How business schools are responding to economy, students' interests

March 29, 2011

As a result of the weak economy, Canadian business schools saw applications and enrolments jump in recent years. Graduate and undergraduate applications to UWO's Richard Ivey School of Business were up between 4% and 6% this year; at Dal's Faculty of Management, enrolment was up 7% last year. The financial crisis has led some schools to reassess their curricula, placing a stronger emphasis on values and ethics. Schools are responding to students' desire for more applied, experiential learning, as well as to students' growing interest in specialized business degrees. Business schools are also making their programs more flexible by offering summer courses or incorporating online components, and working to internationalize their programs and recruit more international students. Globe and Mail