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The world’s best 14 MBA Programs

 By Nour Abida 

Obtaining a degree from a top school is the first step towards a promising career.

We have analysed this year’s Financial Time MBA Ranking for any prospective students.

Harvard Business school
Harvard Business School

Unsurprisingly, the US dominates the ranking with 51 % of the best MBA programs in the world being located there, followed by the UK and China.

For the second consecutive year, the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) leads the top of the ranking, with a staggering 82% of graduates finding employment within three months and earning an average of $167,657.  Based in France and with campuses in Singapore, the ranking indicates that graduating from there is likely to increase salary by 95%- of what they were earning before doing an MBA.

Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Wharton, University of Pennsylvania are second and third respectively.

The ranking highlights the highest jump for the American University of Notre Dame Mendoza which rose 16 places from 76 to 60. We can also notice the Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea climbing 15 places from 69 to 54.

The biggest decline was by the University of Strathclyde Business School in the UK and the University of Minnesota, Carlson both slipping 17 places in the ranking from 63 to 80 and from 71 to 88  respectively.

Source: Financial Time   //



Black activists tired of being overpoliced and underprotected

Shamell Bell’s Black Studies’ teacher told her she had to go out and “do something“. That was the start her activist career. As a core member of #BlackLivesMatter LA she was a keynote for the very first  #BlackHerstories. An event showcasing the struggles black woman encountered when fighting for right equalities.

Shamell Bell, #BlackLivesMatter activist

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Shamell Bell, University of California Los Angeles doctorate student opened the evening with a speech explaining her struggle and how she became an advocate to the cause, she said  “My vision is to viciously attack the detrimental practices and policies that disadvantage the poor and people of color”.

Shamell Bell, Keynote for the night

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This event was born from a collaboration between the Multicultural Affairs and the Equity Center to “detail the experiences and stories of Black women who continue to rewrite and change history”.They hope to add validation to the struggles that Black women face in creating change while providing a space for Black women to speak openly and unapologetically about their journey to freedom.

Also, when asked about the importance of the event and the reason why everyone should attend  Desiré Campusano, representative of the Women and Gender Equity Center said: “Black voices have always been important and key to telling the very real stories of the history of this nation and world, yet they have often been silenced.”

Around a hundred of people showed up for the evening, among them Dion Sparks who said: “I thought it was definitely an eye-opener, it was just like someone else speaking what I felt internally”. As a black women she felt like she could relate to other black women.

Brittany Coleman was also here to raise her voice regarding the recent tragic events the black community has been going through; the raise of murders committed by white policemen targeting black people.  She picked on the justice’s passivity and the poor law enforcement  when treating the case by telling the story of her brother and saying that “he was shot by someone who was  supposed to protect him”.

Jade Turner also emphasised on racism black people are subjected her piece #BlackGirlMagic “All Black girls and women matter and we are tired of being silenced, erased, pushed out, overpoliced and underprotected”.

One of the highlights of the night was during Jay Dent’s speech when she made a piece about being a black mother and what it involves. In other words, a black kid has more chances to be shot by the police than a kid coming for another community. The audience started to feel emotional, some people started to burn into tears when she said in her poem: “You want me to invest in something they’re going kill”.

Jay Dent

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The event detailed the experiences and stories of Black woman who dared to rewrite and change history along with the struggles they shared in the fight for justice. For that matter, Kel McCoy needed to share her story. After she was raped and abused she tried to commit suicide. She eventually went over it :”Because of my pain and everything  I have been through,  I was able to put it in my events and touch other women. I was able to talk to them and tell them that they are not alone, give them advice of how to leave when you don’t want to”.

Even if the event only featured female speaker, a few men showed up to listen to them like Taharka Anderson who said ” The event was magical, it reminded myself  that  black women had tremendously contributed to the forward flow of the humanity  in terms of the liberation movement across the world. They have continuously given their times and talent energy and lives in order to see the world becoming a better place”.

The even was very well received by the audience when  women took the floor to share their stories through the art of voice or poetry.

You can check the slideshow with the pictures of that evening below.

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©Photos by Nour Abida 


Temperature broke heat records in years

By Nour Abida

California has been affected by meteorological phenomenons causing extremely hot temperature  unusual for February.

