Hello from London. Networking in a crowded room may be the last thing on students’ minds as thoughts turn to vacations and the heat reaches record levels in much of the world. But the contacts made at business schools are invaluable, as responses from alumni in FT rankings surveys show.
Networking ahead of study can also be valuable. An analysis by Quilt.ai for the FT, which studies big data, suggests that among leading US business schools, Chicago Booth, Duke Fuqua and Northwestern Kellogg trigger discussions with the greatest engagement in online forums sharing information and experiences about MBAs.
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Business education it is not just about acquiring knowledge but for many also networking to build key connections for later life. Around half of masters in finance and MBA alumni surveyed for the rankings agree that the networking activities organised by their schools were valuable.
More than half agree that the networking at business schools helped them to find a job or provide career opportunities and gain new ideas during their studies. Fewer said it helped with starting a company.
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This week’s reading
Mario Draghi offers to stand down as Italy’s prime minister
President rejects resignation of former ECB chief and asks him to speak to parliament next week
US inflation hits 9.1% as pressure grows on Federal Reserve
Markets price in higher chance of 1% rate rise this month after bigger-than-expected jump in prices
Ukraine: can Russia still win the war?
Analysts say Kyiv has six months to drive out the invading forces from the country before fatigue sets in and it faces prolonged military gridlock
Quiz: Are you up to date with the news?
The president of Sri Lanka was forced to flee the country after protesters took over his palace. Which country did he fly to first? Test yourself with ten questions.
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