Yes, I know it’s rather late to extend this welcome to the new MBA class. The Induction programme started today and I’ve very much enjoyed meeting all the new students. We had an excellent talk by Hilary Sears this morning, very inspiring I must say, and we’ve only just finished the buffet after the “Kissing with Confidence” event, so it’s been a long day. A day that I’ve enjoyed certainly. Ohhh and before you get any wrong ideas, Kissing with Confidence is networking training with Russell Wardrop and his team.

So now I’m a tad tired and want to go home and see it I’ve still got a roof – remnants of hurricane Katia has battered Scotland today. Time to go out and get the full blast of the elements.


Mounting excitement

This is, of course, because the new MBA class will be here in just over a week. I’ve met  a few of them already and it looks to be a great bunch of people. We had our first Early Bird reception Tuesday and we’ll have another one on Thursday next week. A lot of information is begin exchanged in the Google group for the incoming class so they are all getting up to speed. I can’t wait to meet them all.

At the same time my writing is tinged with sadness as the 2010-11 FT MBA class submitted their final piece of work yesterday, well most of them as some have chosen to take internships and so have delayed their Capstone projects. The MBA IB class of 2010-11 are still working away so I’ll get to keep them for a little while longer.

We have made some exciting changes to the first semester of our MBA programme, the one that has traditionally been the most stressful so while it will still be a lot of hard work I expect it will be slightly easier. The one-year MBA will always be more intense than the two-year MBA – for obvious reason as we all have to achieve the same.

Around us the Festival is packing their bags until next year. It is actually rather spectacular the change from one day to another. On the last day the Festival (or festivals I should write as more are taking place at the same time) the streets are packed with people, thronging to get to shows, and the next day they are all but deserted. But Edinburgh is a party city so come December Winter Wonderland will be here so more exciting stuff happening.

A dilemma

If this is not your first visit then you will have seen that I’m a fan of Danny Bhoy, the Scottish stand-up comedian. I saw his show during the Edinburgh Festival last year, and once before that, but this year he’s not formally on the programme. You can find him doing guest spots though. If you also like Danny Bhoy then look for the tweet.  So what does one do when Danny is not to be found? Well I’m going to see Ed Byrne tonight. That should be something. And next week I shall see Sarah Millican. Equally bonkers.

Having thus exposed my preferences when it comes to stand-up I’m sure I have completely lost any respect that my MBAs might have had for me.

OK, so now were are four weeks away from MBA Induction Week. As always we are busy planning and preparing everything for the new class. I know for a fact that Alfredo is here already, from Mexico, and others will be here for the pre-sessional English course. I can’t wait to meet them all in person.

But this is of course also a sign that soon I shall have to say goodbye to the full-time MBA class – Hyunseok has left already and before we know it they will all have moved back/moved on to their new jobs. Incidentally, you can as always check the MBA profiles via our website. You will find some very clever people there.

When your back is turned…

Amazing the things that happen when you go off for a holiday, three weeks and just back yesterday.

No, I’m not talking about the school or the MBA but the things going on around the world.

In April I blogged about S&P’s adjustment of the US long-term rating from “stable” to “negative”. No one who follows the news can have missed that S&P have now followed up on this and downgraded the US to AA. Despite President Obama’s comment that the US will always be triple A, some may see it as a signal to the world that the trustworthiness of the US has been tainted when it comes to paying the bills. If the world agrees with S&P this can mean that borrowing may be more expensive of the US. If the world agrees with Obama then it is business as usual. Incidentally, Obama was quite keen to send the signal during his presidential campaign that “business as usual” couldn’t continue.

In London and elsewhere in England riots have been taking place. It began as a peaceful protest but this has now been made the vehicle of organised looting and youngster showing off, best illustrated by looters, while drinking looted wine boasted that they were showing police and the rich.

But yes, let’s turn to the University of Edinburgh Business School: at first glance quiet but as I’ve said before don’t let this lure you into thinking that nothing is happening. A lot is happening! The full-time MBA class is working hard in their internships or on completing their final projects, amidst securing jobs of course, and students in the MBA IB class are busily working away on their internships. Soon it will be their turn to focus on the final project. And would you believe it: three weeks from today we have the first Early Bird reception for the incoming class.

As you may or may not remember we have moved to new premises on George Square. And the Edinburgh Festival has moved with us. We used to have it on our doorstep in the purple up-side-down cow on Bristo Square but this year George Square gardens is teeming with people enjoying the various offerings in the festival. It is enjoyable but I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for my MBAs: they work hard and try to concentrate and then all these distractions just outside the building.


MBA Leadership in the Highlands

Frequent readers of this blog will know that my FT MBAs were away in the Highlands last week for the advanced leadership course, with expert facilitators Scott Kress and David Gibson from Summit Training. Judging from the photo, kindly made available by Yukiko from the class, they had a great time.

The reality is that this is the second last week of classes. We have the Climate Change and Challenge for Business and Management Consultancy classes next week and that’s another year gone. Or at least that’s how it feels like. A multitude of things will happen after that but the last week of classes in Edinburgh mark a milestone in the full-time MBA programme.

For the MBAIB students it is of course  completely different matter as they are away on their exchanges just now, in Barcelona, Paris and Durham, NC. Don’t forget all about us guys!

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And before you know it…

In a hectic spring term it is good sometimes to stop up and take one step back. And what do you see? That the “new” class is now almost two-thirds through their courses and, in addition, that a great section of people are getting ready to pack their bags and move to Edinburgh in September for the next MBA intake.

For the full-time MBA class we’re getting ready to launch the consultancy project that will run alongside classes from now on and until June. An exciting selection of organisations have asked our students for help this year and I firmly believe that our students can make a real difference to these organisations. The students will be undertaking projects in areas such as client intelligence, intrapreneurship, sourcing and brand repositioning. At the same time the MBA IBs are keeping an eye on their next move, to the exchange partner, and also on the internship later on in the programme. For them it is a time for change and while they are sad to leave Edinburgh they are excited about the next new horizon.

Do you want to meet “my” students? Have a look at their profiles here. You’ll find a lot of excellent talent. If your organisation would like to invest in any of these people then you can contact them directly via the website.

11th consecutive year in the FT Rankings

Maybe you saw that the MBA Rankings from the Financial Times were released today. In a year that might be considered tough for UK schools, and with a number of new schools entering the rankings, we were pleased to see that we had improved slightly. We are now 13th in the UK, 24th in Europe and 88th in the world. One could argue that with an estimated 10,000 MBA programmes in the world a position as #88 ought to be considered excellent – a dream position. Those in the know will tell you that this is not quite the case. And so while we are happy to have improved, albeit slightly, we will keep refining our offering to ensure a worthwhile MBA experience.

If you want to hear more about our programme offering you will have the opportunity to meet us at a number of the MBA fairs. In the QS World MBA Tour we will be attending the fairs in:

  • New York
  • Washington
  • Boston
  • Toronto
  • Almaty
  • Moscow
  • Geneva
  • Frankfurt
  • Paris
  • Accra
  • Lagos

You can also meet us at the postgradireland Further Study Fair in Dublin on 16 February and the British Council Fairs in Thessalonica (13 April) and Athens (16 & 17 April).

So come and join us!