Columbia Business School Reworks Curriculum

Art Samberg, a Columbia Business School alumnus and well-known hedge fund manager, has been honored for his generous donations to the school. In 2002, Art Samberg provided a gift that made it possible for Columbia to begin The Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence. Four years later, he aided Columbia with a grant that allowed the endowment of 20 new professorships. More recently, in 2013, Art Samberg, a member of CBS’s Board of Overseers, generously pledged $25 million to Columbia Business School toward the construction of the school’s innovative new Manhattanville campus.

As part of its ongoing commitment to preparing its students for the rapidly changing world of international business and economics, the Columbia Business School recently introduced a new core curriculum for the class of 2015. The school unveiled its new approach over the summer of 2013, through a dozen online videos highlighting the most important reasons for the curriculum changes. Made to reflect changes in the modern business world, the new curriculum includes a credit-bearing leadership course that will be held during student orientation, rather than during the first semester; an increase in the number of electives first-year students are permitted to take; an increase in online coursework; and a complete makeover of the decision models course, which will now recognize the importance of big data in modern business.

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