April 27, 2016—IÉSEG School of Management in Paris is opening an international office for Latin America in Bogotá, Colombia. Its purpose will be to increase awareness of IÉSEG across Latin America, recruit students, and intensify links with universities, business schools, alumni, and companies in the region.
April 12, 2016—Longtime entrepreneur, investor, and founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ted Leonsis ('77), and his family have pledged US$1 million toward the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Starting in fall 2016, the prize will honor and provide financial support to Georgetown University students and recent alumni who have launched or are preparing to launch new business ventures that address problems in the world. Recipients of the prize will be selected in both the fall and the spring semesters. The first recipients of the prize will be named in October 2016. Each year, a pool of up to US$100,000 in awards will be distributed to prize recipients.
March 7, 2016—Canisius College and M&T Bank have partnered to establish a scholarship in honor of the late Michael P. Pinto, who served in several leadership roles at M&T, including executive vice president, chief financial officer, and vice chairman. The Michael Pinto Memorial Scholarship is available to children of M&T employees who have been accepted to Canisius College. Recipients will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, room, board, and standard fees, which is renewable for four years. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2016. One new scholarship will be awarded to a first-time freshman every other academic year.
March 7, 2016—The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is launching an online specialization in agile, the widely adopted software development methodology. The Agile Development Specialization is designed to give students a practical understanding of how to apply agile, from concept to execution, with an emphasis on its relationship to design thinking practices and evidence-based innovation. Registration for the Coursera-hosted, five-course specialization is currently open.
March 7, 2016—In April, IÉSEG School of Management in France will launch its first MOOC in collaboration with UNOW, a French start-up specializing in MOOCs. The online course, which focuses on the topic of infrastructure finance, is taught entirely in English and is based on “gamification” (the use of game elements and design to stimulate learning). During the five-week course, participants will act as consultants in a fictive consultancy firms, managing an infrastructure finance project and advising its team. Throughout the course, students will progress through five levels to ultimately raise funds to finance the project.