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In the News: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

News from around the globe around access to quality, locally relevant business education 

Describing innovation as the mantra for success, Chairman of Innovation Society of Andhra Pradesh J.A. Chowdary has said there are plans to set up an International Institute of Digital Technology in Tirupati and an Innovation and Technology Park in Andhra University.

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Linking higher education and skill development is key to the issue of preparing Indian talent with skills for global employability, Deepak Kapoor, principal secretary of the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship department said on Tuesday.

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Academic atmosphere: Students engrossed in study at the Nottingham University library in Nottinghamshire, England, UK (left photo). A teacher writes on a whiteboard, teaching students during a class in Singapore. (Courtesy of Nottingham University & Courtesy of

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Last week I chaired a panel discussion at the EdTechX Summit in London on the skills required in the future workplace, and the panel touched on the crucial role lifelong learning will play if we, and our organizations, are to adapt to the rapidly changing times we find ourselves in. It’s a crucial discussion to have because automation is widely regarded to be set to cause massive disruption to the careers of the present. 

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It took a while, but demand for MBAs has finally bounced back from the recession. A new study from the Graduate Management Admission Council says 88% of companies are planning to hire recent B-school grads this year. That’s a marked increase over last year’s 80%, and a huge jump — 33 percentage points — over 2010, a dismal year when B-schools saw what the report calls “a post-recession low.”

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HEC Paris will attribute the HEC African Women Leaders Award for Corporate Social Innovation at the Women’s Forum that will take place in Mauritius on 20 and 21 June. This prize will honor an African woman leader for her social commitment.

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