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More women join financial industry but salaries are not equal

Find out which schools are in the FT Global Masters in Finance ranking of 2017<p>Gender diversity is increasing among graduates working in the financial industry, according to data collected for the 2017 edition of the Financial Times ranking of masters in finance programmes.<p>The proportion of enrolled …

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Chinese students and political uncertainty drive rise in applications for financial courses

Challenge for schools is to keep up with trends and skills<p>Political uncertainty and the complex global economic environment have created more demand than ever for well-rounded finance graduates. This is good news for those teaching these subjects, as the numbers of people from around the world who …

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Brexit bonus for students seeking worldwide financial careers

UK schools benefit as sterling’s fall boosts applications<p>There is a fear among the hundreds of thousands employed in financial services and related jobs in London and south-east England that the UK’s exit from the EU will push jobs overseas. Estimates put the number of workers in the sector in …

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Universities add blockchain to course list

Demand for talented individuals far exceeds the available supply<p>The market for recruiting blockchain engineers has been described as “red hot”. But where can aspiring software coders find training about the intricacies of this technology? There has been a surprising dearth of courses available in …

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Finance sector employers hunt for digital natives

Generation Y lacks technical expertise, business acumen and the ability to influence<p>These should be exciting times for finance graduates: tougher regulations and new reporting standards are being written to prevent another global financial crisis; the emergence of new fintech challengers is …

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Brexit exacts a heavy toll on UK business schools

France and Spain sense an opportunity as top professors seek employment outside Britain<p>Luis Garicano arrived in the UK a decade ago to take up the role of professor of economics and strategy in the department for management at the London School of Economics. Today, he is preparing to return home to …

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Business school: Indispensable CEOs and the benefits of saying no

Can you convince your star CEOs that they need to moderate their pay demands?<p><i>Welcome to the FT Business school newsletter, a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and business-related challenges. FT subscribers can sign up here to receive the newsletter by email every Monday.</i> …

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How complementary strengths boost team performance

An optimised mix of talent that works together is more effective than one superstar<p>Whether it be for business school projects, creating or joining start-ups, or going to work for large organisations, MBA students often have to focus on building teams. While choosing the best and brightest people is …

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Chatri Sityodtong: Harvard graduate turned Asia’s king of martial arts

One Championship MMA series aims for 2bn TV viewers and weekly events across region<p>Chatri Sityodtong survived on a diet of budget Korean buffets while an undergraduate at Harvard. Now, the protean martial arts expert, former internet entrepreneur and one-time hedge fund manager wants to create the …

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How to turn that MBA internship into a job

Business school students need clear goals if a placement is to lead to a full-time role<p>Hamish Forwood-Stokes is midway through an internship with Splittable, a financial services start-up with offices above a Vietnamese restaurant in the east London district of Shoreditch. The stint is part of his …

The academics who study the secrets of work

Five leading business school professors nominate peers with the most original research<p>From technology to the gig economy to big data, business school academics study the forces that will shape our working lives. We asked five leading business school professors who specialise in researching the …

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Investment bank internships: a guide for MBAs

Students should beware the overconfidence that can often squander opportunities<p>French philosophers are generally not part of the curriculum covering the skills needed for investment banking and financial modelling. However, with the time for summer internships in the banking industry drawing near, …

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Business school: Crisis management, German business schools

How would you prevent avoidable disasters?<p><i>Welcome to the FT Business school newsletter, a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and business-related challenges. FT subscribers can sign up here to receive the newsletter by email every Monday. If you have any feedback about FT</i> …

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German business schools seize chance to outshine rivals

Overseas applications soar as students seek alternatives to US and UK<p>If students at Berlin-based ESMT want a glimpse of recent history rather than a lesson in the latest business case study, they need only look up. Looming over them in the main lecture hall wall is a tiled mosaic, featuring the …

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AI and collective decision-making for 21st-century management

Information systems will help break down company silos and better inform strategy<p>The future of work is high on chief executives’ agendas. But, at a recent forum where senior managers from major companies agreed that changes, such as automation, artificial intelligence, the rise of non-traditional …

