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Real Coronavirus Stories: MIP Politecnico Di Milano

Associate dean for open programs at MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, Antonella Moretto, remains upbeat even as lockdown continues across Italy. She emphasizes that she wants to engage with students and faculty alike as much as possible, and capitalize on the school's digital offerings.

"Since the end of February, Covid-19 has completely changed how our lives and how we work, as we are obliged to stay home," she explains. "This was a big change in my daily life, as what I love the most about my job is being able to connect with people––both students and fellows team members. After an initial moment of shock, the real question became how to organize things to keep everything running in a positive way. 

"All teaching activities are now run online, although this new approach to teaching did present some challenges. I am keeping up my personal interactions with students by engaging them through online forums or additional materials, and involving them in workgroup activities. 

"The other challenge has been working out how to interact best with my team. We have a set daily meeting with all our teammates––this is to simply to make sure we're all fine, to chat together as we used to do at the coffee station, and to organize our days.

"It's so important to remain close despite the distance," Antonella stresses. "I really look forward to coming back to the university and seeing my colleagues again in the office aisles. Strong relationships and common goals are demonstrating that we can maintain our normality as much as possible."

For Online MBA student Giuseppe Stefanetti, his study hasn't been much altered by the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. 

"COVID-19 hasn't significantly affected the Online MBA at MIP, as the program is mostly based on a distance-learning methodology," he says. "Online lessons and seminars are still going on, and students are interacting using web platforms. I really appreciate the increase of material available in the platform related to the pandemic, such as advice, articles, live webinars and in-depth analyses of MIP stakeholders.

"As it is for many of us, my routine life has been disrupted by the virus, and I am concerned about the health of my family and friends. Let’s hope we can all get back to normality soon."

You Can Now Take The GRE Test At Home, From Anywhere

April 3 Roundup

Online GRE Test available worldwide

The new online GRE test was initially available for candidates based in the United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, and Macau. However, from today, the test will be available for candidates worldwide with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.

Find out more about the new Online GRE Test

Hult Prof Saddles Up!

Ted Ladd, professor of entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School, has a unique remote-working setup at home in Wyoming.

Vlerick launches course on working in virtual teams

Vlerick Business School has launched a free online course on ‘working in virtual teams’. Smaranda Boros, professor of Leadership and Intercultural Management at Vlerick, says:

“The instinctive reaction for teams working remotely can be to try to replicate a face-to-face environment, but virtual working comes with its own challenges. This free online course shows you how to create the ideal conditions for a virtual team to thrive. You’ll learn how to collaborate successfully on projects and you’ll get tips on how to improve your virtual working practices.”

5 tips for dealing with social isolation

Kaitlin Woolley, assistant professor of marketing at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, shares her five tips:

1. Virtually connect with others over food

Eating similar food with others increases connection. Organize a virtual coffee hour or happy hour where you come together with others over the same food/beverage.

2. Watch out for information avoidance

With a constant influx of upsetting news, we may be tempted to avoid information and follow our ‘want preferences’ (i.e. continue socializing). In my work, I've found that people at times avoid information they should receive in order to do what they intuitively want to do. But if people have this information, they are less likely to act on these temptations.

3. If you're starting a new goal, make it fun

If you want to start cooking, FaceTime with a friend while doing so or play music related to the cuisine you are making. If you enjoy the process more, it will help you stick with your new goal for longer. 

4. Make a schedule for yourself and categorize your activities to help you feel greater progress 

When far from our goals, categorizing activities into buckets of what is done and what is remaining can help motivate us to feel like we are closer to achieving our goal. You can use this strategy to help motivate yourself to continue work or chores when you feel far from your end goal.

5. Focus on the process rather than the outcome 

Many people are discouraged because they aren't as productive as they typically are, given the need to stay home and care for family members. If you are able to work, rather than focusing on the outcome you're aiming for, think about parts of the process that you enjoy which can help you stay engaged in motivated at work.

