MBA Programme 2011
One year to challenge your thinking, change your outlook and choose your future.
1. Welcome to INSEAD’s MBA 2. Classes of 2009 3. The learning experience 4. Unique learning environment 5. Faculty and research 6. Curriculum 7. The INSEAD difference 8. Key facts of 2010 classes 9. Your career 10. Life at INSEAD 11. Alumni network 12. Two of the fifty 13. Financing your MBA 14. Scholarships 15. What should I do now? 16. Frequently asked questions
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Welcome to INSEAD’s MBA
A life-changing experience: this is how many of the past participants describe the INSEAD MBA programme. It is also intense, challenging, exciting and takes place in what is probably the most diverse environment you will ever experience.
So why INSEAD? INSEAD has 145 faculty from more than 36 countries, who are an inspiring mix of thought leaders, change agents and innovators, many of whom have been globally recognised for their ground-breaking research and contribution to business. Faculty are based on both of our equal status campuses in Fontainebleau and Singapore, enabling them to give participants unique insights into the world of business in Europe and Asia. Diversity is at the heart of the INSEAD experience and each class is a fusion of more than 70 nationalities with no dominant culture: this creates an environment that fosters an enthusiasm for open-minded debate and an eagerness to engage in new ideas. This year we have hit yet another milestone: 34% of our December 2010 MBA class are women. The intense 10-month curriculum develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs with cross-cultural insights and creative problem-solving skills - leaders who generate value for their organisations and communities. Recent MBA graduates have gone on to work for over 300 different companies in more than 50 countries around the world facilitated by INSEAD’s relationship with the world’s leading recruiters. Jake Cohen Dean of the MBA Programme
As our graduates transition back to the professional world they benefit from another major advantage of INSEAD: our powerful alumni network. With over 40,000 members worldwide, living and working in over 160 countries across all continents, there is a breadth and depth to our network that is unmatched by any of INSEAD’s peer schools. An INSEAD MBA helps you to better understand and expand your world and provides you with a passport to help you successfully navigate the ever-changing landscape of international business. I would like to thank you for considering INSEAD for your MBA degree and look forward to meeting you on campus.
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Classes of 2009
The classes of 2009 were one of our most diverse MBA student groups ever, in terms of nationality, experience, education, gender and ambition.
The industries and professions they came from were also many and varied, but so were their post-MBA career choices. Many changed their country of work, sector or functional area completely, some changed all three, whilst others utilised their MBA as a springboard into positions in their own sector that they could only dream of before embarking on their MBA.
changed their country of work, sector or functional area
changed all three
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The learning experience
Faculty from all corners of the world lead discussions that will test, inspire and challenge your ideas, knowledge and concepts. The goal of professors at INSEAD is to bring out the best in each of you so that you can learn from each other’s experiences. Their objective is to put all these experiences together and provide a framework for you to take with you when you leave the class. There is no single preferred teaching method at INSEAD as faculty are free to choose the method they believe fits best with the content of the session and may include casestudies, computer simulations and role-playing. “To a large extent, teaching at INSEAD is based on active research and involvement in doctoral seminars, and active involvement with senior executives and executive education. This is a powerful and synergistic combination of theory and practice, and for me, the MBA classroom is where it comes together best. I suspect that at INSEAD learning occurs as much or more outside the classroom as inside. Our participants bring to campus globally diverse backgrounds and work experience and bright and curious minds. When combined with the structure of our curriculum, it makes INSEAD an intense and magnificent learning environment.” Subramanian Rangan Professor of Strategy and Management The Shell Fellow in Business and the Environment
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Group experience Central to INSEAD’s MBA experience is working together in groups. The primary objective of group work is to develop team building skills and collaborative working styles. Within your group you will also have the opportunity to explore different leadership preferences and hone your skills as a leader in a risk-free environment. When you arrive at INSEAD, you are assigned to a study group. Your group will be made up of fellow students from varied countries and professional backgrounds to make it as diverse as possible. You and your group will get to know each other very well during your time at INSEAD as you work on various projects. You will learn to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures, who may not always see things the way you do - in fact, you will likely have diverging opinions and perspectives. You will learn to share ideas, to question, to challenge, to negotiate, to encourage, to support and above all, to work together.
