From Georgia Tech Scheller: The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business has received science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) designation for its Full-time and Evening MBA programs. MBA degrees conferred after May 31, 2022, will be considered STEM degrees.
With STEM designation, the B-school’s MBA graduates will be able to declare an official concentration that appears on their transcript, choosing from 13 concentration options. Vetted by the college’s MBA faculty, the newly formalized MBA concentrations are revised versions of previous concentrations and immersive tracks. The STEM designation also benefits international students, who can leverage the optional practical training (OPT) extension period of 36 months to broaden their post-MBA career opportunities.
With the new designation, MBA students gain training in business analytics, international business, emerging technologies, industry profitability, and more. The concepts and applications the STEM curriculum offers teach students to analyze information and find better business solutions effectively.
Michigan Ross Master of Accounting program receives STEM designation
From Michigan Ross: The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has announced that its top-ranked Master of Accounting program is now STEM-designated.
With this status, eligible Michigan Ross MAcc students holding a student visa may apply to extend their 12 months of optional practical training for an additional 24 months post-graduation, helping international students gain additional real-world skills and experience in the United States.
Prior to earning a STEM designation, Michigan Ross added courses available to MAcc students in big data and data analysis as the demand for accountants with data processing and analysis skills continues to grow. These courses, which include Advanced Big Data Analytics, A Brief Introduction to Computing Technologies: Crypto, AI, Quantum, and Applied Business Forecasting, further enhance the program’s comprehensive accounting curriculum.
Harvard Business School announces 2022-2023 Blavatnik Fellows
From HBS: Harvard Business School has named its 2022-23 Blavatnik Fellows and the program’s ninth cohort. Launched in 2013, the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship is part of a gift to Harvard University from the Blavatnik Family Foundation. This program supports HBS alumni and Harvard-affiliated postdocs as they build their promising life science ventures by developing their leadership talents and providing mentorship and community during their entrepreneurial journey.
To date, Blavatnik Fellows have created 30 companies including a precision gene therapy, a respiratory dialysis device, a femtech device using genomics to enable women’s care, a biosensing wearable to prevent dehydration, and an oxygen sensor for personalized oncology care. They have collectively raised more than $485M in funding and an additional $244M from an IPO in June 2020. The Blavatnik Fellowship is led by Peter Barrett, PhD, faculty chair, and an advisory board of seasoned business and biotechnology leaders who serve as one-on-one mentors and provide strategic direction during the fellows’ program year.
“Since joining the Blavatnik Fellowship five years ago, the community has doubled in size and fellows’ companies funding has quadrupled. It is gratifying to be a part of the program’s tremendous growth and mentor next generation entrepreneurs who contribute to society by commercializing groundbreaking technology and biomedical innovation,” said Barrett. “This year’s fellows launched their ventures as MBA students and start their fellowship year with the largest seed financing raised as a new cohort. I am excited to work with them and carry on the program’s mission to inspire young life science entrepreneurs as they enter the Boston biotech ecosystem as Blavatnik Fellows.”
HEC community calls on decision-makers to protect biodiversity
From HEC Paris: The HEC Paris Alumni Association has presented the conclusions of its White Paper on Biodiversity in which it calls on the combined efforts of private enterprise and investors, the public authorities and civil society. The report has been officially presented to the French Ambassador for the Environment, Sylvie Lemmet, and will soon be submitted to negotiators ahead of COP15.
The HEC community, which boasts 68,000 alumni, has decided to voice its opinion for the first time on an issue that is seldom discussed in economic circles, but which affects the world of business and our planet as a whole: biodiversity. In fact, biodiversity loss is closely entwined with global warming, and many economic sectors (agro-food, textiles, tourism, construction, etc.) have a direct impact on it.
A White Paper on Biodiversity has been written by a team from HEC whose members attest to the generational collaboration that is vital for devising solutions to help tackle the crisis.