Penn’s Lauder Institute Doesn’t Have To Go Far To Find A New Dean: Wharton Prof Jules van Binsbergen

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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Provost John L. Jackson, Jr. has announced the appointment of Jules van Binsbergen, the Nippon Life Professor in Finance at the Wharton School, as the Lauder Professor and Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, beginning July 1, 2024.

“Jules van Binsbergen is one of the most exciting and inventive scholars transforming our understanding of global finance,” Jackson says. “He is an award-winning teacher and researcher whose work embodies the goals of the Lauder Institute to look globally, engage locally, and act responsibly. This mission is more essential than ever as we implement our new campus-wide strategic framework, In Principle and Practice, which urges us to lead on the great challenges of our time with interdisciplinary insights and engaged collaborations.”

Van Binsbergen is a global expert in corporate finance whose pathbreaking theoretical and empirical research focuses on issues related to investments, institutional investors, and asset pricing. His award-winning research – in such leading journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Monetary Economics – examines such critical topics as the relationships between financial markets and the macro economy, the effects of monetary policy on asset prices, the development of machine learning models for earnings forecasts, and the benchmarks to measure the skills and performance of mutual fund asset managers.

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Report: Canadian study permit approval rates plummet for African students

From MPOWER Financing: Fintech firm MPOWER Financing, a leader in international student financing, has released a comprehensive report on Canadian study permit approval rates for students from around the world across different levels of education — and finds a troubling development for students from one particular region.

The report, which analyzes data from Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada, and other sources, found that African students — especially those from Francophone nations — encounter formidable barriers in securing Canadian study permits.

The report shows consistently lower study permit acceptance rates for African students relative to their global peers and advocates for a recalibration of Canada’s study permit adjudication processes to foster greater equity and inclusivity.

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Porto Business School transforms the Digital MBA into the Global Online MBA

From Porto, Portugal: Porto Business School has announced the transformation of its Digital MBA into the Global Online MBA, effective June 18. The change reflects the program’s international orientation and alignment with global standards of educational excellence.

The Global Online MBA, spanning 17 months, maintains the same innovative and rigorous curriculum, with a prominent focus on artificial intelligence, and encompassing pivotal domains such as Sustainability and Cybersecurity. Moreover, the program promotes an expanded array of global case studies, diverse faculty expertise, and an extensive network of international alumni.

Designed to provide the MBA participants with the leadership acumen vital for navigating a dynamic global business landscape, the rechristened program underscores the school’s dedication to promote a comprehensive curriculum with a global outlook, accessible from any corner of the globe.

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