Entrepreneurs Flock To Oxford’s Most Popular Program, Which Expands To Meet The Demand

The newest cohort of students and professor Laurence Wainwright of the Oxford Smith MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment program

From Oxford, England: The MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment program at Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford is expanding in 2023 and will admit 35 students in its September intake, up from 25 in previous years. The course, which was launched in 2021, received over 550 applications in the latest rounds, making it the most applied to graduate program per place at the University of Oxford.

Lucy Lyons: “What attracted me to the MSc was its narrative around how we can work within the bounds of the existing system to create changes we want to see”

The MSc equips current and future decision makers with the academic knowledge and practical skills to lead enterprise toward net zero, with a focus on making the transition fair and just for everyone. Students undergo a rigorous 12 months of rigorous academic training, covering everything from sustainable finance to climate science. A weekly enterprise forum with practitioners, five field trips and a week-long trip to Denmark ensure that academic knowledge is complimented with real world street smarts.

Career backgrounds represented in the 2022-23 cohort include business, policy and public affairs, banking, military, consulting, journalism and international development.

Current MSc student Aurona Sarker worked as a business strategy analyst at Ralph Lauren before joining the MSc in 2022. “I worked to integrate the company’s sustainability strategy into its business strategy… I could see that business can be a force for good, but in order to tackle a wicked problem like climate change, I needed to understand how the power of business can be leveraged to lead system level solutions, and that brought me to the Smith School’s MSc.”

Adds Laurence Wainwright, director of the MSc SEE: “Having just completed the admissions process for the third intake of students, MSc SEE has come along way from its origins as an idea on a poster at a team away day in 2018. It is a great privilege for the Smith School to be able to attract such high-achieving, passionate and capable cohorts of students.”

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Fifteen deans of leading business schools met on the campus of Emory University in March to discuss the future of business education. Emory photo

Deans Summit brings together top minds to shape the future of business education

From Atlanta: Emory University’s Goizueta Business School hosted the Comprehensive Business School Deans Summit on March 20 and 21, bringing together business school deans from across the country to discuss the future of business education.

The two-day event kicked off with a private tour of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum. A highlight of the summit was a conversation with Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King and Emory University
President Gregory Fenves surrounding the role of business schools in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The discussion provided an opportunity for the business school deans to discuss how they can create more diverse and inclusive learning environments and prepare students to be effective leaders in a rapidly changing world.

“I am energized by the conversations at the Summit and optimistic about the future of business education,” shared Gareth James, John H. Harland dean of Goizueta Business School. “As deans, we face many
of the same challenges and opportunities in delivering a world class education to our students and redefining business in real time. It’s critical that we continue to develop principled and impactful leaders and entrepreneurs, foster innovation for a data and technology driven world, and grow a global presence fueled by local synergies – and our success depends on collaboration with the leading minds in the industry.”

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ESCP celebrates 50 years

From Paris: Established in Paris in 1819, ESCP is the oldest business school in the world and was destined to be European from the outset. The school was founded upon the European values of humanism and multiculturalism and prioritises a multidisciplinary vision of education, with a focus on science and language.

In the school’s history, the year 1973 was pivotal as it saw the birth of its second half, EAP, the first educational institution to operate on several European campuses. Throughout the year, ESCP will celebrate its pioneering model and European network with dedicated events and opportunities to connect past, present and future generations of the ESCP community, starting with the first Europe Week organized by the student society Tribunes, from March 27 to March 31st.

Léon Laulusa, ESCP’s interim dean and executive president, says: “As we look to the future, we are proud to continue to unite our campuses with pride for European excellence, open to the world and committed to progress. ESCP Business School is not only a European institution but a global leader in business education, recognized for our multiculturalism and commitment to educating purpose-driven leaders who will impact the world.”

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New business-law certification from Syracuse University

From Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University’s College of Law and Martin J. Whitman School of Management are launching a new Certificate of Advanced Study in Technology Law and Entrepreneurship. The CASTLE program leverages areas of strength at each of the schools that equip students with an advanced, marketable designation as they seek careers at the intersection of law, business management and technology.

The CASTLE curriculum consists of a minimum of 12 credits, including a foundational course in entrepreneurship offered at Whitman and an applied capstone course offered at the College of Law through its Innovation Law Center. The ILC offers a unique, interdisciplinary experiential learning program for students interested in the commercial development of new technologies. It is also the designated New York State Science & Law Technology Center by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation. Under the leadership of Director Brian Gerling L’99, ILC students and faculty provide research, information, and advisory and support services to the more than 30 universities and research centers in New York supported by NYSTAR as well as New York state entrepreneurs and companies with new technologies.

Students enrolled in CASTLE can choose from courses in the areas of intellectual property, patents, venture capital and startup advising, among others. CASTLE is open to graduate and law students enrolled at Syracuse University, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Upstate Medical College.

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