Prof Idol: Four professors, one class, $100,000 prize [BBC]

Posted Mar 18, 2013 by Media Relations

It seems that the popularity of reality television shows has encouraged other activities to become competitive.

That was certainly the case with the final teach-off in the Business Professor of the Year Awards, held on Thursday evening at Hult International Business School.

Is competitive teaching a strange idea? Not according to Professor John Beck, the man who dreamed up the event a year ago.

"Teaching is always competitive," he says.

"All professors get ratings and the ratings are always relative. If you're in with a weak group you're going to get better ratings than if you were with a strong group."

Prof Vijay Sethi, from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the eventual winner of the $100,000 (£66,250) prize, disagrees.

By Anthony Reuben, Business reporter, BBC News. Read the full article on

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