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Scholarships aim to take women to the top

With the shift from employer-sponsored to self-funded executive MBAs, business schools are finding ways to attract talent – and especially women, writes Charlotte Clarke.

During the summer, the UK’s Henley Business School ran an essay competition with The 30% Club, which campaigns for more women on company boards, offering the chance for women to win a full scholarship for its EMBA. (The competition was supported by the FT.)

London Business School offers a scholarship in an attempt to increase the participation of women on its EMBA and in senior roles. Just under a quarter of applicants for its EMBA in London and Dubai in the year to July were women.

In Germany, ESMT has a scholarship of up to €25,000 for women. And HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management waives up to 25 per cent of tuition costs for the Global EMBA programme. In the US, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School has teamed up with the Women in Technology network to offer two scholarships to women involved in IT.

For more on women in business education, go to www.ft.com/business-education/women

Graduates unconvinced by online learning

It may be the intensity of the lecture hall or the campus banter that executive MBA alumni believe cannot be reproduced over the internet, but most are sceptical about the online classroom, writes Adam Palin.

In a recent poll completed by 1,080 graduates from the class of 2010, 79 per cent told the FT that their degree could not be successfully replicated online (only 1 per cent thought that it could).

Networking opportunities and interaction with classmates were seen as the most irreplaceable aspects – 76 per cent and 73 per cent of respondents respectively said these could not be replicated online, while 62 per cent cited the learning environment itself.

The fact that only one-third of those polled received any online tuition during their EMBA may partly account for their scepticism. Of these, most (84 per cent) reported that less than one-fifth of their degree content was delivered online – and only 15 per cent wanted more.

Of graduates who received no online tuition, 59 per cent were glad it was absent from their programme. Only 15 per cent would have preferred some of their degree to have been taught online. Asked about potential benefits of online learning compared with the in-person experience, a majority of graduates considered convenience (58 per cent) and flexibility (54 per cent) to be its main advantages.

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London Business School v A journey into space

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Rotterdam v Titanic dive

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Kozminski v parrot

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– Charlotte Clarke

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