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MBA Channel’s year in review

The most memorable statements and stories 2016: As the year draws to a close we’ve looked at our stories and interviews this year. Some of the stand-out topics this year were the following :

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Who’s employable and who’s not?

According to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Stanford and MIT in the US, Tsinghua University in China and the University of Sydney produce the most employable graduates worldwide. Earlier in the year, MBA Channel spoke to the University of Sydney’s Guy Ford, Director of the MBA Programme, who gave away one of the secrets for the university’s success:  So-called Capstone Units.

“The Capstone Units bring together the total learning of the MBA. It is experiential, which means learning by doing – there is less instruction and more facilitation. Students are doing something instead of passive learning in the classroom. We have a number of companies that we partner with and the students’ task is to develop products for these companies that have an actual commercial potential. Many business schools might have a consultancy element but not many develop real products.”
Guy Ford, University of Sydney

Read the whole article: A new approach: Capstone Units

Will Brexit also be an exit for Britain’s world of education?

Brexit, Great Britain’s planned exit out of the European Union, sent shockwaves through the world in June. For our July edition, we spoke to Peter Birdsall from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences – a university which has close ties to Great Britain but is based in the Netherlands – and gained insight into the consequences of the Brexit for the education sector.

“I think that the first effects of Brexit on the higher education sector will be seen in the difficulty of achieving European research funding. The decision-makers of the European Union will be wary of awarding funding to projects that include UK partners and ongoing applications might very well be affected if not in the long term in the short term. EU funding for projects plays an important part for the UK's research. Having said that, I believe that the European Union is a master in compromise and as the United Kingdom comes to terms with the disastrous ramifications of the vote to leave the EU, an alternative pathway may be devised that possibly sees the UK compromising and the EU doing the same. Many talk of a model similar to that of Norway, in which the freedom of movement of people, goods and services is guaranteed however the involvement of the UK in discussions about policy would be limited. There is therefore a serious chance that once the British people understand this, they might even choose to overturn the decision made in June.”
Peter Birdsall, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

Read the whole article: What does the Brexit mean for higher education?

Why “Savoir Vivre” is such an important skill…

This piece of information was shared by Professor Simon Nyeck, who’s been the Academic Director for the MBA in International Luxury Brand Management at renowned French business school Essec for the past ten years. He related the following statement to his own specialised offer, but the MBA Channel team thinks that everyone can find valuable advice for business and life in his words:
•    Appreciate smaller businesses
•    Take pride in great products
•    Connect art, culture and design with economic management

“All our students have to understand the “Savoir Faire”: How is an Haute Couture dress made? How do you work with all those little workshops that create them and the same goes for the champagne and wine industry, the jewellery ateliers, and the watchmakers. We visit all those places to make the students understand that they all manufacture great products and that luxury is part of culture. We also have lectures in semiology and anthropology and we try to connect people with art and design which is also closely related to luxury brand management.”
Simon Nyeck, Essec Business School

Read the whole article: Understanding the "Savoir Faire"

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