The business school world is constantly buzzing with change and innovation. Each week, in addition to our regular news posts, we briefly touch on a few notable stories from this dynamic field in one roundup. Here is what caught our eye this week:
- Thanks to the Internet, lessons typically taught inside the walls of business schools are now at everyone’s fingertips. TED Talks are an easy way to gain new perspectives and learn from top experts around the world. Inc. has gathered ten of the most fascinating talks—ranging from “The Power of Vulnerability,” in which Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, explains how to turn vulnerability into an asset, and “How Great Leaders Serve Others,” author David Marquet’s tale of what his experiences as a naval ship captain taught him about leadership.
- The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School is hoping to attract some of the world’s brightest minds with a new double degree. Those who will enroll in the one-year Master of Global Affairs program at the new Schwarzman Scholars-Tsinghua University in 2016 can apply to Saïd for a second master’s degree and continue their education in the U.K. “Through this partnership, students with a particular interest in business can have a really unparalleled exposure to top professors in the field from around the world,” Steve Schwarzman, CEO and founder of investment firm The Blackstone Group, told Financial Times. Schwarzman’s $100M donation in July 2013 established the Schwarzman Scholars-Tsinghua University Master of Global Affairs program.
- Prospective MBAs commonly review business school rankings when evaluating U.S. schools, but amazing programs also can be found across the world. In addition to U.S.-based school rankings, Forbes offers an international perspective in its 2015 Best Business Schools list. Based on the return on investment for students, London Business School ranked number one among two-year international MBA programs, while Spain-based IESE Business School came in second and HEC Paris claimed the number three spot. Although European schools dominated the top three, schools in such countries as China (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China Europe International Business School), Mexico (IPADE Business School), and Canada (Schulich School of Business at York University) ranked highly as well.