Standing out from the b-school crowd: Fuqua’s academic centers make an impact with prospective students

Among the more than 3,500 applicants this year to the Daytime MBA program, more than half list one or more of Fuqua’s academic centers as a reason for applying to the school.

“Centers help Fuqua stand out from among other top business schools by providing opportunities for students who want to ‘go deep’ on a topic like entrepreneurship, social impact, leadership, or energy,” says Katie Kross, managing director of Fuqua’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE).  Centers also provide unique extracurricular experiences that go beyond classroom offerings, like the chance to be a Fellow with Fuqua’s Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) or Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), or to join the Program for Entrepreneurs run by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI).

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At their core, centers play a connecting role.  As Dean Bill Boulding frequently puts it, centers bring the “outside world in” to Fuqua, and bring the “inside out.”  By hosting industry summits, conferences, alumni gatherings, competitions, and advisory board meetings, Fuqua centers provide vehicles for thought leaders and industry professionals to stay connected to students and faculty.

“Centers continuously engage with practitioners at all levels and bring these engagements back into the school,” says COLE executive director Sanyin Siang.  COLE brings CEOs and other senior leaders to campus annually for an elite leadership summit, as well as for lunch-and-learn events and seminars.