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The director for the International Institute of Corporate Governance at Yale School of Management is to resign at the end of June, writes Linda Anderson.

Florencio Lopez de Silanes, a professor of finance and economics at Yale as well as a consultant to the IMF and World Bank on issues of corporate governance, is on leave of absence.

The school would give no further details.

Prof Lopez de Silanes joined Yale in 2001 from Harvard University. www.mba.yale.edu

Esade on fast track

Esade business school in Spain is to launch a one-year, fast track, full time MBA programme to run alongside its 18 month programme, writes Linda Anderson.

The programme, known as 0Y will begin in April and is aimed at 30- to 35-year-old participants.

Esade anticipates participants will have an entrepreneurial streak and wish to enhance their career, rather than be career switchers. www.esade.edu

Said seeks dean

The University of Oxford’s Said school of business is looking for a dean following the decision by Anthony Hopwood to stand down within the next year, writes Della Bradshaw.

Prof Hopwood was appointed following the resignation of his predecessor, economist John Kay, in 1999.

Prof Hopwood, an accountancy specialist, been instrumental in attracting top-notch academics and satudents to the school, which is less that 10 years old and is 25 in this year’s Financial Times ranking of full-time MBA programmes. www.sbs.ox.ac.uk

USB gives $1.25m

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania has been given $1.25m from UBS, the financial company, writes Linda Anderson.

The admissions suite at the school will now be known as the UBS MBA Admissions suite.

Several UBS executives are Wharton alumni, including Robert Wolf, chief operating officer of UBS Investment Bank. The company is also an active recruiter of Wharton students. www.wharton.upenn.edu

Switched on

Not all MBA teaching is high tech, these days: the humble television set is coming into its own, writes Sarah Murray.

Since NBC’s The Apprentice hit the television screens, some professors have been incorporating clips from the show into their MBA classes or bringing Apprentice-style methods into their teaching.

Babson College’s Leonard Green is using a structure similar to the show in one of his entrepreneurship courses.

And at SMU’s Cox School of Business, Robin Pinkley has been incorporating episodes from the series in her master negotiations course.

“What I get them to see is that negotiation is really a philosophy of interpersonal exchange. It’s what we do in our personal lives, at the office – in every aspect of organisational life,” she says.

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