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Amazon’s shopping spree at business schools

How the retailer has become one of the biggest recruiters of MBA graduates<p>In San Francisco’s Bay Area and London’s Shoreditch, dropping out of college to found a business is a badge of honour. But not if you want to work for a large, established technology company.<p>Amazon, together with Google and …

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Business school: Amazon MBA hiring and cyber attack defences

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Indian students turn away from US business schools

Donald Trump’s tough stance on immigration is a boon for Canadian schools<p>When Urvi Bhandare decided to leave her native Mumbai to study for an MBA overseas, the 23-year-old management consultant’s first instinct was to apply for one of the top US schools.<p>But Ms Bhandare was dissuaded from chasing …

Business school: Ways to remove unwanted staff

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How to reinvent yourself as a business school academic

Universities want to hire former executives, but competition is fierce<p>Rupert Merson fell into lecturing at London Business School after a colleague bottled out of giving a talk. “He said he had double booked with a client meeting, but I think he had lost his nerve,” Mr Merson, a partner at …

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Brexit vote provides an unexpected upside for law students

Those from all over the world are studying EU law to get ahead in the race for jobs<p>Not many academics are overjoyed about Brexit. But for Anu Bradford, it has provided a big opportunity.<p>The professor in international economic law and EU law at New York’s Columbia University used to struggle to …

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Theresa May’s clampdown on international students is a mystery

There is no reason to include those arriving to study in the migration target<p>With Brexit negotiations expected to start soon, Theresa May will strive to achieve what she believes most Leave voters want: a significant reduction in immigration. It will be difficult. Incomers from outside the EU are …

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Business school: Online MBA ranking and the 400-year-old glass ceiling

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Fast-rising rival closes on top two in FT Online MBA Ranking 2017

Isenberg narrows gap on IE and Warwick business schools<p>Isenberg School of Management has made the top three of the FT Online MBA Ranking for the first time, coming behind IE and Warwick business schools, in first and second places, respectively.<p>The school at the University of Massachusetts Amherst …

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FT Online MBA Ranking 2017: Methodology

How the table is researched and compiled<p>The FT Online MBA ranking features the world’s best programmes. A total of 22 schools took part in the 2017 edition.<p>All participating schools must meet the FT’s strict entry criteria. The school must be internationally accredited and programmes must have run …

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Key to the FT’s Online MBA Ranking 2017

The criteria used to compile the ranking, and how it affected the score<p>Weighting in brackets<p>Salary today US$ (20): average alumni salary three years after graduation, $ PPP equivalent (See methodology). †<p>Salary increase (10): percentage increase in alumni salary in current job compared with three …

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Online MBAs: digital degrees come of age

More students are enrolling and more schools are entering the market<p>Technology has transformed the way people live and work but it has yet to change fundamentally the MBA market. Despite the digitisation of many aspects of teaching, not least the plethora of free-to-study Moocs (massive open online …

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Coursera chief on the future of online learning and the Trump era

He believes businesses will start to offer training for staff further down the pyramid<p>Rick Levin looks to life-long education and direct sales to companies<p>When Rick Levin, chief executive of Coursera, ordered a delivery of tea from a boutique supplier in Colorado recently, he had no idea that the …

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Online MBA classrooms: virtually like the real thing?

Advocates say technology makes remote study as good as being there — or better<p>It would not be spotted in an ordinary lecture theatre but Jessica Zimmerman’s nod is enough to attract the professor’s attention. Her head and shoulders can be seen clearly on a large TV screen, one of 48 on a curved …

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Business schools look to online MBAs to tackle gender imbalance

Some believe distance learning may be more female friendly<p>Redressing the gender imbalance among students is high on the agenda for many business schools. While most struggle, others have seen an opportunity in the potential appeal to women of online MBAs and have focused on recruiting female …

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Graduates reveal the strengths and weaknesses of online MBAs

Flexibility is the draw — but self-discipline is vital and networking can suffer<p>Lydia Wilkinson<p>Online MBA, Indiana University: Kelley, US. Global project manager at Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical group.<p>Learning to work virtually is essential today. By going to school online, I became very …

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Spotify points the way to new models of online business education

Business schools rethink how to make money in the digital era<p>Scott DeRue, dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, thinks his employer needs a new business model. His idea sounds a lot like the music streaming service Spotify.<p>The university earns about $80m a year from …

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Flexibility of online MBAs opens door for the time-poor

When I first got a place it was about career growth. Now it is about getting out of my comfort zone<p>Students tell how they juggle study with work and family commitments<p>Khilona Radia was about to return to full-time education at London Business School when two events made her abandon her long-held …

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Massive open online courses go beyond business basics

Options range from 3D printing to digital accessibility for the disabled<p>FT Mooc Tracker lists more than 400 courses at ft.com/mooc.<p>Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society (FutureLearn)<p>The course shows how technologies, documents and websites can be developed to be …

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Women still balk at risk of investing in MBAs

Business schools go to great lengths to lure the best female applicants<p>Meron Myers, a 24-year-old Bank of America mortgage officer, was hard at work in Washington DC one afternoon last year when she received an unexpected phone call. On the line was Sarah Fisher Gardial, dean of the Tippie College …

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Long lives mean endless demand for coaching

Spain’s jobless MBAs<p>Spain’s brutal rates of unemployment since the financial crisis have worsened the plight of older career changers, according to Ana Herranz of the careers services at IE business school.<br>“I serve anyone who is struggling,” she says. After a rise in requests for help from former …

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MBAs in space: rocket science absorbs business school thinking

Star-struck business schools: the MBAs operating in the industry<p>• Toulouse Business School Its Aerospace MBA includes space activities management and, through its Sirius partnership with CNES, the French space agency, Airbus Defence and Space, and Thales Alenia Space, runs awards for management …

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An education in leadership from post-revolution Tunisia

From revolution to jobs<p>The key slogan of the Tunisian revolution was “freedom, jobs, and dignity”, says Tawfik Jelassi. “The freedom, we have. The jobs, we couldn’t create them. And where is the dignity for young men or women if, after many years of higher education, they don’t have a job — no …

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Business school: Tunisia’s leadership lessons and MBAs in space

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How a hostage situation can hone management skills

Hard-bitten law enforcers give lessons to executives in personal relations<p>Anh Nguyen is used to negotiating in her job as development director for the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, encouraging wealthy philanthropists to donate six-figure sums towards the upkeep of its collection.<p>But in the …

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Business school: Learn to delegate in a hostage crisis course

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International US business school students fear a travel ban

MBA providers fret over reputational damage as doubt is cast on internships<p>Saaedah Shiravany, an Iranian MBA student at a top US business school, says news of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US left her feeling “empty”.<p>…

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Podcast: is an MBA worth it?

FT ranking highlights disparities in salaries after graduation<p>As Insead’s one-year MBA programme maintains its number one position in the Financial Times Global MBA ranking for a second year, the FT Work and Careers team discusses whether this traditional route into management is still worth it — …

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FT Global MBA Ranking 2017: Analysis

Which business schools are up or down, plus trends and profiles<p>Insead is top of the 2017 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the best 100 programmes. It is the second year that the multi-campus international business school has taken the number one spot, after claiming it for the first time last …

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