B-School Highlights: May 4

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Some of the events and announcements from top business schools in the U.S. and around the world that made news in the past two weeks:

Columbia Business School alumnus Leon G. Cooperman (Class of 1967), who is chief executive officer of the hedge fund Omega Advisors and a member of the school’s Board of Overseers, pledged $25 million to help fund construction of the school’s new facilities in Manhattanville, which will be designed by New York architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, according to an April 23 announcement.

MIT Sloan School of Management is hosting a stress-relief night—replete with acupuncture, massages, trained therapy dogs for cuddling, and an herbal tea bar—for students looking to unwind on May 7.

Vaxess Technologies, a student team dedicated to investing in a Tufts University technology that puts vaccines on a thin strip, which can be shipped and stored without refrigeration, and eTransitions, another student team that is streamlining the transition of patients from the hospital to post-acute care facilities, won the Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest on April 24. The winners and runners-up took home prizes totaling more than $150,000 in cash and services meant to help them launch their startups. Past winners have included CloudFlare, which helps websites protect themselves against online attacks, Finale, a Boston chain that serves desserts and drinks, and Rent the Runway, a service that provides access to designer clothing at more affordable prices.

London Business School celebrated five years of providing executive MBA and executive education programs at the Dubai International Financial Center with a presentation, “The Emergence of Growth Economies and Corporate Giants,” by Nirmalya Kumar, professor of marketing and co-director of the school’s Aditya Birla India Center, on April 24.

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