Technically we are still in winter however this week the temperature reached the 90 degrees. Indeed on Feb 9, the heat broke the record of the hottest day in February since 1991.

Climatologist  Wiliam Patzert said “it’s a shock right here it’s going to be in the 80’s today Santa Anna winds and rather talking about rain we are talking about potentially fires”. Indeed the heat can be explained as being a repercussion of El Niño because it hit farther North than expected.

El Niño is among one of most discussed topics of the week.  On the one hand some people fear the climatological phenomenon will cause havoc as it did for the previous El Niño episode back in 1983.

On the other hand the weather makes some happy people tells Omar whowas surfing at the beach today, “For me El Niño is not such of an issue, it is usually too cold to surf; at this period with the combinaison it is just perfect”.

Omar Lopez, surfing at Huntington Beach


The surfers are not the only ones to enjoy the heat, for Sarah 21 it is the perfect weather to lay out by the pool  with some music and a book to read. However even if the weather seems to be pleasing there is still an inconvenience “this weather make me feel lazier than usual: it’s too hot to cook, do laundry or sport.”she said.

Shelby Dollim, 23, lives in Long Beach and she loves taking advantage of the weather: “I enjoy that weather so that I can take the roof off my convertible car and cruise along the PCH, it is  really cool I feel like I am in a movie with the roof down”.

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Shelby Dollim

Also when we asked people about their favourite spot when the heat hits over the city, Vivan, 25,  recommends the Horny Corner  by the Leeway Sailing Centre. You can rent kayaks or go sailing. “This place makes me really happy because two years ago I watched someone’s stuff and he turned out to be a paddle instructor and to thank me he would give paddle lessons for free”.

Not everyone seems to be concerned by the heat in Long Beach however even if El Niño reached the coast yet it will according to climatologist Patzert.



California Faculty Association and Cal State Long Beach students participate in Chancellor White’s forum The Chancellor came to discuss student success through innovative teaching, but many had other concerns in mind.

Dozens of Cal State Long Beach students and faculty adorned red shirts that read “I don’t want to strike, but I will” as California State University Chancellor Timothy P.  White took questions regarding the ongoing negotiations with faculty at an open forum.

The event, held Thursday in the Walter Pyramid, was part of the chancellor’s tour of campuses across the CSU system. On Tuesday, White held an open forum at Cal State Los Anegeles.

The chancellor was greeted at both events by faculty members calling for a 5 percent increase in teacher salary. The California Faculty Association has been in negotiations with the CSU system over the faculty salary since last year, and some instructors used the opportunity the open forum presented to publicly address the chancellor.

“I really appreciate what you said about student and faculty interaction, but surely you know that that requires tenure-line faculty,” said Douglas Domingo-Forasté, the Long Beach Chapter president of the CFA. “It is a myth that we can handle what we have, much less the increase in the number of students that you’d like to see, with more and more lecturers and without supporting increases in tenure density.”

White called for faculty and students to hold the state government more accountable for the current budget problems in the CSU system. And even though the governor’s revised budget called for more money to the CSU universities, White explained why that money has not been used for faculty salary.

“It was a political process to get that augmentation above the governor’s proposal,” White said. “That political process was a lot of conversations as to what we [could use] that money for. And the only thing that had political legs was to increase access for Californians into the university, to improve our infrastructure and technology … and to do better in the student success arena.”

Student success was the topic of conversation in White’s opening address to the CSULB community.

White talked about technological innovations that would push student success to another level.

He said that technology is one of his main concerns when it comes to learning outcomes, and that he would like to “use technology wisely to take advantage of the value it can bring to the university.”

In addition to the forum, White was given a tour of the campus that included seeing the recently built smart classrooms and speaking with students in the Daily 49er newsroom.

Yet the negotiations with the CFA and the potential for a faculty strike seemed to dominate conversation around the chancellor. The CSU have offered faculty a 2 percent general salary increase, while the CFA is holding out for a 5 percent increase.

“We went out and got the CSU an extra $100 million dollars of funding  for this year and not one dime of that went to the faculty,” Domingo-Forasté said. “Sometimes I think that the chancellor’s office is stubborn enough to force us to strike.”

CSULB student Courtney Yamagiwa said she is worried that the quality of education could be diminished.

