MBA News Bites-Part II

Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

Financial Times has reported that the MIT Sloan School of Management will launch a new masters in finance degree program in response to student and industry demand for a more specialized approach to business education. The 12-month program, targeted at aspiring traders, investment bankers and money managers, is slated to start in September next year.

The New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and the Swiss Finance Institute announced the creation of a new executive learning program to tackle future challenges presented by the global financial system. The specialized executive MBA in Banking and Financial Institutions Management assembles a faculty offering an unrivaled concentration of global expertise in banking and finance.

Yale SOM’s Global Business Leadership Program, held during the recent Olympic Games, hosted a series of discussions and lectures which brought together more than a hundred CEOs, journalists, and government leaders from around the world to discuss the state of global business and the rapidly growing role of China as an economic power.

Hispanic Business magazine named McCombs the top business school for Hispanic MBA students for 2008 in its annual rankings. “The University of Texas at Austin’s close proximity and long standing relationship with Latin America creates an ideal atmosphere at the McCombs School of Business for Latinos and Hispanic Americans, who annually make up six to eight percent of the full-time MBA program,” the magazine states.

The USC Marshall School of Business has entered a partnership with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to ease admission requirements to USC’s Master of Science in Business Administration program for students who have earned a Media Management MBA in Korea.

The Berges Lecture Series in Business Ethics begins on Sept. 9 with a panel discussion about climate change from a business perspective. The annual fall lecture series, hosted by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, features senior executives speaking about their experiences with the ethical dimensions of business. Lectures are held at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Watch out, would-be fibbers, BusinessWeek warns. Business schools are scrutinizing applications harder than ever, and résumé “puffing,” or exaggerating your work experience and qualifications””even slightly””to appear more desirable, could cost you an acceptance letter.

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