Nine Canadian schools have joined forces to form an MBA consortium in an attempt to lure top students to their programmes. gives potential students easy access to the country’s MBA programmes with links to and profiles of the schools, as well as information about Canada, such as how to obtain a visa.

“We certainly aim at taking a foothold in the overseas market,” says Jean Talbot, consortium spokesman and director of HEC Montreal’s MBA programmes.

“We did something many business schools wouldn’t dream of doing, worked together to create a gateway to the Canadian institutions which recruit MBA students from around the world.

“This site will help us generate greater awareness among foreign and US students.”

Prof Talbot says that Canadian institutions are more affordable and more multicultural than their US cousins.

“Being embedded in a rich ethnic society is a tremendous benefit for students preparing to work in this global economy,” he adds.

The nine participating programmes are: Haskayne, HEC Montreal, Ivey, John Molson, McGill, Queens, Rotman, Sauder and Schulich.

Online school wins CEL

Universitas 21 Global – the online graduate school – has been awarded the Certification of e-Learning (CEL) for its MBA programme, by the European Foundation for Management Development. CEL was developed by EFMD, the Swiss Centre for Innovations in Learning at the University of St Gallen and Spirius Applied Learning Solutions with the aim of establishing a benchmark for e-learning programmes within management education.

The CEL accreditation looks at the effectiveness of both the teaching and the learning process as well as providing a framework to evaluate the programmes available.

Universitas 21 Global was set up in 2001 and is supported by 16 universities worldwide and Thomson Learning. Students from more than 50 countries participate in its programmes.

Raman takes over at Lille

Jean-Pierre Raman is to take over the helm at Lille Graduate School of Management in France.

Prof Raman, formerly an associate dean at the school and a professor in management, established the school’s International Master in Management programme – the first management programme to be taught in English. He plans to continue the school’s international development strategy through acquiring international accreditation and establishing partnerships with schools overseas and the corporate world.

He replaces Jean-Pierre Debourse.

Bath revamps flagship programme

The University of Bath Management School in the UK is revamping its flagship MBA programme and will relaunch it next September.

The programme will place greater emphasis on personal effectiveness as well as tapping in to the university’s research expertise.

The traditional modular MBA is being abandoned in favour of week-long blocks for both the full-time programme and the part-time executive MBA. Andrew Pettigrew, dean of the school and Juani Swart, head of MBA programmes, believe participants do not learn effectively if they are studying after a day’s work or at the weekend.

Students will be assigned career coaches so that personal development receives the same emphasis as knowledge development.

Companies will also spend a day at the school discussing issues they are facing so that the MBAs can bid for consultancy slots and help the companies resolve their problems. In this way learning is based on reality and day-to-day corporate concerns.

Bentley in business PhD move

Bentley College, Massachusetts, is to introduce its first business PhD programmes.

With a growing demand for business PhDs, Bentley has designed doctoral programmes in accountancy and business. They will begin next September.

The US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB, predicts that there will be a shortfall of 1,142 business PhDs in the US by 2008, which by 2013 will have risen to 2,400. Business schools worldwide are facing an increasingly competitive market for faculty and the shortage of PhD programmes that produce these faculty is one of the key reasons for the reduced numbers of faculty.

“Our goal is to produce a new generation of scholar-teacher-practitioners who will be eminently prepared for rewarding careers in academia, business, or both,” says Robert Galliers, provost at Bentley.

Owen has 85 Broads

A chapter of 85 Broads, the global women’s professional network, has been launched at the Owen Graduate School of Management.

The Owen chapter will run alongside the existing chapter of the organisation for Vanderbilt undergraduates and will sponsor guest speakers and liaise with 85 Broads worldwide network.

Former Goldman Sachs vice-president Janet Hanson founded 85 Broads (named after the street address of Goldman Sachs’ headquarters in New York) in 1999 as a network for former and current Goldman female professionals.

The network subsequently expanded to include female bankers, consultants, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, as well as MBA students and alumni. Its programmes include Broad2Broad a mentoring initiative for female MBAs at leading schools.

Iese in Poland launch

Iese Business School has announced that its Advanced Management Programme will be launched in Poland next October.

The programme looks at leadership and team building skills and has already been successfully introduced in Germany, Brazil, Egypt and Spain.

The programme is aimed at directors and managers and comprises two intensive modules at the school’s Barcelona campus at the beginning and end of a six-month programme. Over the six months eight modules will be held in Warsaw.

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