“My main concern is the quality of education that we get because of how the members of the faculty are treated, how little they get paid, how overworked they can be, how much the chancellor himself gets paid and how that reflects back on the education that we receive,” Yamagiwa said.

Chair and Professor of Chicano and Latino studies Jose Morena also attended the meeting to raise his concerns.

“I expect students will use their power of voting to influence the funding we get from our legislators,” Morena said. “We should build more CSUs and not more prisons.”

The chancellor’s visit to CSULB is part of an ongoing tour of the campuses in the CSU system.

Socialist Students to lead unfair housing campaign


Today Coventry University Socialists Society crashed the Hub for a Secret Protest.

They took advantage of the Housing fair taking place in the hub to do a demonstration.

The flag-mob protest took place while all the students letting agencies such as StudentLet and LetusLet were present in the hub to present their student accommodation in view of the next academic year.

They raised concern, looks like they achieved their goals because the information about the secret protest has been relayed on twitter and Facebook

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 20.59.11‘They exploit students on daily basis , they have to live in disgusting substandard  dilapidated houses’

‘ We  have a  clear strong message we are not longer gonna  stay exploited anymore this is our job, this is what we have to do’

‘We don’t just talk about it, we actually take action’ Says Kristian O’Sullivan , president of Coventry Socialist Society.

‘ It (the protest) provides an insight of the situation for students that will be having issues with unfair housing. We want to denounce the fact that  the university  supports landlords that are not giving quality housing for students and accomodation’ claims another member of the socialist society.

The university did not make any comments about the protest but it seems that they were not pleased with the chants resonating in the hub because they tried to stop their interventions as soon as it started.

Security guards trying to stop the students protesting

The Student Union feels ‘particularly concerned about our community of international students, who may be more vulnerable to falling prey to unscrupulous landlords’ To defend themselves they say how they succeeded into securing the return of more than 183 deposits last year for Coventry University students.

This protest raise the concern about student housing, indeed students represent a  major part in the city there are around 30 000 of them.

Joe, second year politics at student at Coventry University says  ‘Finding a decent house is a nightmare. When I move out for my first year of university I didn’t have heating for months. And I can tell you that you feel it, the worst is my landlord wouldn’t do anything to fix it’.

Krissie, third year law student says : ‘ I have experience now and I won’t be tricked again When it comes to student housing I prefer private landlords because Letting Agencies are evil’

At a time where Coventry University plans to spend over £125 millions to refurbish the city, maybe they should review their priorities and please their own students and prioritise the well-being of their students.

Coventry University had to face a lot of criticism recently, after MSc Mstudent, Ozeivo Andrew Akerele went missing. He disappeared since the 31st January but it is only few weeks ago that the university was mobilised.

A march and hope vigil were organised to support Ozi’s family in this ordeal.

At the moment the attention of the university is focused on Ozi, but the Student Union said they would fight against dodgy landlord and unfair housing campaign.

Check out the protest footage here 

Paris 7th January. Toll: 12 people shot dead. 66 milions people wounded.


This Sunday the whole world was gathered to support France in the tragic events that occurred last Wednesday.

The French Office of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo was attacked by two terrorists killing 4 cartoonists, 5 journalists, 2 police officers and a person from the maintenance.

The French authorities have organised marches all around France for people to express their support after what happened. Not only French people were chocked after the tragedy,the whole was grieving this Wednesday. French people consider what happened as their 9/11.

In France, more than 3.7 millions of people walked in the street. This was a historical mobilisation, the biggest since the Liberation after the Second World War.

A gathering was organised this Sunday in London at Trafalgar square, Ironically.
The place where the imposing statue of Nelson (who defeated Napoleon) illuminates the place.


French student Pauline: ‘For me it’s important to be here and to commemorate what happened. It has been an awful day for France. Now we have to show that we are a united nation, they have tried to shut us up but all they will have obtain is one minute of silence’.


The two terrorists responsible of the slaughter said they did it to revenge the prophet Muhammed. The satirical newspaper published a cartoon where they represented the Muslim prophet.

‘From now on it’s crucial to set :IMG_8305e record straight and not to lump together what happened with Islam. Because those people who claim being Muslim are not. Or if they are they for sure haven’t read the Quran. In our religion it’s forbidden to harm anyone. They didn’t only kill 12 people they have wounded an entire nation’. Farid, French Muslim.





