Hello everyone — Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by CentreCourt, P&Q’s virtual admission events.
I’m your host, Kristy Bleizeffer, and I’ll be highlighting the most important P&Q stories you might have missed. So, let’s get to it.
No. 1: The Top 100 Business Schools, Ranked By Research
The Financial Times’ ranking of business school research powerhouses many of the usual suspects in the top five: Harvard Business School, Columbia, Cornell Johnson, Chicago Booth, and UCLA Anderson.
There is, however, one notable absence in the lineup: The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Wharton appears no where in the FT’s research ranking, even though it outpaces all other schools in another ranking of business research: Texas-Dallas Jindal School of Management’s Top 100 Business Schools Research Rankings.
In this story, up now on our trending tab, we look at the results of both research rankings and reveal Wharton’s conspicuous absence from the Financial Times’ version.
No. 2: These 14 Startup Ideas Made The Cut For WashU Olin’s BIG IdeaBounce $50K Top Prize
Out of 130 entrants from 60 universities, WashU Olin’s BIG IdeaBounce® powered by Poets&Quants pitch contest has selected 14 finalists to try for a shot at $50,000. The top ideas range from healthcare solutions to e-commerce analytical tools and from dating to mushroom-sourced supplements.
While the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, we are also inviting our audience to vote for their favorite team and idea. In this article, you can watch the finalists’ two-minute elevator pitches, read about their business plans, and vote for your favorite. Find the full story on our homepage.
No. 3: Inside An Elite Experiential MBA Course: Kellogg’s Global Initiatives in Management
In March, Poets&Quants was invited to tag along with a group of Kellogg MBAs to study the business environment in Ecuador. The class – Impact and Sustainable Ventures: Ecuador and Costa Rica – was one of several electives offered this semester to Kellogg MBA students in its popular GIM suite of courses. GIM – Global Initiatives in Management – electives are offered every winter and take students to a variety of regions of the world over their spring break.
This is our first report from Ecuador, and you can read about the students’ visits to sustainability leaders like Paccari Chocolate and Nestle Ecuador, their meeting with lawmakers at the National Assembly, and field trips around Quito and the surrounding Andean mountains.
No. 4: Our Weekly Round Up of News You Can Use
No matter where you are in your MBA journey, we bring several helpful stories for you this week.
First up: For those looking at a future application, mark your calendars. Registration for the new GMAT will open in the third quarter. Check out this story for all the important updates on the timing, structure, and content of the revamped admission test. Find it on our homepage.
Next: If you’re a current MBA struggling to secure that full-time offer post graduation, you are hardly alone. Myles T. Henry, a second-year MBA at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, is one of student columnists at Poets&Quants, and he’s been exploring the sometimes difficult environment for MBA job seekers. In his latest article, “Embracing Redirection,” he talks about what to do when you don’t get an offer in your preferred sector. You can find it on our homepage.
Finally: Are you in the enviable position of having multiple MBA invites, but don’t know which to choose? Make sure to check out 6 Tips On How To Choose Between MBA Offers from our friends at Fortuna Admissions. You can find it in our admissions hub.
And, that’s it for this week’s Must Reads recap.
I also want to alert school seekers to Poets&Quants’ upcoming Online MBA admissions event. In these virtual panels, you’ll learn about the best online MBA programs from admissions and career experts as well as students currently enrolled. Our next event is April 18 and 19, and you can register now for free.
Again, I’m Kristy Bleizeffer, and you can join me next week, right here, for a recap of what’s important in the world of business education. Thanks for listening and, as always, stay informed!
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