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Written on October 24, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News
Where are you from?
I am from Shanghai, China.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I am an INFJ (introversion, intuition, feeling, judging) ever since high school. How can an INFJ appear in a business school?
Why did you choose the Master in International Management at IE Business School? What do you find to be the most attractive component of the program?
I chose the Master in International Management because it covers all kinds of business courses which will facilitate me to work in a multinational environment. Why IE? Top school, great location, good timing, and nice people!
Diversity is the word. The program is composed of people of 48 nationalities. I have talked with my friends in other top business schools in Europe or in the States, and I’m pretty sure none of those schools have a class profile as diverse as IE has. When I am in the classroom, I feel like being in the United Nations. Obviously, I can learn a lot from people with different cultural and academic backgrounds.
What new things have you been learning the past month?
Learning to be awake until 3am or even 7am! For those who are thinking of applying to IE, you should ask to yourselves whether you’re ready for the heavy workload, or the better term is “work hard, party hard”. Madrid is a cool place to live, but it’s a dangerous place to study. Imagine working on Financial Accounting all day along and then going to Pacha for the MIM welcome party till morning! Time management is an additional course at IE.
You have only just started the program, what is your overall impression so far?
IE might be the best fit business school for me. The students are smart, the faculty is really strong, and yet they are overall nice human-beings. IE takes pride in its emphasis on entrepreneurship and Cooperate Social Responsibility, which are key factors in today’s business success from a long-term perspective.
Ambitions? To tell the truth, I don’t know. I am open to any possibilities though I would prefer to work in my hometown Shanghai, which is a most dynamic city with increasing opportunities. The most practical ambition may be to help IE establish a high reputation in China either by building strong alumni network or by organizing more activities/events between IE and China.
First published on IE Master in International Management blog.
Tomorrow is an exciting day for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Singapore. IE Business Schools and Angels Den jointly organized the first IE – Angels Den Seminar on Entrepreneurship. Here are the details:
When? Wednesday, May 25 from 18:00 to 20.45
Where? Pan-Pacific Hotel, Level 1, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square
Registration: IE Event Page
As follows please find the agenda
Written on May 9, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News
To mark the conclusion of the IE Consulting Project (IECP), sixteen International MBA students recently presented their final projects to senior management of Unilever.
The IECP is the latest example of the experiential learning opportunities available at IE Business School, which provides students with real world experience in identifying and solving problems in management.
”Not only is the IE Consulting Project a rewarding opportunity for our students to work with Unilever, but the company likewise benefits from the energy, passion, and new ideas of our MBAs,” said Amrou Awaysheh, Professor of Operations Management and Faculty Director of IECP, which is now in its second year.
In this most recent project with Unilever, students were grouped into four teams of four and assigned to projects closely aligned with Unilever’s core activities including CSR, strategic planning, and process improvement. For fourth months, the teams met with senior management, had access to exclusive company data, and visited various Unilever sites in Europe.
The MBAs presented their final reports to senior Unilever management. “The presentations were strong; the MBA students have given Unilever much to consider and a number of recommendations that can be implemented in future endeavors,” concluded Awaysheh.
”Once again I am extremely impressed with the caliber, professionalism and enthusiasm of the students and the work they have produced. Some projects were more strategic and others more operational, but in all cases the conclusions and recommendations have been practical, and applicable immediately to our business,” said Duncan McIver, Works Director of Unilever’s Aranjuez facility. “After only one year the current students have elevated the standard to a level that will be a challenge for future students.”
McIver added: “As always, it has been a pleasure to work with the students and Professor Awaysheh on these projects, and it clearly demonstrates the caliber of the IE Business School.”
Written on May 6, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News
Starting in May 2011, IE accepts the CAIA exams, (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst), both Level I and Level II, as a replacement to the GMAT or GRE exam, one of the admissions requirement to IE´s Masters in Finance programs.
Before that, earlier this year, IE also officially started to accept CFA Level I as a substitute for GMAT or GRE for the Master in Finance & Global Master in Finance) and Level II for the Master in Advanced Finance program. In the past few years, plenty of IE´s candidates for the Masters in Finance programs presented their CFA exams during the admissions process.
Candidates to the Master in Finance, Global Master in Finance and Master in Advanced Finance programs therefore can submit either of the above four exam results at the time they apply to the program(s). Candidates for the Executive Master in Finance Biweekly have an additional option of taking the IE Admission test.
Written on December 17, 2010 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News
Many candidates struggle with the concept of NO DEADLINE in the application process at IE as they don’t know when to submit their application. This post aims to clarify the concept and provides recommendations on when to apply.
IE operates a rolling admissions process which allos candidates for the Master programs to apply all year around. So, you can apply for a Master Degree which starts in Spring 2012 as well as for a program that might start within the next couple of months. The main difference to admissions processes with established rounds is that IE does not compare candidates with each other as it is difficult to compare an Architect from US with an Engineer from Japan or a Lawyer from Germany. A Master Degree is all about contribution and it is difficult to tell if the architect, the engineer or the lawyer enhances more the class discussions with their experiences while in the program. Candidates who meet the admissions criteria will receive an admission to the program of their choice independently when they apply.
Of course, this does not give any revelation on WHEN to apply. The general indication is to start your application process around 9-12 month before the intended program start. Taking into account that some programs close up to 5 months before the program officially starts, the admissions process takes up to 2 month and the student visa processing alike, you quickly notice that applying 9 months ahead, might already be a little tight. Probably the more simple rule is the following:
- You apply for the spring intake (programs starting from February to April), you should take your summer holidays to start with your preparation for your GMAT, GRE and gathering the additional required documents.
- You apply for the fall intake (programs starting from September to November), Christmas time always provides a nice break from the stress at work and gives you time to plan ahead for your Master Degree.
Nonetheless, the best thing of a rolling admissions process is its flexibility. You still might decide to start your program in the coming spring intake, but you should start working on your application NOW and check with the Admissions Department or the Representative Offices whether there are still spaces left in the desired program and intake. As the admissions standards are continuously high, don’t expect an easier process but it might be a little quicker than the previous indications. The worst case scenario always can be that you don’t arrive on time and you have to wait till the coming intake – but if it’s important to you to start as early as possible, if you don’t give it try you definitely won’t make it!
One final recommendation: if you plan to apply for Financial Aid, opt always for the “well-planned option”. Financial Aid funds are limited and will get assigned on the first come first serve basis. The later you apply for any intake, the less likely it is that you will get the desired funds to finance your program.
IE Business School holds the No. 5 position in Europe and No. 1 in Spain in this year’s ranking of European business schools published by the Financial Times.
The annual report is an accumulation of rankings published by the Financial Times throughout the year of MBA programs, Executive MBAs, Masters in Management, and Executive Education programs. This overall ´ranking of rankings´ considers factors including graduate salary progression, levels of diversity among faculty and student body, and fulfillment of expectations of students and recruiters.
IE Business School’s position in the Financial Times’s ranking of European business schools further consolidates results achieved by the School this year in international rankings conducted by The Wall Street Journal (No. 1 worldwide, MBA), Bloomberg Businessweek (No. 3 non-US based, MBA; No. 1 in Europe and No. 6 worldwide Executive Education), Forbes (No. 3 worldwide, MBA), and The Economist (No. 1 worldwide, distance learning international Executive MBA).
Written on December 13, 2010 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University
As the previous post on the exciting launch of the Master in Architectural Management & Design caught your attention, here comes the good news of the Architectural Challenge Scholarship Competition. Details you will find using the link of the image and HURRY UP – the deadline is on January 1, 2011!