MBA Jobs Market Suffers From Coronavirus Crisis

April 2 Roundup

MBA Jobs Suffer Impact Of Coronavirus

Coronavirus is negatively impacting the jobs prospects of current MBA students, according to a leaked document obtained by Poets&Quants. The document, from the careers office of a top US b-school, explains that out of 116 major companies 40 have already reported a hiring freeze or cancelled or rescinded internship and job offers.

Students who are considering careers in transport, hospitality, or the sports industry, in particular, face the toughest recruitment challenge. Companies reported as cancelling or freezing hiring for jobs and internships include: AB InBev, Adobe, Visa, Wipro, Facebook, LEK Consulting, and Johnson & Johnson.

Read more about the jobs available to MBA graduates.

2020 MBA Application Deadlines Extended

Business schools are extending 2020 MBA application deadlines to give you more flexibility during the coronavirus pandemic. Check out our list of the latest MBA application deadlines for the world’s top b-schools.

Zoom With Pets: Cornell Johnson students share cute dogs pics

Sage Socials are a longstanding and long-cherished tradition at Cornell Johnson: Every Thursday evening, the Dyson Atrium at Sage Hall transforms from café and study seating to a place for food, drink, networking, and programming that highlights Johnson students’ talents. Now, Johnson MBAs are doing it virtually instead, taking part in a Meet My Pet hangout session in the latest social meetup.

NUS Business School extends app deadline

The National University of Singapore will now continue to accept applications to its full-time MBA through to April 15 and test scores through to May 10. ‘We would like to ensure that every candidate who wishes to apply for the August 2020 intake may continue to do so during this challenging period,’ the school says.

Applications received by 15 April will be reviewed and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted for an interview latest by 30 April. Application reviews and decisions will be made on a rolling basis, and final admissions offers can only be made to selected candidates who have submitted completed applications, including their test scores.

Coronavirus: LSE Alum Developing COVID-19 Vaccine

April 1 Roundup 

LSE alum leads the way in search for COVID-19 vaccine 

Before becoming BioPharma’s CEO, Renzo DiCarlo graduated with an Executive Global Master’s in Management (EGMiM) from London School of Economics’ (LSE) Department of Management. Renzo is now working hard on research, treatments, and a vaccine for COVID-19.   

As well as calling other biotech companies to join efforts and resources to control the Novel Coronavirus, BioPharma has made enough progress that vaccine trials on healthy human subjects will start this month.  

Renzo says that the EGMiM armed him with the necessary comprehensive leadership skills to lead his team at a time when the world is experiencing a global pandemic. He adds he was taught to always be aware of community and socio-economic issues that affect businesses and the broader company, so that he may proactively position himself to adapt his business strategy accordingly.  

VIDEO: How will coronavirus affect your application?

Just because we’re working from home, that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to deliver the latest news for b-school candidates! Here’s our latest video update on the coronavirus pandemic.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School waives fees 

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School has waived all application fees for the Full-Time MBA until April 30 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Our admissions team is also working with applicants who are impacted by testing center closures, and will accept GMAT or GRE scores after their application is submitted,” the school also states. 

Kellogg School of Management  introduces rolling admissions  

Although the school has decided to keep the original April 8 deadline for Round 3 applicants for the Full-Time MBA programs, Kellogg School of Management has revealed that, after this deadline, rolling admissions will be open until June 1.  

“Though we will keep accepting applications through June 1, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible––especially for 1Y, MMM and international applicants,” says Kellogg’s senior director of admissions, Renee Cherubin.  

“Rolling decisions will apply to both admission and scholarship awards. Additionally, the sooner you receive your decision the sooner you can start planning for next year!” 

MBA international trips go virtual 

“Our virtual international trips include talks by international guests, group work in virtual rooms, using pooling system to vote for specific concepts, watching videos, using blogs and chats to voice their views, as well as using video and audio facilities," says Dr. Amir Michael, program director of the Full-Time MBA at Durham University Business School. 

Durham's virtual international trips consist of a half day of set activities for a full week delivered by partners in Germany and Spain.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic is a significant crisis to the world, it provides an opportunity to move towards the implementation of technology and digitalization in the education sector,” Amir concludes.