Finally, INSEAD is in the local newspapers today! The Straits Times has a feature article called “The Business of Getting an MBA”. INSEAD, Chicago Graduate School of Business and Singapore Management University (SMU) are mentioned.
Excerpts about INSEAD:
At renowned French business school Insead, which has a campus in Singapore, enrolment for its MBA programme here has tripled in eight years.
‘The size of the starting classes here in Singapore for the first class in 2000 was 53. Today, this number has grown to over 150,’ said the school.
Well, over here it’s 151 to be precise. And I wonder what Frank Brown is going to say when he hears we’ve been called a ‘French’ business school. In last year’s Business Times article (a sister paper) it was noted that he was quite particular that INSEAD was recognised as an international school.
Continuing on, regarding the payback value of an MBA, it’s not just financial:
But while an MBA is designed to help anyone looking for more dollars and sense, interested students should be ‘most motivated by the opportunity for career advancement as well as career change’, said Ms Gopika Spaenle, associate director of Insead’s MBA Programme Asia Campus.
And to answer the question:
Should I aim for a top-tier school, or settle for a second-tier one?
‘To some extent, brand recognition and school ranking can impact your career prospects as some companies recruit only from the top-tier business schools,’ said Ms Spaenle.
She added that consulting giant McKinsey recruited more than 100 MBA grads from Insead last year - a quarter of its graduating class of 450.
[ Note: The Straits Times has a policy whereby after 7 days a lot of their articles may not be available anymore. So read it while you can! ]