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 Read more

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.

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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. Read more

Edward Carpenter

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

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 Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more

Vladimir Vano, WU and Carlson

An international residency offers the opportunity for a more global perspective  Read more

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. Read more

Federico Zaldua, Columbia Business School

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

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  Read more

Naveed Syed, London Business School

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

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.” Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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? Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Pranay Harsh, Wharton School

The first semester at Wharton really flew by. It’s hard to imagine that I had arrived in Philly back in late July and that I’ve been there for more than five months now! Read more

Barry Chien, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

For certain individuals, it makes more sense to begin a career as an entrepreneur first rather than a venture capitalist and that’s exactly what Kevin O’Connor did. Read more