Coronavirus accelerates switch to online MBAs

Joseph B. Hash

University campus shutdowns to contain coronavirus outbreaks are driving a switch to online teaching of business masters degree courses.

MIP Politecnico di Milano cancelled all face-to-face lessons this week after it was forced to halt teaching on its campus due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy. But both faculty and students were able to carry on as normal, however, by switching face-to-face classes to the school’s online learning platform.

It was a similar story at nearby Bocconi University, where within 24 hours of an announcement that all campus lessons would be suspended, students could log in to watch lectures

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Business schools grapple with a high turnover of deans

Joseph B. Hash

“I have never known anything even approaching this level of change before.” This verdict on the current “musical chairs” playing out among the deans who hold the top jobs at business schools comes from Anne Kiem, chief executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

The changes are dramatic. Ms Kiem, whose organisation represents UK MBA providers, says: “In the past 12 months we have seen a third of our 120 members appoint new deans and there is a limited pool of candidates. Lots of people don’t want to move jobs and lots of faculty academics might fit the bill

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Students flock to study quant finance in record numbers

Joseph B. Hash

Record numbers of students have signed up to study quantitative finance, as demand for the roles within investment companies far outstrips supply.

Fitch Group, the financial data and education company, accepted 600 enrollees on to its certificate of quantitative finance programme this year, a 20 per cent rise on last year’s intake and the highest level since it launched in 2003. A third of the students came from India and China, which have become hotbeds for quant recruiters.

“There is definitely a skills shortage in quant finance,” said Randeep Gug, managing director of Fitch Learning. “The CQF was designed to

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