Is your game Carbon?

If so then you’ve come to the right place. The University of Edinburgh Business School has now launched a specialist Masters Programme in Carbon Finance. This programme, the first of its kind in the World, will site nicely with our established Masters in Carbon Management. Both programmes fits with the School’s decision to make Business and Climate Change one of our key areas of focus. Of course you don’t get a cleaner world simply from trading carbon but these programmes are about so much more and from the MBA viewpoint the programmes “spill over” and we are then able to offer electives to the MBA in selected areas as well. Speaking of the MBA, this is the fourth week of classes. Can you believe it? It’s interesting to observe the group dynamics and friendships develop. Despite the workload the group still finds time for social stuff and this is essential of course.

During my lunch beak I was catching up with the news and despite the longevity of this the story about the Chilean miners still catches my eye. You will probably know that 33 miners have been trapped more than 600 metres below ground since 5 August when the mine shaft collapsed. The amazing things is that all survived and if all goes well the rescue team will within the next 24 hours begin to transport the miners to the surface using a new rescue shaft. Obviously the excitement is mounting but I just hope these poor people will not be hauled off to press conferences but be given a chance to come to terms with the miracle of being alive after this ordeal in peace and quite with their families.

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Last week of MBA classes

This weeks see the last of the MBA classes for the academic year 2009-10. The class is Climate Change and the Challenge for Business, a class taught by my colleagues Sarah Ivory, Francisco Ascui, Craig Mackenzie and Lise Tole, all members of our Centre for Business and Climate Change. As you can imagine with the increased focus on protecting the environment this class is becoming ever more popular with the MBAs.

On a different note, this means that yet another year of MBA classes have come to an end. It’s always funny to see the realisation in people’s faces when you point out to them that they’ve competed their last MBA class. For those on the full-time MBA only the consultancy project still remains before focus is shifted to the final project. Students on the MBA in International Business are now at their exchanges in France, Spain, China, Singapore, USA and Canada. After that they’ll move on to their internships and then the final project.

Before we know it, it will be time to welcome a new class and many have already signed up. I very much look forward to meet them all in September.