tough recruiting year and the possibility of more layoffs and jobless alumni to come. Schools were largely unprepared for the onslaught of grads looking back to their alma maters for job help when the Wall Street woes began.

The University of Cambridge, together with Judge Business School, will be hosting the first international ‘Entrepreneurship for a Zero Carbon Society‘ conference September 22-24, 2008. Held at the Sidgwick Site in Cambridge, it will provide a platform for international experts from the key fields involved in tackling climate change, to present the latest research and ideas in an open-minded and politically neutral forum.

This week, Financial Times‘ Soapbox argues for the value of attending B-school sooner rather than later. According to James Brickley, Gleason professor of business administration, and Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School of Business, the benefit of having a framework to solve business problems that an MBA education provides may be greater if that learning occurs earlier in a career.

Deans from top international business schools recently gathered to discuss the current and future state of management education in China. The event was the latest in a series of roundtables held around the world and organized and moderated by Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Santiago Iñiguez, dean of Instituto de Empressa.

Harvard Business School has accepted the first undergraduates who will take part in HBS 2+2, the school’s groundbreaking deferred MBA admission program. The HBS 2+2 program was designed to reach a diverse group of high-achieving college students studying in the fields of science, engineering, healthcare, government, and public service, among other disciplines, as they begin to explore career and graduate school opportunities.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. has announced the addition of 12 new academic and nonprofit partners to provide a business and management education to underserved women in Brazil, China, India, and the Philippines. Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford is collaborating with Zhejiang University in China and Insead with Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) in Brazil. The other five European business schools involved in the project are HEC Paris, IE Business School and Iese Business School, both in Spain, and London Business School and the Judge Business School in Cambridge, UK.

As the financial landscape shifts, BusinessWeek reports that B-schools are busy reaching out to nervous students whose job prospects are suddenly far from certain. Alan Johnson, CEO of Johnson Associates, a compensation consultancy, predicts hiring will be down by as much as 50% this fall, with students entering what will be one of the most fiercely competitive job markets in recent years.

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