I’m not gonna lie, I have never read Charlie Hebdo in my life,but saying Je suis Charlie doesn’t literally mean that you are Charlie and

IMG_8288that you agree with their points of views and the drawings they published. Saying Je suis Charlie means that you support Freedom of Press, it means that you disagree with what happened, saying that you are Charlie also means that you are Ahmed the police officers that’s die under the bullets’.

Janice, Spanish woman. She came to show her support with what happened in France.


Mostly French people were present for the gathering, they all stayed silent for a while before bursting into the Marseillaise.

Gerard, French Cartoonist was here as well : ‘ It could have been me. I have been drawing for many years. AnIMG_8201d this is the first time of my life that I want to laugh anymore. They killed one of the best cartoonists of this generation but they are not dead they will live forever through their cartoons. They were so smart and sensible that they could make people laugh even people they did not know’.


This day will remain momentous, firstly for French people but for the rest of the world because the most important people of the political landscape were present in the streets of Paris to join them in their sorrow and prove that all the world is united against terrorism.


Here is an interactive timeline of the events:

Get Fit for the Summer

England is not the best place on earth to get fit throughout the year. Especially when exam times are coming up and that it’s easier to find some comfort with cupcakes than with a treadmill at the gym.

However I managed to get fit for summer and lost a little bit of weight by doing very simple things that are doable for everyone, the most important is the motivation. If you’re not motivated at 100 % you won’t achieve your goal. Keep in mind that you want to look like a goddess for the beginning of the summer to show off on the beach with your brand new bikini if you are a girl or with your brand new surfboard if you’re a man.

Here are few tips you can follow, and if you stick to it I promise you will notice the difference. But this is not a diet at all; it will help you to modify your habits to have a healthier lifestyle.

First of all, try to avoid junk food as much as possible. If it’s possible, ban fast foods of your life for few months. Instead of spending money in such places, take the habit to cook yourself! Cooking can be really fun especially if you’re a student. It will help you to relax and have good times with your friends. Even if you’re not the kind of person to be patient, recipes are made especially for you. Sometimes it takes just 5 minutes to get an outstanding dish. After all you efforts, you will be rewarded by eating food you set your heart on making instead of taking the easy way and going to a random fast food to buy junk food that will hurt your body. Also when you’re hungry, instead of eating snacks take the habit of eating a carrot: it’s much healthier and better for your body.

Another tip is to keep it light in the evening. You can have a substantial dish for lunch but something but try to have something light for dinner. Because as you won’t make any more effort, your body will accumulate the fat instead of burning calories like its the case when you are active during the day. I would advice you have a salad with some cheese and some piece of fruit as dessert. You can have some tea too after dinner.

And my last piece of advice would be: try to walk as much as you can. When you can avoid to take the bus or your car, do it : to go to uni, to do your groceries, to go into town. It’s better for your health and also very respectful for the environment. Don’t be lazy and go out to the park for example. Take a ball and go to the park with your friends, flatmates or siblings. Summer days are finally here after endless rainy days, so make the most of it to share them with people you like before going home for the summer!

My summer as a florist in Paris

To be published on studentcom

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After my study, I’m planning to go backpacking in Asia. Though it involves sacrifices, like not going on holidays, be careful no to spent too much, I’m sure it’s worth it. So two summers ago, I decided to stay in Paris and look for a summer job. I was not 18 at that moment so it was a bit of an issue to find one. After many attempt I found a kind florist that was happy to hire me for the summer.

I didn’t know anything about flowers. I have flowers in my garden but my only contact with them is when I see them through my room’s window.
Not only did I found a way to fund my project, I also developed a new passion.

The shop was located in the middle of Paris, in the ‘IXeme Arrondissement ‘. It was in a very lively area of Paris, the shop was right behind the ‘Boulevard Haussman’ where are the two biggest malls of Paris ‘Les Galleries Lafayette’ et ‘LePrintemps’. Though it was aFlorist 2 small shop, it was always busy because of its location. All the employees of the shops around and the shopping centre around came to buy flowers.

At the beginning I was not doing bouquets, I was doing handling and cleaning. But little by little I was given more responsibilities. I have learnt a lot from this job.

