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A Day in the Life of our Regional Director for Europe

Michael Bulzan - reduced size headshotMy name is Michael Bulzan, and I am the regional director for Europe at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Our team is based in London and the “mission” includes enhancing Fuqua’s visibility in the region, working with prospective students for our MBA and Master of Management Studies programs, and building relationships with companies throughout Europe who want to engage with the school. I graduated from the Daytime MBA program in 2003, then worked in New York City for almost four years and now live in Romania. I travel about a third of the time and in the past year have visited 14 countries on behalf of Fuqua.

My “typical day” is a travel day:

7:00 AM – Conclude a short but restful night’s sleep at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London. We have been holding the Executive MBA residencies at this hotel for the past five years and enjoy an outstanding working relationship with them. The residencies have given, and continue to give our Executive MBA students an opportunity to learn first-hand how business works throughout Europe, via direct contact with regional leaders and top local companies.

7:45 AM – Share breakfast with one of Fuqua’s European Regional Advisory Board members at One Twenty One Two, the hotel’s legendary restaurant. The name traces back to “Whitehall 1212”—the telephone number of the hotel’s former neighbor, Scotland Yard. We discuss the contents of the board member’s upcoming talk to our Global Executive MBA class that will study in Istanbul in January.


Fuqua Classmates Reconnect 34 Years later

Visit to Moscow 2007

Sparkman, left, Watson, right, at a visit to Moscow in 2007

Lee Sparkman and Rick Watson have a connection that has spanned both time and distance. Long before either became successful executives, they met in business school at Duke University.

“In those days Fuqua did not pair ‘study groups’ but rather allowed students to seek out their own colleagues,” Sparkman said. “I am unsure why, but Rick and I ended up in many of the same study groups.”

By the time their second year of business school rolled around they were housemates, along with Sparkman’s basset hound Beaufort.

When their time at Duke came to a close, Sparkman went to Florida for a job. Watson says he had some good offers from major banks in Chicago and Pittsburgh, but he felt that was not ultimately the career path he wanted to follow.

“I really wanted to do something out of the box – and with some sun – after Duke,” he said. “Lee was instrumental in helping me find my first job.”


Mit einem starken Netzwerk ins Berufsleben

Annika Büttner im Interview über das Studium an der Duke University Fuqua School of Business

annika-183x2251Wer noch nicht dort war, kann sich schwer vorstellen, wie vielfältig das Leben an der Duke University in Durham, North Carolina ist. Annika Büttner aus Mainz ist 24 Jahre alt. Nach ihrem Bachelor Studium im Fach International Management wechselte sie an die Duke Fuqua School of Business und schloss dort im Mai 2013 ihren Master of Management ab. Im Interview gibt Sie Einblicke in ihre Studienzeit und erklärt weshalb sie sich für ein Studium in Durham, North Carolina entschied und welche Schritte dahin wichtig waren.

Annika, warum hast Du Dich für die Duke Fuqua School of Business entschieden?

Zunächst habe ich mich bewusst dazu entschieden, meinen Master in den USA zu absolvieren. Die US-amerikanischen Business Schools gehören zu den besten weltweit, und es war mir wichtig an einer renommierten Uni im Ausland zu studieren. Daraufhin habe ich mich für ein Fulbright-Stipendium beworben, um sowohl finanziell als auch organisatorisch Unterstützung zu erhalten. Während meiner Recherchen der Top 20 Business Schools habe ich mich bei der Fuqua sofort willkommen gefühlt, und auch das Studienprogramm hat mir zugesagt. Die Ansprechpartner im Career Center waren von Anfang an extrem nett und hilfsbereit. Zudem ist Fuqua für seine ausgezeichnete Marketing-Fakultät und seine hervorragenden Professoren bekannt.


IDEO Brings Design Thinking to Fuqua


Aycan, left, and Misono, right, of IDEO talk to Christine Moorman’s Marketing Strategy

IDEO — the company that created the first mouse for Apple back in 1980 — is located in countries around the world, including England and Germany. They are considered by some to be THE go-to company for creative design thinking.

They recently came to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business to address professor Christine Moorman’s Marketing Strategy Class.

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Wheels up! Telling the Fuqua Story around Europe

Michael Bulzan

By Michael Bulzan, Fuqua’s Regional Director for Europe

Sometimes “hitting the ground running” translates to pairs of take-offs and landings, repeated over and over, in quick succession.  This was precisely the experience of my first five weeks as Fuqua’s new Regional Director for Europe – and it was a terrific one!

The fall is Fuqua’s busiest recruiting season, with an aggressive calendar of events for both Daytime and Executive MBA target audiences across the world.

Our regional team – Stephanie Brookes and myself – in partnership with central admissions representatives, kicked off our European tour in London on September 18 and by the time October 22 rolled around, we had made stops in another nine cities in as many different countries. There were MBA admissions events in London (twice), Paris (twice), Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Istanbul, Zurich and Bucharest, as well as alumni get-togethers in Munich (yes, during Oktoberfest), Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, London and Stockholm.