Business Executive Education News: Wharton, Smeal College of Business, Loughborough University

Education is the future and we see more and more that continuous executive education, being able to keep up with developments, is becoming important. Read below the most interesting happenings and developments that caught my particular attention. What news did you find the most interesting?

Penn State Smeal College of Business offers seven Supply Chain Management programs

The executive education unit of the Penn State Smeal College of Business will offer seven programs featuring faculty from the college ranked No. 1 in supply chain education by professionals and academics. Multiple supply chain programs can be combined to earn certificates in Supply Chain Management, Leadership or Operational Excellence.

“These certificates are a great way to demonstrate your commitment and competencies in supply chain to your employer,” said Maria Taylor, managing director of Penn State Executive Programs.

Gerardo Sepulveda, who works in supply chain logistics for the United States Southern Command in Miami, Fla., says the supply chain programs he has taken at Penn State have bolstered his career skills:

“It’s critical for logisticians to understand the supply chain business practices to better support their organizational mission. The supply chain management programs have definitely helped me understand the supply chain industry better.”

Programs in supply chain are offered twice each year in conjunction with the Smeal Center for Supply Chain Research and co-sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Loughborough University to open campus on London’s Olympic Park

Loughborough University is going to establish an academic campus, offering postgraduate and executive education, at iCITY on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Loughborough University in London will attract students from both the UK and overseas who want a London-based education, coupled with Loughborough’s strengths in delivering research and enterprise informed teaching and an excellent wider student experience.

It will align closely with the Government’s Tech City initiative, which is set to become a focus for high-tech growth and innovation in the East London and is currently home to thousands of businesses in the creative, new media and digital industries.

Work to redevelop the space to be occupied by Loughborough University in London is anticipated to begin later this year.

Wharton School’s virtual collaboration system

Using floor-to-ceiling projection and a banks of 80-inch LED displays, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has created a new classroom collaboration system designed to connect students nearly 3,000 miles apart.

The collaboration system was designed by AV specialist Cenero using equipment and software from Cisco, including Cisco’s Capture, Transform, Share video platform. CTS provides live streaming and on-demand access to captured media. It supports Cisco TelePresence and third-party conferencing systems and LDAP authentication and provides the following capabilities:

  • Video editing and sharing through a Web-based interface;
  • Post-production tools, such as overlays;
  • Integration with campus portal software;
  • Video analytics;
  • Speech search;
  • Transcoding; and
  • Social tools.

Universities and business schools can help lay the foundations current and future managers

Great article how universties and business schools can help and support business transformation. To reach the heights of management excellence requires discipline and hard work. Nevertheless, universities and business schools can help lay the foundations for this process by providing a more integrated and rounded education to current and future managers.

The extreme specialisation developed in universities in the past has been criticised because of its undesirable consequence, namely ‘silo syndrome’, whereby academics deal only with colleagues in their subject and students gain only narrow perspectives on practical and theoretical knowledge.

Making the humanities a core part of all degrees will cement the learning experience and develop open-minded and well-rounded graduates.

One of our biggest challenges for the future is to come up with alternative ways of identifying diverse talent, and consequently developing the means to bring out the best in students. This will significantly expand the pool of potential applicants to business schools and other higher education institutions while helping these centres identify the candidates that are right for them.