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Friday, August 08, 2014 at 2pm

EMLYON’s Railway EMBA Ticket and Other MBA News Snippets

EMLYON has launched a railway indsutry EMBA

Train training offered by EMLYON’s railway EMBA

 French business school, EMLYON, has launched a new executive MBA program tailored exclusively to the needs of the railway industry.

The Railway Global Executive MBA has been produced in collaboration with the UIC (International Union of Railways or Union Internationale des Chemins de fer), which counts railway operatives in 197 countries among its members.

As with other niche MBA offerings, the program is designed to train and develop those already working within the railway industry, as well as to lure talented new recruits to the sector.

Rather than let the railway industry simply chug along, EMLYON says the course will focus firmly on the future and the practicalities of implementing sustainable innovations – for example, by teaching participants how to work with and influence stakeholders as well as to understand the implications of policy change.

The course is to be a blend between residential and distance learning over the course of 19 months, with a first intake at EMLYON penciled in for early 2015, subject to enough applications being received through the UIC’s member railways.

Tainted business school ranking?

A small business school in the US has been accused of interfering in a 2011 independent study that placed it top of an innovation management business school ranking – and ahead of established forces in this field, such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT Sloan.

The accusers of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Bloch School of Management, the Kansas City Star, said its investigation into the study and resulting business school ranking found: “a pattern of exaggerations and misstatements that polished the school’s reputation as it sought to boost enrollment and open donors’ checkbooks.”

An inquiry has been launched by the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, to find out if unethical methods were employed as a way to raise the Bloch School’s profile, according to Businessweek.

The school, meanwhile, has sought to distance itself from any wrongdoing regarding its performance in the aforementioned business school ranking.

MBA admissions deadlines – the early rounds

For those looking at the MBA admissions process with a start-date of fall 2015 in mind, it’s worth noting that some top business schools in the US close their opening rounds for full-time MBA program applications as early as September 2014.

Although final rounds for the same 2015 intake normally remain open until March or April, making the early rounds’ deadlines in the MBA admissions process usually leaves more funding options open to applicants.  

The following MBA admissions deadlines have all been put in one handy place by FIND MBA. Even so, dates are sometimes subject to change and it’s always better to check directly with your choice of school before finalizing your application plans.

Opening or early round MBA admissions deadlines

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Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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