Category Archives: MBA Admissions

TOEFL, admissions, visas.

We have reversed a decision made three months ago regarding acceptance of TOEFL as a means of demonstrating English proficiency. We are essentially accepting TOEFL again. This U-turn is the result of the confusion that sudden changes to the visa regime can create. Here is the sequence of events. Earlier this year, a TV programme… Continue Reading

Women are not the problem.

Last week, the Women in Business Special Interest Group (SIG) organised a talk by Smaranda Gosa-Mensing, Professional Development Manager and Head of Learning UK at McKinsey. She talked about McKinsey’s Centered Leadership model and how it can apply to individuals and organisations. You can hear a podcast that two of our MBAs did with Smaranda,… Continue Reading

What a so-called Oops moment tells us about MBAs

I recently came across an article that describes the reaction to what I can only describe as a process error committed by McKinsey when communicating with unsuccessful MBA applicants. In brief, McKinsey sent an automated email to rejected MBA applicants. Nothing unusual there, but the email still showed the field name %Preferred when it should… Continue Reading

MBA 2013 — never lose the why

Monday marked the beginning of Orientation and the MBA school year for almost 140 MBA 2013s. The programme for the first day comprised a welcome session by the new Director of the MBA, Simon Learmount, introduction sessions within the two streams and a welcome reception for new students, partners and their children. As the Head… Continue Reading

False precision in MBA rankings

I have finally submitted school data to the various MBA rankings surveys that we will participate in this year. Over the last three years, I have noticed how, with each passing iteration, the publications that run these rankings ask for more and more data points.   Take for example, the Business Week MBA survey. It… Continue Reading

MBAs and politics

In the next 24 hours, the world will learn who will be President of the United States for the next four years. In the next week, the world will learn the new leadership that will take over in China for what could be the next 10 years. These political leadership changes, and the current debate… Continue Reading

My trip to the UAE or how I’d like to meet the Middle East entrepreneurs

I have just returned from a three day trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi where I met prospective MBA candidates and representatives from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). It was my first trip to the Middle East in five years and much has changed since. Dubai’s reputation as a financial centre took a serious… Continue Reading