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Non-US MBA schools target students turned off by Donald Trump

American institutions deny the controversial president will hurt their intake<p>Business schools in the UK and Canada have begun targeting potential students who may find the US less attractive following Donald Trump’s election victory.<p>In an early indication of how November’s election result might …

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Male MBA students aim to put an end to sexism at work

‘Manbassadors’ pledge to support female workers after graduation<p>The Sir John Balcombe, a traditional London pub noted in online reviews for “its British food and real ales”, is not the obvious venue for a business school student society looking to promote role models for gender equality.<p>Harish …

Women's News

Review – Stanford’s Ignite boot camp for entrepreneurs

Local and global<p>The Ignite programme began in 2006 on Stanford’s Palo Alto campus in California. It now runs in cities worldwide, including Bangalore, Beijing, São Paulo, Santiago and London.<p>Since it was founded, about 2,000 students have taken the course, which Stanford says is relevant in every …

Business School

Said Business School acts to head off Brexit risk

Wider sector concerned that applications will fall and staff will have to go<p>Saïd Business School has moved to underline its global credentials as fears take hold among UK business schools that Brexit will damage their international standing.<p>The school at Oxford university has joined the Global …

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Students and alumni remain divided over Cornell merger

Business school mergers<p>Cornell, founded in 1865, is one of the most prestigious universities in the US but several of its rivals scored more highly in the FT 2016 MBA rankings. While Harvard, Wharton, Stanford and Columbia were in the top 10, Cornell’s MBA was at 31.<p>Will the College of Business …

College & University

A hands-on management style is reforming Buenos Aires schools

Teaching spaces not formal classrooms<p>Mr Bullrich’s experience has come to international notice because of the sharp leap in the Pisa results, and some of his experiences of reform have echoes elsewhere, and not just in administrations like the Mauricio Macri government.<p>Privatising the maintenance …

Education

A music industry MBA is the new rock ’n’ roll

Creative people can gain skills by studying the economics of streaming and royalties<p>In between beating out rhythms on stage for Annie Lennox, Robert Plant and others, drummer Barry van Zyl usually writes music for television. During a tour this year, however, Mr van Zyl spent his spare time poring …

Entertainment (UK)

What does Brexit mean for European business schools?

Some predict a flight of students and faculty — but others say UK advantages remain<p><i>Join Jonathan Moules for a live panel discussion on the FT’s Facebook page at 11am GMT on December 5. Jonathan and the panel will discuss what Brexit will mean for business education.</i><p>London used to be an important …

Brexit

FT European Business School Ranking 2016: UK top but rivals close in

London Business School stays top as continental contenders rise<p>London Business School has topped the European table for the third year running — but continental rivals lead the European schools in the individual rankings used to compile it.<p>The FT European Business School Ranking 2016 measures the …

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MBA graduate makes a material difference in sustainable fashion

If you are trying to change something, you need to understand how it operates<p>Everyone wants to do good, but not everyone has the right strategy<p>St Gallen programme gave Megan McGill the skills to tailor a new career<p>Looking back, Megan McGill suspects she was always cut out for a career in the …

Sustainable Fashion

Where is best to begin a career after the Brexit vote?

Graduates are prepared to go wherever ‘fast success’ is most likely to materialise<p>The referendum raises questions about the best place for business graduates to start out<p>Estella Kolobaeva knows what she wants. The ambitious 21 year old wants to start a career in wealth management next summer …

UK Politics

Executive MBA student graduates with award — and triplets

I was so heavily pregnant during an exam that I couldn’t even sit at the normal desks<p>Juggling study, work and pregnancy demands stamina and improvisation<p><i>Sarah Cook is global marketing director at Oxford University Press. She graduated with an executive MBA from the University of Oxford’s Saïd</i> …

College & University

Why start-ups must step up on data security

You need to have as tight a grip on software licensing as you do on choosing groovy furniture<p>Compliance and data security need to be at the heart of a business: an empowered chief information officer is as important as any C-suite role<p>Technology: Young businesses cannot presume compliance is just …

Data Breach

Communities: thinking ahead

What is the most important skill or trait needed to future-proof your career — and why?<p>We ask business school alumni for their views on what is a key skill or characteristic to future-proof their career. Here is a selection of the best answers:<p>No career is future-proof. The only way to stay …

