Thankful for another quiet end of Jan

Like this time last year, I had a quiet year when the Financial Times released their annual MBA rankings. This year we climbed three places to 13th, our highest ranking since 2008.

We organised a lunch-time session where I went through the rankings methodology. It was telling that staff outnumbered students almost 2 to 1 at this session, which showed that students aren’t too bothered when your school does well.

While it was heartening to see the school do well in the rankings, I was particularly happy that students and alums did not go overboard in terms of celebrating the ranking. As I have consistently said, the rankings are volatile and many years, myself and my counterparts would be at a loss as to explain why our school went up or down in the rankings.

Most importantly, we have to recognise that rankings do measure factors that might not be directly relevant to MBAs. And that we do not want to be led by rankings to the point where we lose our soul.

In the meantime, I am going to enjoy the quiet for now.

China’s service companies

Last week, the Cambridge Judge Business School took another step to deepen its engagement in China when the Director of the Business School, Christoph Loch, launched the China Advisory Council at the Sanya forum in Hainan. Its members include Dame Sandra Dawson, one of the former Directors of the School, and several luminaries of ChineseContinue Reading

My trip to Angola

So I was waiting outside my hotel looking for our designated driver when I heard someone ask me 你需要帮忙吗?(Do you need any help in Mandarin). That shouldn’t be surprising except that I was in Luanda, capital of Angola, and it was a Portuguese woman who was speaking to me in Mandarin. It was a greatContinue Reading

CEOs, organisational culture and MBAs

Recently, the Director of the Business School Christoph Loch wrote on his blog about Culture Clash and CEO leadership. styles. It is an interesting article in light of what some of our alums told our students this week. The Careers team had organised an alumni panel for those interested in consulting careers. And while theContinue Reading

Combining Careers and Admissions and Marketing

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The China wave

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TOEFL, admissions, visas.

We have reversed a decision made three months ago regarding acceptance of TOEFL as a means of demonstrating English proficiency. We are essentially accepting TOEFL again. This U-turn is the result of the confusion that sudden changes to the visa regime can create. Here is the sequence of events. Earlier this year, a TV programmeContinue Reading

When rankings get mixed with commercial concerns

I’ve recently sent in the inputs needed for the Business Week MBA survey and although the results won’t be published for several months, there has already been some controversy. I won’t go into all the details but there were several questions in the student survey that some felt were inappropriate and offensive. There were questionsContinue Reading