ESADE to Launch Dual MBA Program with Beijing’s Guanghua School of Management

Leading European business school ESADE has signed a new partnership with China’s Guanghua School of Management to offer a two-year dual MBA program beginning next fall, the school announced today. Participants will spend the first year of the new program studying on ESADE’s Barcelona campus and the second taking classes at Guanghua’s Peking University campus in Beijing.

The two institutions have been collaborating on academic projects for several years, including exchange programs for undergraduate and MBA students, international training programs for MSc students and a jointly organized conference featuring faculty from both schools.

The new dual program “confirms ESADE’s commitment to internationalization” and will help strengthen its programs for “executives who aspire to lead the global economy,” ESADE Director General Dr. Eugenia Bieto said in a statement. The institutions share similar program portfolios, similar faculty size and a commitment to innovation, he added.

The new dual MBA program will launch in September 2015. The first year will take place at ESADE’s Barcelona–Sant Cugat campus and will include courses covering general management, as well as on-site consultancy projects and Spanish language classes. The second year, at

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Welcome Back Surprise for Brainerd High Students


Today:  Mostly cloudy with occasional showers and t-showers.  An afternoon high in the low/mid 70s.  A southwest wind at 10mph.  Showers will be diminishing this afternoon into this evening.

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Welcome Back Surprise for Brainerd High Students

Thousands of Hamilton County students packed their book bags, put on their best clothes and took off for their first day of school Thursday morning. 

“My responsibilities are to keep the children safe,” said Wilma Dunn, the safety patrol officer who got to her post at Brainerd High School just before 5:00am. 

Many students at Brainerd High arrive by bus with book bags in hand. Others didn’t have their school supplies as organized.

“I missed the bus because I had to go back to get a pencil,” said Rykiedra Finley, an incoming freshman, “couldn’t go to school without a pencil.”

Despite the early set back, Finley is staying positive.

“Oh my gosh I’m scared,” said Finley, “I’m so scared, nervous.”

Well, she’s staying as positive as she can be.

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Fish Really is Brain Food, New Study Confirms

Wondering how to beef up your brain, not only to boost your learning power but also to protect against the risk of age-related brain diseases like Alzheimers? Read on for the latest news about the powerful impact regular fish consumption may have.

I write often about the relationship between diet and learning on Mission to Learn. If you want to be an effective learner, both day-to-day and over the long haul, you need to consistently eat in a way that supports both your physical and mental health. Among other things, that means making sure there is some good brain food in your diet.

Like me, you have probably heard since you were a kid that fish is the brain food. A growing amount of research has lent support to that belief in recent years, including a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, analyzed the relationship between regular fish consumption and brain structure in a group of 260 cognitively normal adults.

The results?

It turned out that adults who consumed baked or broiled (not fried) fish at least once a week had significantly higher grey matter volumes in parts of the brain tied to memory and cognition.

Interestingly, the positive impact of eating fish did not appear to be tied to the Omega 3 fatty acids found in many fish.

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How To Keep HR Communication On Track Globally

HR has its head in the cloud

Speaking reductively, one of the primary functions of HR professionals is to facilitate communication within the company, both between employees as well as between management and staff. As HumanResourcesIQ stated, this task has heretofore been limited by the threshold of technology that companies have had access to over the decades. Until recently, that has left precious few options mainly, telephone, face-to-face and, in more recent years, email.

According to HRIQ, there has tended to be an inverse relationship as far as these technologies are concerned between convenience and clarity the faster and more convenient a communication format, the more likely it is that part of the intended message will be garbled or lost. In fact, according to the sites data, email only tends to convey on average around 7 percent of the senders message, with the rest being lost in translation due to lack of context, tone and body language.

Communication going global

Like any other tool, global communication technologies are only as effective as the user makes them.

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In faith-based communities, college completion may be uniquely emphasized

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1960s and 70s, Odell Cleveland leveraged his basketball skills to land a college scholarship. The 6-foot-3 Cleveland would go on to earn a place in the University of South Carolina Upstates Athletics Hall of Fame.

Im one of those individuals who came from just a poor, poor background, and because at the time I was able to play sports in America, I was able to go to college, get an education. I saw that education itself helped turn my life around, said Cleveland, now chief administrative officer at the 4,000-member Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In addition to his church role, Cleveland chairs the advisory board for the college completion initiative Degrees Matter!, which receives funding from the Lumina Foundation, an Indiana-based nonprofit that tries to get more students enrolled in college.

Hes not the only one who thinks that houses of worship can partner with local postsecondary schools to preach the importance of higher education.

Those partnerships are a reoccuring theme in several of the nearly 60 cities including Greensboro, North Carolina, which for the last four years have been competing for a $1 million prize for most significantly boosting their college completion rates, said Noel Harmon, the national director of Talent Dividend, the name of the competition.

The program is a project of the national nonprofit CEOs for Cities, whose mission focuses on the bottom up change happening in cities as federal and state governments languish in hyper-partisan and dysfunctional behavior.

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