April 27, 2001
UCLA Anderson Places Among Top Ten Business Schools for High Technology
Los Angeles — UCLA Anderson is among the top ten business schools in the nation recognized for the quality and comprehensiveness of its overall information technology programs. This is the Industry Standard's first acknowledgement of MBA programs and their high-tech offerings.
Responding to the changes wrought by the information age, UCLA Anderson recently established its Center for Management in the Information Economy (CMIE), a cross-disciplinary research center that promotes and shares applied research on all management aspects of the information economy. The Center essentially serves to bridge the School's different areas of teaching and research, creating an inter-disciplinary flashpoint for the business community, students and researchers.
Rather than creating a narrowly-focused degree in e-commerce or e-business, UCLA Anderson strives for a holistic approach to e-business by continuing to incorporate high-technology management into all aspects of the MBA experience. Part of this commitment is reflected in the Center's newly formed academic course track, entitled The Information Economy, which combines coverage of new technologies, business models and analytical frameworks.
"The new track encompasses high technology management, which goes beyond e-commerce and e-business to include issues related to high-tech sectors such as biotech, aerospace, health care and intelligent management systems," said Uday Karmarkar, director of the Center.
UCLA Anderson also places well in the number of its MBAs who take positions in the high-tech field. Based on a survey conducted last year by the School's Career Management Center, over 22 percent of graduates accepted posts at high-technology businesses. Moreover, the School's student-run High-Tech Business Association is over 250 members strong and serves to establish UCLA Anderson students as leaders in high-tech industries.
"Although the demise of dot-coms has changed the employment landscape for 2001 MBAs, UCLA Anderson students continue to show a deep interest in high-tech ventures and embrace the School's commitment to infusing e-business into every facet of the curriculum," said Alysa Polkes, director of the Career Management Center.
The Industry Standard, a leading publication for the high-technology sector, determined its list of the top "10 Business Schools that Get It" by surveying the top full-time MBA programs in the U.S. and Europe, scrutinizing each school's high-tech curricula, entrepreneurship programs, student clubs and rankings among recruiters.
Complete information about the survey can be found at http://www.thestandard.com.