This academic year, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business honors the 50th anniversary of its Department of Information Systems. Starting as a two-year data processing program in 1965, the department today offers bachelors, master’s and doctorate degrees as well as certificate programs — excelling in instruction and research while emphasizing the importance of data analytics. Read more and watch the video.
Nabeel Janjua discovered his passion for helping developing countries in 2007 when he returned to his birthplace in Pakistan. Growing up in Northern Virginia, the VCU senior had never seen extreme poverty in that way — witnessing children and parents begging — and it changed his outlook on everything. “It made me grateful for what I have,” he said. And it made him want to help those less fortunate. At VCU, this passion led him to Manoj Thomas, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems at the School of Business. Janjua's research involved developing information systems to bring Internet-style learning to Haiti and to help increase digital literacy. Read more
When Noah Scalin, a nationally renowned mixed-media artist, asked a roomful of local business professionals to create a piece of art within a two-minute timeframe, and to make it from materials that were available to them at that moment, there was slight panic in the room. But that was exactly the point of the exercise. Scalin was one of four speakers at the 2016 VCU Innovation Summit, organized by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and the VCU Da Vinci Center. Now in its fourth year, the summit brought together a diverse group of professionals from Richmond-based corporations alongside VCU faculty, staff and students for an interactive seminar about using creativity to solve problems that businesses face every day. Full story
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business has been ranked in Tier One for its MBA and Executive MBA programs in CEO Magazine’s “2016 Global MBA Rankings.” The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings investigate an MBA program’s inner workings, such as the learning environment, faculty, class sizes and diversity. The rankings distinguish schools that have “exceptional quality with great ROI.” Read more