Don’t let Pawar pee: Indian politicians and their very bad jokes

By Tue, Apr 23, 2013 3:44PM UTC

There are many problems in India, including drought. Ajit Pawar’s crass pee remark to fill up empty dams in Maharashtra is unacceptable. The state faces large scale farmer suicides due to crop failure brought about by drought and lack of irrigation facilities. Pawar probably thought he did a Jaspal Bhatti

International Crisis Group makes a mockery of ‘peace’ in Burma

By Mon, Apr 22, 2013 5:46PM UTC Burma policemen walk towards burning buildings in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state during sectarian violence in June 2012. Pic: AP.

At a glitzy dinner tonight in New York, where the cover charge for a table can reach heady six figure sums, Burma’s President Thein Sein will be honoured with the International Crisis Group’s top peace award. Across the pond he will receive additional applause from the EU in the form

GMAT Prep: Top Study Materials

By Mon, Apr 22, 2013 12:00PM UTC

Individuals bent on advancing in their career field understand the effect GMAT scores have when applying for an MBA degree. With several GMAT preparatory methods available, locating leading resources may seem incomprehensible. For decades, students have invested their time in numerous publications meant specifically for GMAT prep. However, as the growth of technology enters numerous aspects of our daily lives, we’re noticing an undeniable GMAT prep shift from printed to electronic materials. A recent study shows 73% of college students own smartphones and roughly 30% own a tablet. Therefore, we at George Mason University would like to provide you with an all-inclusive list of recommended books and websites for GMAT prep.

Top Books:

Cracking the GMAT, 2011 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation)

With an extensive collection of questions covering each GMAT section, two practice tests, and tips for maintaining an organized study plan, Cracking the GMAT is considered a top resource among MBA applicants.

Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students (Kaplan Gmat Advanced)

If you’ve been looking for the most advanced GMAT prep book, the Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students is meant for you. This book covers hundreds of the toughest practice questions, difficult concepts, and most revered testing strategies.

Kaplan New GMAT Premier 2013 with 5 Online Practice Tests (Kaplan Gmat Premier Live)

As an all-in-one guide composed specifically for students seeking test questions ranging from simple to complex, the Kaplan New GMAT Premier 2013 book has been deemed one of the leading study guides of 2013. Contents include prep questions covering multiple test sections, detailed answer explanations, and a thorough section dedicated entirely to Integrated Reasoning strategies/practice questions. Upon purchase, you’ll have access to 5 online practice tests, on top of a free version of the book made iPad compatible.

Top Websites:

Beat the GMAT

Review study plan suggestions, post your questions, locate online study groups, or delve into various GMAT courses on Beat the GMAT’s extensively adept website.

Crack GMAT

Crack GMAT provides multiple study tools and courses to help boost your scores. Learn proven testing techniques, how to avoid the most commonly made mistakes, and an assortment of other beneficial strategies covering each test section.


MBA.com offers a plethora of thorough GMAT courses, copious MBA school facts, and testing advice specifically meant to provide quality results. Download the free GMAT guide and software before you begin prepping for your exam.

Practice multiple mediums of study to determine your preferred method. We hope this list helps effectively increase your GMAT score, and in turn, gain acceptance to the MBA program of your choosing.

Get the most from your MBA: Practice leadership

By Fri, Apr 19, 2013 2:52PM UTC

Get the most from your MBA: Practice leadership

Many employers tell us that what they are looking for from MBA program graduates is simply put, leadership.  That is, upon graduation will the MBA graduate be able to effectively plan, influence others to get on board with the plan and then effectively adapt to inevitable change?  The Mason MBA program not only offers courses to enhance problem solving and analytical skills in areas such as accounting and finance, but it also offers opportunities for students to handle practical leadership challenges they will inevitably face, and what employers tell us are the hardest for to train.

Mason’s MBA program offers a set of popular electives that promote leadership skills for our students.  For example, MBA 725 Leadership, examines the critical roles and functions of leadership with a special focus on how leaders influence organizational performance and manage change.  MBA 726 Negotiations is an exercise-based class where theory and practice meet on a weekly basis to improve students’ approaches to negotiation and influence.  When in a leadership position, hiring, firing, managing, and motivating others becomes critical to sustaining a high-performance organization. MBA 713 Managing Human Capital focuses on these topics so students gain confidence implementing strategies to attract, retain, and motivate human capital.

Taking courses on leadership-related topics is not the only way to enhance leadership skills during the MBA program at Mason.  The Mason MBA provides opportunities for students to take on leadership roles.  The MBA Student Association organizes events to enhance the MBA community and to build networking opportunities for students. At Mason we pride ourselves on the cohort structure and rely on student cohort representatives to relay feedback to the program office in the spirit of continuous improvement.  Many MBA students enhance their professional development by seeking assistantships.  Research and teaching assistantships offer close interaction with faculty and opportunities to lead projects and/or class discussions with undergraduate students.

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GE13: Malaysia EC warns Singapore over foreign-registered vehicles

By Fri, Apr 19, 2013 8:59AM UTC Pic: Jom Balik Undi Malaysia

A little over two weeks out from polling day in Malaysia and tensions with its neighbour over the causeway have been cranked up with the Malaysian Election Commission (EC) urging the Singapore Government to do more to stop expats returning to vote in foreign vehicles. In an attempt to address

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