Gareth Rees, University of Bath EMBA

Gareth Rees, our MBA blogger at the University of Bath, reflects on the differences between studying for an MBA and an executive MBA 

Alexandra Fitzgerald, Rotman School of Management

In spite of the fact that I am busy with my summer internship and going back to school for my second year is the furthest thing from my mind, I received an email this week and it’s time for me to make my course selections. 

Johanna Singer

The spring semester is almost upon her and Johanna Singer is eager to tackle some of the elective classes on offer 

Helen Casey, Imperial Business School EMBA

What is the difference between management and leadership? One blogger has the answer 

Diana Mak, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

With his MBA journey completed, guest blogger Alex believes that the biggest gain from his MBA programme at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University was a feeling of confidence, that a new wife  

Helen Casey, Imperial Business School EMBA

With her MBA drawing to a close Helen Casey looks back on her business school experience and realises she has made some friends for life 

Thomas Pedrick, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

At the halfway point of his MBA programme one blogger realises that his programme has changed the way he views the outside world 

Eunice Benedicto, Durham University Business School

During an MBA you will experience conflicting demands, but how you handle that is all part of the programme. Eunice Benedicto advises students to be willing to compromise and let go of non-mandatory sessions to achieve the work-life balance 

Stephen Garden, London Business School

Following an exciting trip to Hong Kong Stephen Garden has returned to the second part of his MBA programme at London Business School. He has found that the electives he is studying have been well worth the wait  

Lubica Valentova, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

With the first tem at business school under her belt, one MBA blogger is already looking forward to recommencing her studies 

Derek Laan, Sungkyunkwan - Kelley School of Business

Having completed the required elements of the MBA programmes, students then have the chance to choose electives – courses that they would like to study 

Mihai Danila, Insead

Studying for an MBA at a business school with twin campuses gives students the opportunity to experience the culture of another part of the world and is a reason that many students opt for a particular business school  

Stephen Garden, London Business School

A semester spent at another business school gives students fresh insights and different perspectives  

Stephen Garden, London Business School

Many business schools run semester-long exchange programmes such as the one London Business School runs with Haas at UC Berkeley 

Karenina Loayza, MBA Cass Business School

An MBA trip to China has been a highlight of the programme and fuelled one student’s curiousity to learn more about the country  

Mihai Danila, Insead

An MBA programme is an intense experience and many close friendships are formed.  

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

The spring break gives students the opportunity to take study tours overseas, witnessing at first hand how companies operate internationally  

Miguel Suarez, IE Business School

With graduation little more than a month away Miguel has no regrets about studying for an MBA 

Mehul Ruparelia, Indian School of Business

So it has been over six months since I packed up my life and came to India and the ISB. The point in time also marks halfway of my MBA which is a scary thought as it seems like only yesterday I arrived!


Thomas Gatley, Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management

The new semester starts today, with a lot to look forward to. Our remaining core courses include both global standard modules – corporate finance, marketing, operations management and strategic management – and some local flavour – Chinese economy in the world, the Chinese institutional environment & business law. 

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 

Cezanne Maherali, Insead

This period has been much harder than I expected in terms of workload.


Beth Bremner, HKUST

I must apologise for my week’s absence from the blogging. I wish I could say it was because I was on holiday or something equally as tempting. Unfortunately, it was because I was trying to swim in a sea of new subjects and electives.