BUSINESS SCHOOL NEWS IN BRIEF

MBAS FINDING JOBS
Those with MBAs are still finding it relatively easy to find work, says new research from GMAC, the body which runs administration testing for MBA courses. Its Alumni Perspectives Survey shows that 88 per cent of 2010 business school graduates had jobs on graduation, 4 per cent higher than the class of 2009 and close to 2006/7 levels. Median salaries had also returned and are approaching pre-downturn levels.

ONLINE TUITION
You can now download free audio and video content from INSEAD through iTunes. Lectures, video interviews with faculty members, conferences and research will be available, as well as interviews with big names from business and government. Events such as the Annual Leadership Summits and roundtables will also be available. Downloads will be available in English, Chinese and Arabic. See http://itunes.insead.edu.

IPADS FOR ASHRIDGE
Ashridge Business School in London has given each of its newest intake of MBA students an iPad, as part of its aim to run a more sustainable MBA. The school said that iPads are the perfect platform for bringing technology into the classroom. The iPads are loaded with the introductory manual and course presentation notes, and make downloading podcasts easier, says the school. Ashridge has just 22 people on the full-time MBA course that started in January.

HEC GOES TO DOHA
Paris’s HEC business school has just launched an EMBA in Qatar. The first intake has an average age of 36 and GDF Suez, HSBC and Qatar Petroleum are among the companies with employees participating. Those at the Doha campus will be able to access a network of participants from any of HEC’s other global EMBA tracks. they will be part of a 44,000-strong global alumni network.

ISLAMIC FINANCE MBA
Bangor business school has opened a campus in London and will offer an MBA specializing in Islamic banking and finance. Bangor has close links with the Middle East, and several members of the Qatari royal family have taken MBAs at its Welsh campus, and a leading Abu Dhabi royal also did a PhD there. Bangor’s City campus will also be offering MBAs in Banking and Finance and a chartered banker MBA. Bangor offered the first maaters in banking in the 1970s.

EQUALITY EDUCATION
Cass will hold an event called Women as Leaders aimed at prospective female MBAs asking why so few women progress to the higher levels of large businesses. Dr Julie Verity and Phyllida Hancock will host a seminar using Shakespeare’s As You Like It to investigate gender interaction and explore why women face obstacles and how they can be overcome. Women as Leaders is at Cass, 13 April at 6.30pm.