MBA News Bites-Part II

Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

Columbia Business School will unveil its redesigned core curriculum this fall with the entering class of 2010, introducing a streamlined set of foundational courses, newly built-in flexibility and a corporate governance module during orientation for first year students.

Across top-tier U.S. business schools, a small but growing number of students are skipping traditional winter on-campus recruitment and its seemingly surefire jobs, says Business News Blog’s recent post: Alternative Routes to and from the Traditional MBA. Instead, they are logging long hours conducting their own searches and networking furiously to get onto the career path they want.

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business has increased its resources in biotechnology and technology transfer with the addition of Steven Roth and Karen Olson as entrepreneurs-in-residence. They will join an already-established roster of six prominent investors and entrepreneurs who donate their time to work in a senior advisory capacity to the emerging firms that the center serves.

In response to the market, London Business School has extended their Executive Education program portfolio by creating Executive Workouts, a series of new two-day programs that address critical business issues concisely yet intensively. This series starts in December 2008 with Coaching for Performance. Find out more on www.londonworkouts.com.

Some international MBA students are already hitting the books in Kellogg’s American Culture and English for International Business Students Program (also known as ACE). Designed in conjunction with Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies for incoming MMM and Two-Year MBA Program students with limited exposure to English as a primary language, the four-week ACE Program gives international students a chance to acclimate themselves to American culture before the rest of their classmates arrive.

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