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Friday, November 28, 2014 at 12pm

Investment Management Showcased at UNC and Other MBA News Snippets

Investment management challenge

A team of MBA students from Columbia Business School fended off the competition from 15 other leading business schools in the US to win first place in an annual investment management challenge.

Event at UNC Kenan-Flagler provides networking platform

The Alpha Challenge, hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler, sees MBA students present investment recommendations “from a predefined universe of stocks” in front of a panel of senior professionals in the investment management industry. With companies taking part this year including UBS Global, Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price, the event is also intended as a platform for networking.

One of the challenge’s co-founders, Jim Jones, helped devise the event while attending UNC Kenan-Flagler – a school which offers an MBA specialization (concentration) in investment management:

“We started this event because the buy side of investment management doesn’t have a formal recruiting process like the sell side does. Today the Alpha Challenge provides learning experiences for the students and recruiting opportunities for the companies,” Jones said in a press release.

In this year’s 10th edition, MBA students from Haas School of Business and Chicago Booth were announced as runners up to the Columbia Business School team.

Business Schools in China asked to return fees for officials’ EMBA programs

Earlier in the fall, government officials attending business schools in China were forced to leave EMBA programs in droves as a result of an anti-corruption campaign by president, Xi Jinping. Now, it turns out that many want their money back.

Business schools in China have learnt that they are expected to return fees of those forced to quit EMBA programs, according to the Financial Times, which could make an unexpected hole in their funds, even in allowing for the fact that many of the officials concerned had received full or partial scholarships to join programs.

The report suggests that business schools in China have moved from shock at the original clampdown to acceptance, with some even looking at ways to scale down the networking elements of their EMBA programs - believed to have been the root cause of the government’s concerns. 

Seeds for annual social innovation fellowship sown at Stanford GSB

Stanford GSB announced the first recipients of a new social innovation fellowship this week.

Two graduates from Stanford GSB’s MBA class of 2013 were chosen to receive the inaugural Frances and Arjay Miller Fellowships which grant financial aid to those pursuing careers in social innovation and change.

The fellowship, which is to become an annual award, has been established by Arjay Miller who spent 10 years as Stanford GSB’s dean between 1969 and 1979.

“It is important to not only recognize and encourage our students in pursuing their interests to serve the public good, but also to provide the resources to make it possible for them to do so. The need now is greater than ever,” Miller said.

To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must hold the Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation (PM/SI), which is an academic option within Stanford GSB’s MBA program. The certificate was launched by Miller back in 1971 and was awarded to 99 members of Stanford GSB’s class of 2014.

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).