Saturday, October 25, 2008

Queen's A+ in Globe Student Survey

More than 43,000 students rate 55 universities in this new survey and again this Queen's University claims more A pluses for overall student experience than any other mid-sized university

In the recent survey Globe and Mail Canadian University Report, conducted in association with the Strategic Counsel and the Educational Policy Institute - students shared their opinion on 100 questions about Canadian university student experience.

Queen's is alone among the peer-universities in receiving an A+ for academic reputation. The Queen's Library (my favorite!) received one of only two A+ grades among universities in all size categories.

Queen's also scored top marks for:
* Quality of education ... A+
* Extracurricular activities ... A+
* Campus technology ... A
* Buildings and facilities on campus ... A-
* Availability and variety of courses offered ...B+ .

Way to go!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

A year after the Queen's MBA experience

Wedding of my classmate

With the little baby

Same school..same up at Bangkok!


Queen's MBA fair in China

Kerri (Program Manager) and Jian Luo (Queen's MBA 07)

Dr. A. Scott Carson, the Queen's MBA Program Director and Kerri Reagan, the Program Manager were in India recently for the MBA Fair. It was a pleasure to meet them.
We discussed a lot of interesting stuff. Updates soon.

BTW, here is a picture


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Giving advice in adversity
From the Economist

WHEN even consultants suggest that companies might want to spend less on consultancy, you know the industry is in for a difficult time. A recent article in the McKinsey Quarterly argues that Wall Street’s ailing banks could slash up to $2 billion each from their bloated overheads without damaging employee morale.

Convulsions on Wall Street and elsewhere are grim news for the global consulting industry, which boasted $309 billion in revenues last year, according to Kennedy Information, a research firm.

Financial institutions are some of the industry’s biggest customers. But revenues are also under pressure in other areas. The credit crunch has cut the number and size of deals by private-equity firms, which are also big consumers of consulting services. And a decline in mergers and acquisitions means there is less demand for the nitty-gritty work of combining computer systems, a mainstay of some consultancies.

Consultants say they have fared pretty well in the first half of 2008. But consulting revenues are not immune to a downturn .Consultants will feel the pinch next year, as clients cancel or delay projects.

Some consultancies are already sounding cautious about the rest of this year.

All consultants agree that emerging markets such as China, India and the Middle East offer the best opportunities for the future. But they accept that most of their business will come from the developed world for a while yet. So the industry badly needs a “Big New Idea” that it can sell to clients there. Previous consulting booms were built on ideas such as “total quality management” and re-engineering. But at the moment consultants have no successor to such money-spinners.

Read the entire article here

Friday, October 03, 2008

I read a very interesting quote today:

"What I do today is important because I am paying a day of my life for it. What I accomplish must be worthwhile because the price is high."