Archive for January, 2010

Eligibility Question – 3+2 programs

January 26th, 2010 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Update on questions of eligibility —

Students who are currently enrolled in dual BA/MBA or BS/MBA programs are eligible for the Challenge, and do satisfy the MBA team requirement.

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Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Development in the 21st Century

January 25th, 2010 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently addressed the Center for Global Development on why development in other countries matters to the American people and to our nation’s security and prosperity.

“Development was once the province of humanitarians, charities, and governments looking to gain allies in global struggles,” she said.  “Today it is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative – as central to advancing American interests and solving global problems as diplomacy and defense.”

With the backdrop of ongoing reviews of the nation’s development policy, Secretary Clinton outlined six steps that are being taken immediately to ensure that development “delivers lasting results for people at home and abroad.”

1.  Adopting a model based on partnership–“True partnership is based on shared responsibility,” she said.  This is more akin to investment, rather than aid.  Partnerships involve not only the countries in which we work, but other countries and governments working there, multilateral organizations like World Bank, nonprofits, foundations, universities and private companies.

2.  Elevating development and integrating it more closely with defense and diplomacy

3.  Improving coordination across all federal agencies

4.  Concentrating on “areas of convergence,” or sectors–and targeting investment toward developing technical expertise in a few key areas to achieve broad, sustainable change.

5.  Increasing U.S. investment in innovation–“exploring venture funds, credit guarantees, and other tools to encourage private companies to develop and market products and services that improve the lives of the poor.”

6.  Focusing more on investing in women and girls–one of the world’s “greatest untapped resources,” she said.

Read the entire transcript of the speech here.

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Question of Institutional Eligibility

January 21st, 2010 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

According to the official Challenge rules of eligibility, “The Challenge is open to students enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited U.S. college or university with an MBA program.”  This extends to include students who are enrolled in institutions that offer a Masters in International Business degree in lieu of an MBA.  Therefore any student enrolled in this particular program will also satisfy the requirement of at least one MBA student per team.

We encourage all potential participants to contact us at csvc@rhsmith.umd.edu if they have similar questions regarding the eligibility of specific programs or institutions.

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Welcome!

January 5th, 2010 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Greetings, registrants! Welcome to the official Challenge blog.  We will use this medium throughout the coming months to post answers to any questions that apply to all teams, so please check back regularly.  We will also follow the Challenge throughout its two rounds, posting info on and for the teams selected to advance to the finals as well as the eventual winners.  Stay tuned for all the details!

Good luck to all the teams! We look forward to receiving your registrations (on or before February 5th at 5pm).

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