Monthly Archives: January 2011

Thomas Gatley, Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management

Students bid for the elective courses they want to take – a stark reminder of the realities of the free market 

Vladimir Vano, WU and Carlson

“Day without a change is day when one is dead” sums up the attitude of never ending striving for improvement and progress in China.

 

Barbara O'Beirne, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

With so many electives to choose from it has been very hard to make a decision. 

Edward Carpenter

In a masterclass of presentation skills one of Ceibs MBAs delivers a three-hour talk on climate change  

Jorge Millan, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Now midway through the second term Jorge is enjoying his studies much more because real topics are being discussed 

Anthemos Georgiades, Harvard Business School

I spent the last week or so in Silicon Valley on an HBS ‘Immersion Experience Program’. While some of my friends were off meeting the Rwandan president or travelling around Latin America on different programmes or treks, 50 of us opted to go to Silicon Valley to learn more about consumer internet and clean-tech start-ups alongside some of our faculty. 

Barbara O'Beirne, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

Do not underestimate the GMAT, it is tricky and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to study 

Lidija Pehak Kolenko, Essec Business School

We are already in the second half of January, wow, time flies so quickly. We’re well into our classes and new projects. I can honestly say that I managed to forget that I had a Christmas break. 

Edward Carpenter

Exchange visits give students the opportunity to study in a different country and gain useful insights into what it is like to swap cities 

Vladimir Vano, WU and Carlson

An international residency offers the opportunity for a more global perspective  

Vera Guerreiro, Tuck School of Business

At Tuck, the first week of every term is course picking week, also known as add-drop week. We get the opportunity to try all the classes we are interested in, in order to make a final choice before the week is over. 

Federico Zaldua, Columbia Business School

What will happen once the programme finishes in May? A period of reflection lies ahead. 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

If you think that an MBA is a chance to take a “break” from work for a year or so, then you should really think again  

Naveed Syed, London Business School

It is time for the annual internship dance when thousands of hopeful MBA students search for a position 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Even though this blog is titled “The fine art of networking,” I’d just like to say that I despise the word “networking.” 

Miguel Suarez, IE Business School

I have just finished reading tomorrow’s case for my Information Systems class and decided to relax and blog about an aspect that I feel is very critical to one-year programmes: managing our time and energy. 

Barbara O'Beirne, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

After a manic December, we now have a full month off, with no lectures and no assignments…it’s bliss! It took me a long time to settle into the Christmas holidays. 

Edward Carpenter

January brings with it a new term and a new team. Ceibs places a big emphasis on team tasks – you get given a team each term and most of the class assignments are done and submitted as a team. 

Wendi Li, Insead Singapore

In a blink of an eye, I’m now already 40 per cent finished with my programme. P3 has started and I think it’ll prove to be the best period yet. 

Barry Chien, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Sometimes it’s a good idea to catch a breath of fresh air outside the classroom setting by moving into the real world. Our organisational behaviour class required us to interview someone who is in a position of interest to us. 

Alex Ferrari, University of Miami

The first post I ever did here on the Financial Times MBA blog was titled “The Start of Something New”, and I thought it would be appropriate to title my final blog the same. Why? 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

It is a huge relief to be done with my first set of MBA exams. The bounce in my step has finally returned. But even though exams are over, the course content I studied remains front and centre in my mind. 

Federico Zaldua, Columbia Business School

After a few days in Buenos Aires and in Chascomus (my birthplace in Argentina) I went to Punta for a week but, 24/7 I am thinking about what will happen after January 16th.