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FT Executive Education Rankings 2017

Iese and IMD tighten their grip on the top for customised and open-enrolment programmes<p>IMD and Iese Business Schools have tightened their grip on the top spots of the twin FT executive education rankings, monopolising first and second places for both open-enrolment and customised programmes.<p>Swiss …

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Business school: Executive courses ranking, Michelin’s revolution

Do you believe managers are necessary? Email us your thoughts<p><i>Welcome to the FT Business school newsletter, a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and business-related challenges. FT subscribers can sign up here to receive the newsletter by email every Monday. If you have any</i> …

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Followers of fashion struggle to break into luxury

Specialist MBA courses tailored to the sector are risky — getting a job is tough<p>New York City is used to setting trends. But when NYU Stern School of Management announced a specialist one-year MBA in luxury and fashion this month, it was following rather than leading the crowd.<p>Specialist masters …

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Students on the cities beyond the business school gates

Postcards from study destinations around the world<p>San Francisco<p>The San Francisco Bay area is fabulous and there are some spectacular vineyards in the surrounding region, but the weather can be unpredictable due to the microclimates. In our spare time, we played a lot of golf and watched a lot of …

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Business schools take a playful approach to leadership

From kidnaps to oil rig disasters, ‘serious games’ are helping to train executives<p>Divining what employers want from executive education is increasingly easy. The message is clear: companies want business schools to loosen up, open their doors and use their imaginations. You could say they want …

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How edtech start-ups are shaking up executive education

Disruption prompts innovative partnerships and experimentation in teaching<p>Executive education has long been a lucrative market for business schools, but they now face competition from tech start-ups, which have seen an opportunity for market disruption.<p>New York-based Grovo, for example, offers what …

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Elite athletes on fast track to business school

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business offers former Olympians a bespoke education<p>When a knee injury forced Lashinda Demus to withdraw from contention for the US team at the Rio Olympics, the former world champion hurdler, who had hoped to better her silver in the 400m event at the 2012 London …

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Nationality grants open doors to MBA hopefuls

Business schools lure applicants from preferred countries with generous scholarships<p>Kelly McCracken can thank her family ties for her place at business school. The 26-year-old claims case manager at Liberty Mutual in Boston will start her MBA at the University of Edinburgh Business School with most …

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Harvard and its business school acolytes are due a rethink

The ‘golden passport’ lures ambitious students but case method is ripe for change<p>I often get the feeling that all roads lead to Harvard Business School. Such is the institution’s gravitational pull that even an idea for a column that starts on quite a different trajectory gets dragged back into its …

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Foreign students shun US over Trump

Most US business schools report drop in applications from overseas<p>Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House has damaged perception of the country’s valuable MBA degree market among outsiders, despite his pro-business agenda.<p>Halfway through the current admissions cycle, 64 per cent of US business …

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Stanford top in MBA ranking for jobs in finance

Alumni of California school achieve best salaries in high-paying sector<p>The Californian school, known for its focus on entrepreneurship and self-development, came top in this ranking of the 50 best generalist MBA programmes worldwide for careers in finance. The ranking was based on responses of …

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Edinburgh tips the gender balance with its low MBA tuition fees

A revamped affordable programme and a female-friendly policy make its campus a winner<p>The centuries-old cobbled streets that criss-cross the University of Edinburgh’s campus are a physical reminder of the long history of education in Scotland’s capital. But step on to the business school and you can …

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Fintech lures MBAs away from banking and consulting

Salaries are less of a concern to those who aim to be agents of disruption<p>Before taking her place at the Wharton School, Neha Goel followed a conventional pre-MBA career path, working as a consultant at Deloitte, the professional services firm.<p>After graduation, however, she will join the riskier …

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MBAs must grasp that business and politics are closely linked

A CEO cannot make a decision in a political or economic vacuum<p>It seems increasingly fashionable for managers to worry and complain about how unstable, risky and dangerous the world has become, as fears of low economic growth and geopolitical tensions rise. The French election highlights these …

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