Georgia State University in Atlanta is opening the Legal Analytics Lab, an initiative of the Robinson College of Business with support from the school’s College of Law. ...view all

Georgia State University in Atlanta is opening the Legal Analytics Lab, an initiative of the Robinson College of Business with support from the school’s College of Law. The lab will bring together data scientists and business and legal scholars to analyze millions of litigation filings and outcomes, corporate financial disclosures, patent applications, and other legal documents. With this knowledge, they will identify patterns and evaluate how the law operates in order to predict future outcomes. The lab will first focus on three subject areas: civil litigation, intellectual property, and compliance and corporate social responsibility. The lab will be housed in the Institute for Insight, Robinson’s data analytics facility.

Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Higher Education of Uzbekistan to establish a Webster University presence in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The intent is to explore the possibility of offering Webster’s programs in the capital city of Tashkent by September 2018.

The Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Ontario, is partnering with Deloitte to create the Deloitte Cognitive Analytics and Visualization Lab. The lab, which will be approximately 800 square feet, will explore advances in predictive analytics, natural language processing, machine learning, analytics design and visualization, and data-based storytelling. It will be available to students and faculty in Schulich’s undergraduate and graduate programs, including its master of business analytics program. Deloitte also will fund a new data scientist position. Both the lab and the data scientist will be housed within Schulich’s planned Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics, which will be located within the school’s new Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building. The McEwen building is scheduled to open in late spring 2018.

The University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and Sykes College of Business in Florida are partnering with entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN to create programming for emerging entrepreneurs. Called the American Dreams Academy, the interactive two-day format will allow other universities to host their own intensive training academies based on content created by the Lowth Center. Topics will include developing a vision and strategy, financing the business, understanding legal and tax issues, securing patents, acquiring customers, and perfecting the pitch. The American Dreams Academy will be sponsored by Quirky, an online platform dedicated to helping inventors bring products to market through community collaboration and manufacturing partnerships. After each academy event, local entrepreneurs will have a chance to pitch their products to a team of HSN and Quirky experts.

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) are collaborating to deliver a joint EMBA in hospitality management (HEMBA). Set to launch in May, HEMBA will allow students to take courses from both institutions from faculty in Switzerland, Shanghai, and other cities in the Asia Pacific region. Graduates will receive dual degrees, one each from CEIBS and EHL.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has partnered with nine business schools in India to launch the Study in India initiative. Through this partnership, international students in 27 countries will be able to pursue management education more easily at Indian institutions. The institutions in the partnership include the Indian Institute of Management–Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management–Bangalore, Indian School of Business, Indian Institute of Management–Indore, Xavier University–Bhubaneswar, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Great Lakes Institute of Management, and Institute of Management Technology–Ghaziabad. For information about the 27 countries included in the initiative, visit

The online education platform Coursera has partnered with the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and to design a training program as part of a national government initiative to prepare Filipino citizens for a rapidly evolving workforce. The program will offer citizens access to courses on data science and related fields. In the future, the partners plan to add educational tracks for cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and other emerging fields. DOST already has received more than 1,000 applications for the training program; it opened a second cohort in January to meet demand.

The New York University Stern School of Business in the United States and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in Canada have partnered to establish the Creative Destruction Lab in New York City. CDL-NYC will support science and technology startups by delivering a nine-month program that brings together serial entrepreneurs, angel investors, and startup founders. Entrepreneurs will receive guidance from NYU faculty who specialize in STEM-based startups, as well as business development support from Stern faculty and MBA students. About 25 ventures will be admitted to CDL-NYC in its first cohort, which will start in September. CDL Toronto, the pioneer program on which CDL-NYC is based, has generated more than CAN$1 billion of equity value creation in the five years since its founding.

In October, the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai, India, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Aviation Academy (IAA) to develop training and research in the area of human resources. The IAA is the joint training academy of Airports Authority of India, Director General of Civil Aviation, and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.


Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in Belgium has partnered with the department of economics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to launch a one-year master’s degree program in political economy. Students will take their fall and spring term classes in Brussels and their summer term classes in Washington. Those who complete the program will receive a degree awarded jointly by both institutions. The program accepted its first cohort in the fall of 2017.