“In your first week, you are placed together with four or five other classmates in a group, and this group is yours for the next four months. All group work and group-generated grades come from this collaboration, so it is in your interest to create an effective team dynamic as soon as possible. Taking into account the personalities, the broad range of backgrounds and experiences, this is a test in itself!” Victoria Tott Class of July 2010 British
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Unique learning environment
With a diverse mixture of gender, race, ethnicity, age, work experience and interests at INSEAD you will engage with the ‘world’ every day. A senior faculty member at INSEAD summed it up like this: “I thought I knew what diversity was before I joined INSEAD, but once I got here, I realised I had never experienced anything like it before. INSEAD is like a small United Nations.”
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Campus exchange A unique and popular feature of an INSEAD MBA is our campus exchange programme. This is available to participants from Period 3 onwards and gives you the opportunity to spend at least one period (eight weeks) at the other campus. Some students may also choose to take advantage of the Wharton exchange for one period. The campus exchange is facilitated through an online bidding process which takes place during Period 1, approximately 6 weeks after the programme starts, when you will be asked to indicate your campus preferences for Period 3, Period 4 and Period 5. You can also bid for the Wharton exchange during this time. Approximately 70% of students take advantage of the campus exchange, spending time studying on both or sometimes all three campuses during their time at INSEAD.
“I chose INSEAD because the dual campus and everything that goes with it created a distinctive environment for learning. The atmosphere was similar to working at a multinational company, something that you would be hard-pressed to find at any other school. My experience in the classroom was equally diverse and did not fit any certain mould. Classes were at times formal and lecture-based while at other times they were open and participatory. What have I taken away from the MBA experience? A very large global network, including friends and alumni, that has created for me a support network that exists no matter where in the world I go. And this makes living abroad much easier!” Ben Kamarck Class of July ’09 American
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Faculty and research
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The cornerstone of what makes INSEAD different is our faculty. No other business school has a more diverse and engaged faculty body than ours.
Over the last 50 years, INSEAD has created a community grounded in entrepreneurship, with a ‘can do’ attitude in which 145 of some of the world’s best faculty thrive. INSEAD research and thought leadership is renowned for being both rigorous and relevant. INSEAD faculty are world leaders in key business disciplines such as Leadership, Strategy, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Organisational Behaviour and Finance. They have also authored countless books and research papers including international best sellers such as : ‘The Momentum Effect’ by JeanClaude Larréché; ‘Dance With Chance, Making Luck Work For You’ by Spyros Makridakis, Robin Hogarth and Anil Gaba (pictured left); ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne and ‘Humanitarian Logistics’ by Luk Van Wassenhove and Rolando Tomasini.
world-class faculty from 36 countries
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“I am a social psychologist by training, and I do experimental research on culture and negotiations. Given the amazing diversity that you see every day in the MBA classroom, INSEAD has always been an ideal place for someone like me to work. Students and faculty are constantly challenging each other to think deeply about important issues, to ask interesting questions, and to always see the world through a complex, multicultural lens.” William Maddux Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour
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“For the past fifteen years, I have been studying how firms develop their business portfolio by developing, acquiring, and reshuffling their resources. I share this knowledge in a holistic MBA course which integrates strategic, financial, organisational, and human perspectives to help MBAs learn how to identify, price, and integrate firms or specific resources through M&As, alliances or other corporate development tools.” Laurence Capron Professor of Strategy Research Director INSEAD-Wharton Alliance
Research passion, commitment for teaching excellence, and an enthusiastic inter-disciplinary approach to pedagogy led Professor Laurence Capron to receive the Dean’s commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching and to win the MBA Award for Best Teacher in 2008.
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The 10-month MBA programme includes five periods, each lasting eight weeks. At the conclusion of every period is an assessment (exam, essay or project) and a short break. The first half of the programme is built around 14 core courses, which provide you with a solid understanding of the key management disciplines including finance, accounting, marketing, operations, strategy, leadership and business ethics.
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Period Period Period Period Period Financial Accounting Financial Markets & Valuation Leading People & Groups Prices & Markets Uncertainty, Data & Judgement Corporate Financial Policy Elective Elective Elective Elective International Political Analysis Macroeconomics in the Global Economy Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Marketing Management Leading Organisations Managerial Accounting Process & Operations Management Strategy Business Ethics (P1-P3) Career orientation Job search strategies On and off campus recruitment Job search
January intake internship/break Opportunity to take advantage of the campus exchange
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During the second half of the programme, INSEAD offers you an unparalleled range of innovative electives, all taught from an international perspective. You can tailor the programme to meet your specific needs and career objectives by choosing 11 electives from
a selection of more than 75 courses (offered across both campuses). While some students prefer to concentrate on certain disciplines, such as entrepreneurship or strategy, others choose to take courses in a wider variety of subjects to prepare for a career in general management.
