Pursuit Of An MBA Leads NFL Player To Sign With New Team

Bobby Wagner, a six-time All-Pro linebacker, chose to sign with the Washington Commanders in the offseason in part because of his plan to enroll in Howard University School of Business’ MBA program. Fox Sports photo

From Washington, D.C.: Bobby Wagner did not consider retiring from football on the verge of his 34th birthday. It was the pull of playing for Dan Quinn and Ken Norton Jr. that drew him to leave the Seattle Seahawks and sign with the Washington Commanders.

But something outside of football also tipped the scales toward Washington.

Wagner is getting a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard University in the District of Columbia, an 18-month course he started in January with an eye on expanding his horizons beyond football.

“It was going to be online,” Wagner said Friday, “but I think that might have changed a little bit.”

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Valerie R. Muigai, operations and finance manager at Global Change Data Lab and member of the Oxford MBA 2020 Class: “The (Sanpaolo) scholarship has been a transformative experience for me, both personally and professionally. As a mother of three and the founder of a social enterprise in Uganda, the prospect of pursuing an MBA at Oxford seemed beyond reach due to financial constraints.” Oxford photo

Oxford Saïd celebrates five years of Intesa Sanpaolo’s support for incredible women

From Oxford, UK: The prestigious Oxford-Intesa Sanpaolo MBA Graduate Scholarship, at Saïd Business School, marks its fifth anniversary this year. Providing full funding for a female scholar each year on Oxford’s MBA program covering all fees, living costs, and if needed, the funding of childcare.

The childcare bursary makes the scholarship unusual among major MBA programs. Where the scholarship goes to someone who does not need childcare support, that element of the funding is then made available, through Green Templeton College, to other female MBA students at the School who would benefit from it.

Amy Major, associate director of MBA program delivery at Oxford Saïd, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Intesa Sanpaolo for their very generous scholarship. The unusual element, of financial support with childcare, has opened up opportunities to talented mothers who would otherwise struggle to study an MBA at Oxford. It has certainly contributed to why we are one of the few business schools in the world to have broken gender parity in this current class, at 51% female, and why we are a destination of choice for women looking to do an MBA in the UK.”

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Esade & Berkeley Haas sign a cooperation agreement to promote innovation & knowledge exchange

From Barcelona, Spain: Esade and the University of California, Berkeley have signed an academic agreement to expand their research cooperation and develop both focused and comprehensive joint programs. The aim is to foster and enhance synergies between the two institutions that provide faculty, researchers, and students with unique opportunities for immersion in two of the most dynamic ecosystems in terms of innovation and creativity: Silicon Valley and Barcelona.

“Cooperating with world-renowned universities is not only aligned with Esade’s vision but also indispensable in today’s dynamic landscape of constant innovation,” said Esade dean Joan Rodon. “These types of agreements are an opportunity to promote and strengthen academic excellence and to cultivate the ability to apply knowledge in real-life transformative scenarios.”

”Berkeley Haas and the Institute for Business Innovation are strongly committed to building global partnerships that provide new research collaboration opportunities for our faculty and learning engagement for our students,” says the Institute for Business Innovation’s executive director, Chris Bush. “Creating a new innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that draws on the strengths of both universities is an opportunity for us to expand our impact.”

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Purdue’s Daniels School launches new economics undergraduate degree

From West Lafayette, Indiana: A new undergraduate degree program at Purdue’s Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business brings together economic theory, business acumen, and statistical techniques to best prepare graduates to lead in the application of data to solve business problems.

The Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Business Economics will welcome students in fall 2024. The new major has two main foci: business economics and quantitative data analytics, says Andres Vargas, director of undergraduate programs in economics at the Daniels School.

“It’s a combination of economic theory and advanced statistical tools, which allows graduates to make informed business decisions using data,” Vargas says.

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