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With three fully-integrated campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and over 80 different nationalities in the classroom, no other business school offers such a multicultural experience. The accelerated 10-month curriculum develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities. Our alumni often say that their year at INSEAD was life-changing.
Our accelerated 10-month MBA comprises five periods, each lasting eight weeks and concluding with an exam, essay and/or project. The first part of the programme is built around 14 core courses, which provide you with a robust foundation of key management disciplines. In the second part, you
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Why did you decide to do an MBA?
I wanted to switch my career from banking to luxury goods and retail industry. And I thought an MBA would make me more rounded and provide me exposure to fields such as brand management, marketing and supply chains, which I didn’t know much about. I also wanted a strong international network.
And why did you choose INSEAD?
I’d heard about INSEAD many, many times from colleagues over the years. And it was all good. Plus it was the highest-ranked one-year MBA programme and not too far from my partner, who stayed in Hong Kong. It was the only school I applied to, as it made perfect sense for me on both a professional and a personal level.
What is your impression of your fellow students? And the faculty?
The students who come here are diverse… yet like-minded and open-minded. I’m comfortable hanging out with all of them. There are no cliques. The faculty also match this overall culture. They’re not just academically excellent; they have global exposure and they bring it into the classroom. And they’re used to an international life, juggling their work between two or three campuses.
How is the career change going? And how has INSEAD helped?
The specialist careers advisor for luxury goods and retail helped from day one. She pointed out that it was an industry where you have to be proactive, patient and persistent. You have to use the alumni network and the student club. And that’s what I’ve done. I was the co-president of the Retail, Consumer and Luxury Goods Club.
What is the key skill you’ll take from INSEAD into your new career?
I think it’s a new level of open-mindedness. I had exposure to diversity before, but INSEAD has made me even more mindful of other perspectives and savvy in my people skills. But it’s not just about skills, networks and knowledge. To be honest, friendship is my main take-away. Our study group of five is still very close – so much so that I’m going to Fontainebleau to graduate with the rest of them.
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