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:
- Real estate is gaining popularity among business school students, the Financial Times reports. After a recent boost in the real estate market, MBA candidates are showing increased interest in the field at the expense of more traditional industries, such as banking. “[Students are] fleeing banking,” Nancy Wallace, a real estate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business commented in the article, describing a “huge” recent interest in real estate among students.
- Alternative education is not exactly a new idea, but what about an alternative business school? Presidio Graduate School, a small business school based in San Francisco, portrays itself as such. Students can pursue an MBA in sustainable management, focusing on creating a diverse and just business field to work in after graduation. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, approximately 90% of the school’s graduates are currently employed in sustainability positions.
- Harvard Business School (HBS) has launched a new facility in New York City to support its alumni who are entrepreneurs, the school announced recently. The HBS Startup Studio is the first of its kind for HBS, as graduates have not previously had an off-campus space to practice entrepreneurship. Start-up teams that are interested in taking advantage of the studio’s offerings must include at least one HBS alum, but have fewer than seven employees, and must apply to gain admission. Such start-ups as Rent the Runway, Birchbox, and Oscar have been launched by HBS alumni in the past.