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 today’s 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 today’s 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 one’s 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 MBA’s 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.

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