Firstly I have learnt about what it involved to work and have duties: e.g. be on time every morning ( I had to be at 8:30 at the shop), be focused ( careless mistake could be costly, for example putting some weed killer instead of fertiliser. It may seem funny but all the bottles look the same).

I have also learnt a lot about flowers obviously, to inform customers in need. I don’t claim knowing all the name of all the flowers but I know quite a few. And it helps me to stand out sometimes during interviews, it highlight the fact that I’m versatile.

I also have met very interesting people. I remember the first time I saw this man entering in the shop; he had a particular style, quite fancy. He was very passionate about flowers and we had quite a long talk about it. Actually he was a fashion designer, as the Fashion week approached he was looking for flowers to use during his runaway. We talked about different topics, he noticed my interest in journalism and told me he had friends in the press industry and offered me to forward my details to them. I’m still in touch with him and I promised him to have a drink together the next time I head to Paris. I also remember that other man that is selling diamond in a very famous brand.

The florist I was working for had partnerships with different brands: jewellery, clothes, cars, photographers etc.. . Each week my colleague and I delivered flowers to these brands. I was always nice and trying to talk to customers in charge of the flowers. Nonetheless one brand particularly appealed me: I can’t name it, it was a luxury diamond dealer. While delivering the flowers I was dreaming for a while imagining which ring my future husband was going to offer me for my proposal. And I think the diamond seller noticed it,; once he told me to come back after I was done with my work. I had no idea of what he wanted from me but I went anyway. He made try a ‘Diamond Rivière’ worth of £10 000. Can you imagine, I had one year of my tuition fees or my backpacking trip in Asia around my neck.

Above all, I felt in love (again) with the city of Paris, the city of love. Thou I have left it I’m still full of admiration and I would never be bored of it. I was often going to Paris during the year, but Paris in summer is another city than Paris during the rest of the year. All the agitation and the stress of the year are evacuated from the city; to leave their place to the calm and to give all its charm to the pretty capital.

Learning a new job in a different city was such an unforgettable experience. I got the chance to meet amazing people, to discover new places, new skills. If you are looking for a job or a placement and you can’t find something related to your field of study, take anything that comes. Don’t refuse a job on the pretext it won’t be useful. Each work experience will be beneficial as it will bring you something new and you will learn from it!

Cabinet of Curiosities ( Part2)


Here is the second part of cabinet of curiosities, composed of object which I noticed the worth throughout the year.


The first object is my notepad: I bought it two years ago but I only used it properly this year. As a journalist, I have it with me all the time, it is always in my bag. I am never without it. I think this should be a journalist’s best friend to write anything he witness, and in order not to forget anything.

I use mine when I have interviews to make, to prepare the questions I am going to ask. When I visit a place and something overwhelms me I write it down in it, or when I have a special feeling about something special that happened and I don’t want to forget it. Because time flies and we easily forget things as we see a lot of people and a lot of spaces.

I know that we have iphones and tablet etc.. equipped with notes app but I’m old-fashioned and I like having my notepad with me .

Regarding ethics, it might not be ideal because a journalist must protect his sources so if a jour no’s notepad (with sources details) falls into bad hands it can lead to problems.



The second object of my cabinet is my library. I used to be very sad and I wasn’t really keen on going out and I used to read a lot in order to forget my sorrow.


It’s thanks to all  the books I read I acquired my general knowledge and I first broaden my horizons.

It’s also through reading that I forged my personality, indeed by reading about different ideologies and philosophies made me realise what kind of people I wanted to be and also how and what to think about society and the world that surrounds us.

My books are very precious to me however I don’t mind lending them to my friends because knowledge is the most precious asset to share.


This is my piano. My love, he (yes I consider him as a person) taught me loIMG_4530ve; through music.

I shared so much moments with him,  together we went through different states of mind : happiness, sadness, exhaustion, anger. Thanks to him, I have developed my sensitivity. I am not the kind of person that can be easily touch however there is an exception when it comes to music. I have faith in music, more than in humans. Because it’s difficult to trust them and also because they are not going to be here forever, everyone leaves one day. Although music will be always here and even when a composer dies he carries on living through people playing their master pieces.

Music also taught me to be persevering, to fight and not to give up. I have spent hours on my piano playing a music piece all over again, with different nuances because it had to be perfect.


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