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Expanding joint MBA and LLM programs
Starting in 2011, Insead, one of the world’s leading business schools, will begin providing business education to masters-level law degree candidates, according to the Financial Times. The courses will be taught under the leadership of the Sorbonne Law School, and the LLM program to be taught in English in both Paris and Singapore.

Graduate LLM degrees are a popular and internationally recognized currency in a competitive global market, as well as a valuable degree for corporate lawyers. Over the past few years, more schools have offered LLM degrees specializing in business.

The Kogod School of Business has a joint LLM and MBA programs, and the law portion of the program is taught at the Washington College of Law. Students who chose to do the joint LLM and MBA program receive their degrees in a shorter period than if they had pursued the two degrees separately. View Full Article (11/21/2010)

Buffett Sells Stakes to Prepare for New Hedge-Fund Manager
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Warren Buffett’s company, sold its stakes in Home Depot Inc. and CarMax Inc., as well as cut its holding of Nike Inc. according to recent articles in BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, and The Trading Report. The billionaire may be reshuffling his holdings to prepare for the arrival new hedge-fund manager Todd Combs and the retirement of investment manager Lou Simpson, who Buffett has called his emergency stand in.

Kogod finance professor Gerald Martin told BusinessWeek that it looks like Buffett is selling some of Lou Simpson’s holdings to make way for Combs. Buffett might be amassing funds for Combs to invest, Martin said, “or he may have something up his sleeves, a potential acquisition somewhere and he’s building the cash for that.”

In addition to selling the Home Depot and CarMax stakes, Berkshire also eliminated stakes in other companies, including Republic Services Inc., NRG Energy Inc. and Iron Mountain Inc. The company reduced its holdings in 12 other companies, boosted its stakes in Wells Fargo & Co. and Johnson & Johnson, and recently disclosed an investment in Bank of New York Mellon Corp. View Full Article, View Full Article, View Full Article (11/16/10)

Kogod MBA Students at the Mergers and Acquisitions Competition

MBA students from across the country, including Kogod students, gathered at the University of Maryland at College Park in October for the Mergers and Acquisitions Competition on October 28 and 29. Students were asked to create M&A proposals and present them to a panel of judges in order to gain the real-world problem solving skills will need in their future careers, according to a recent article in the Washington Post.

Kogod student Alan Yu said the competition was "the most pressure and fun I have ever had in the 20-hour time span from case release to final due time."

According to the article, the competition helped prepare Kogod students for merger and acquisition situations they will encounter in the real world by allowing them to develop strategic merger and acquisition plans for a hypothetical company. The plans were then judged on the basis of qualitative arguments and quantitative models used by the teams to support their proposals. View Full Article (11/6/10)

Kogod Institute Embraces Emerging Markets

Top-tier business schools are developing new MBA programs that are flexible, international and technologically savvy, according to a recent article in the Washington Diplomat. A D.C. location is a competitive advantage, providing students with access to international financial institutions, embassies, NGOs, think tanks and federal agencies.

The Kogod Global Management Institute (KGMI) takes advantage of AU’s location in Washington. Frank DuBois is the director of the institute, which is an intensive course for graduates and working professionals who want to learn about emerging markets.

According to DuBois, the institute will help prepare its students for work in emerging markets. Conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as troubled nations such as Haiti present unique opportunities, but each situation also requires its own brand of business savvy.

Students in KGMI complete case studies as well as engage in discussions with experts from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and others. DuBois is planning to hold the next KGMI in July 2011. It will focus on preparing students from emerging markets to do business in the U.S. by introducing them to key institutions and players. View Full Article (11/1/10)