Management

French business schools take a global view

French business schools are among the more active higher education institutions abroad<p>French business schools tend to be more multi-disciplinary than their US or British counterparts<p>Pressures at home are driving exploration of markets overseas<p>With the political mood in the US and UK growing more …

Education

How business school classmates cooked up an online chef service

ESCP pair’s company connects lovers of fine cuisine with those who prepare it<p>Stephen Leguillon and Giorgio Riccò lived for a year with no salary, living off their savings while trying to figure out the best business model for their idea of fine dining booked online. On the upside, however, they ate …

Merrill Lynch

MBA kicks British sportsman into US big league

A former professional footballer from the UK now promotes soccer in America<p>Jake Edwards soaks up the cool ocean breeze drifting through the window of the president’s office at the United Soccer League headquarters in Tampa, Florida. “It’s another day in paradise,” he coos.<p>It is a long way from the …

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Entrepreneurial MBA students struggle against immigration curbs

Brexit battles<p>Those institutions scoring highly in the FT Business Education rankings, such as London Business School, have found ways to enable their overseas graduates to remain in the UK to work after completing courses — even after the government tightened restrictions on the post-study work …

Education

Detecting advantages of an unconventional MBA skill set

Heading to the City of London’s Old Billingsgate Market on my first day as a London Business School MBA, many thoughts ran through my mind. What would the students there be like? Was I skilled and experienced enough to bring valuable insight? If so, how would I be able to adapt my unusual …

Business School

Can business schools propel women to the C-suite?

Growing cohorts: The view from China<p>Jean Lee, director of the Leadership Behavioural Laboratory at Ceibs in Shanghai, says she has seen a change in the attitude of women over the past decade. On the school’s MBA programme, 37 per cent of students are women. On the Executive MBA for working …

Women's News

The art school MBA that promotes creative innovation

Thinking like a designer<p>Jeremy Till claims problems are better addressed through design thinking, which aims to involve all those affected in solving an issue.<p>Camden council in London recently gave his team a brief to improve the efficiency of its recycling services. The team convened social …

Education

UK business schools blame immigration policies for rise in ‘no shows’

EU students failing to turn up for undergraduate courses<p>The number of students from other EU countries failing to show up for undergraduate courses has risen at one in six British business schools this academic year<p>The Chartered Association of Business Schools, which conducted the research among …

Education

Demand rises for education in Islamic finance

Non-Muslim business students seek to understand sharia-compliant deals<p>Jeroen Tap, an energy contracts manager for the Benelux region at Dow Chemicals, acknowledges that he is among the “less obvious” students to enrol on an Islamic finance course as part of his self-funded executive MBA at London …

Banking

Duke’s Coach K brings money and prestige to class

Coach K’s classroom tips<p>On the role: “I get a group of people who are talented to commit to excellence and to work together as one. That’s where it starts. Different talents, same commitment.”<p>On planning and staying flexible: “There are things you can talk about and plan and then there are things …

College & University

Changing course: a harder sell for MBAs

Tech groups provide new territory<p>It is one of the most widely recognised qualifications around the world, but the MBA was for decades a distinctly American qualification.<p>Tuck School of Business, founded at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1900, awarded the first advanced degree in business, a …

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Imperial College steps into Moocs market with MBA tasters

Specialised Moocs: Online development<p>For Sergio Vera, a management consultant in Lima in Peru, Wharton’s Moocs have not lead to a place on its MBA. But they have opened up a wider world of online professional development.<p>“I like the idea that you don’t need to physically move in order to get …

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MBA application essays: the important piece of the puzzle is you

Going through the process of writing my MBA application essays was a journey of self-discovery.<p>Having spent the previous four years in fast-paced and demanding work environments such as consulting and ecommerce, I had not had the chance to step back and think about where my professional career was …

Essays

FT MBA Challenge 2016: Stop the Traffik announces winner

First prize for strategy that focused on marketing phone app in South Africa<p>Students from Harvard Business School in the US, Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Spain’s IE won this year’s FT MBA challenge for their plan to market an app to report suspected human trafficking. Team Umoja focused the …

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Chicago's top food and drink spots for Booth MBAs

Since I have moved to Chicago for business school, the first thing my non-Chicago friends ask, long before they ask about Booth, is whether or not I like deep-dish pizza. Deep-dish is Chicago’s signature and gooey take on the otherwise thin and crispy student staple. The inhabitants of my native …

Chicago