MBA In Europe
The practical benefits of doing your
MBA in Europe
As the world continues to flatten at a rapid pace, business careers are
becoming increasingly more global in nature. Doing your MBA in Europe
provides many distinct advantages versus a typical American business school
experience in the face of this incredible globalization.
European schools not only have a significantly higher percentage of non-national
students and faculty than their American counterparts, but also a broader
representation of different economic regions. This creates an incredible
melting pot of cultures and perspectives that requires each student to
open his or her mind to a range of the right way to do things.
Just imagine debating a case in a class of 70 students made up of 40 nationalities,
or working in a small project team with fellow students from every single
continent - you will find it impossible to find one right answer to the
issue being discussed. In todays flattening world, where business
influences and opportunities come from all corners of the globe, there
rarely is just one right answer. What a great advantage to have an MBA
experience that so accurately reflects modern times.
A European MBA can also provide an edge in finding your ideal international
job in todays competitive global economy. If you want to be
marketable to a wide range of international companies, study in an international
environment. The European MBA programs are simply better at creating a
classroom environment that brings together experiences of a diverse- bordering
on eclectic group of young ambitious professionals, says Brook Hardwick,
Associate Director of MBA Admissions at IESE
Business School in Barcelona.
Multinational companies recruit heavily on European MBA campuses, recognizing
the need for their future global business managers to have a real awareness and understanding of multicultural issue. Recruiters
and Employment Consultants have also become more international and global
providing a continuous stream of international employment opportunities
throughout ones career.
Another point to consider is that European MBA programs are typically
shorter than the common two-year model offered by most US business schools.
This minimizes the opportunity cost and allows MBAs to return to the work
force quicker. As Janet Shaner, Director of MBA Marketing at IMD, points
out These shorter programs (in Europe) may be right particularly
for students with more work experience who want to gain the general management
focus of an MBA program and apply it quickly back into the work force.
Finally, the European MBAs melting pot of ambitious young professionals
also helps to develop an international network. Emily Browning, Marketing
and Admissions Officer from London Business School, agrees: There
is more diversity in nationalities and backgrounds. You have the opportunity
to learn another language and build up global networks for life after
graduation. Whether it is to help find an Advertising Agency in
Tokyo, a distributor in Barcelona, a research agency in Caracas, a third-party
manufacturer in Bejing, or simply a great restaurant in London
your European MBA network will provide unimaginable connections throughout
your international business career.
So, if you have an international mind, are energized by a multicultural
world, are looking for a different approach to acquire the technical and
professional knowledge, and enjoy friendships around the globe, you are
the ideal candidate to pursue an MBA in Europe.