Examples of electives: Your First Hundred Days Role play a management buyout in an MBA team. After a preliminary session, expect the unexpected – from phone calls in the early hours to difficult journalists and union reps! Mergers & Acquisitions, Alliances & Corporate Strategy (MAACS) Advanced strategy, exploration of modes of corporate development including mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and divestiture. Learn frameworks and theories that will allow for a structured approach to M&A issues from initiation to implementation. Market Driving Strategies Achieve and sustain market leadership and profitable growth in competitive, fast-changing global markets – all through a simulated exercise. Value Creation in Corporate Restructuring (VCCR) Understand issues surrounding corporate restructuring and the financial management of distressed corporations. Answer what is, and what is not, value creation. Analyse reasons for potential success or failure of restructuring events and finally, how these schemes impact shareholder value.
Elective areas — Accounting & Control — Decision Sciences — Economics & Political Science — Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise — Finance — Marketing — Organisational Behaviour — Strategy — Technology & Operations Management — Other (courses in areas such as
Ethics and Communication).
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The INSEAD difference
Setting the global business agenda INSEAD has some of the world’s best faculty. They are all experts in their fields and are close to business; most have real-world, practical, hands-on experience of working with and consulting for global organisations. INSEAD is also one of the most prolific and successful creators of business cases amongst the global schools and recently swept the board by winning seven out of nine awards for case studies in the prestigious European Case Clearing House awards. Enriching the MBA programme While teaching has always been, and remains the number one priority for our faculty, we firmly believe that teaching and research go hand-inhand. That is why all INSEAD faculty both teach and conduct research. Global business practices are in a constant state of flux and research allows our faculty and students to be at the vanguard of business management practices. Faculty research greatly enhances the INSEAD MBA programme, enabling faculty to share the latest business innovations with participants through classroom debates and cases.
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Examples of INSEAD faculty research that is resetting the global business agenda include: INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) Created by INSEAD Professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, Blue Ocean Strategy focuses on making the competition irrelevant. Based upon around 150 cases spanning 100 years and more than 30 industries, it highlights ‘Blue Ocean strategic moves’ such as Cirque du Soleil and Yellow Tail wines. In addition to retrospective case studies, it includes theoretical approaches and practical tools to create and capture ‘blue oceans’. Kim and Mauborgne argue that tomorrow’s leading companies will succeed not by battling competitors, but by creating ‘blue oceans’ of uncontested market space ripe for growth.‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ the book, has sold more than two million copies and is being published in a record-breaking 42 languages.
Social Innovation Centre Social innovation at INSEAD is defined as the introduction of new business models and market based mechanisms that deliver sustainable economic, environmental and social prosperity and is taught at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. This centre brings together and enhances the academic expertise of a diverse group of leading INSEAD research teams in Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics, Healthcare Management, Humanitarian Research, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. Rudolf and Valeria Maag International Centre for Entrepreneurship (Maag ICE) INSEAD has the largest and one of the most reputed entrepreneurship faculty in the world. We offer the broadest range of entrepreneurship courses, rigorous and rich research on building ‘business in a global world’ and have one of the strongest entrepreneurship alumni networks in the world. The Maag centre is the catalyst for innovations at INSEAD in entrepreneurship teaching, research and outreach. We also support the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.
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Key facts of 2010 classes
women on INSEAD MBA programme in 2010
intakes a year
scholarship recipients average GMAT score
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average years work experience
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Asia /Asia Pacific Benelux Central / Eastern Europe France Germany India Latin America Middle East / Africa Nordic Countries North America Other Western Europe Southern Europe United Kingdom
average age of participants
English as a native language
Class diversity by nationality
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Employment markets continued to be highly impacted by the global recession in 2009. Despite the challenges, 86% of INSEAD MBA graduates found employment within three months of graduation. Our international reach continues to spread with graduates now joining more than 370+ companies in 60 countries, our highest number ever. 10 years ago, INSEAD founded its Singapore campus, and our development strategy in the region has resulted in 22% of graduates taking jobs in Asia Pacific. 44% of our graduates took industry positions around the globe – with high numbers in the consumer & luxury goods, healthcare and high-tech/telecommunications industries. Also for the first time, 4% of INSEAD MBA graduates took social impact positions immediately upon graduation, a testament to the increasing opportunities for graduates in the sector. Social media is playing an increasingly important role in the job search, and we have organised many practical sessions on using social networks such as LinkedIn. Treks continued to provide a fantastic opportunity for companies and participants to meet and a wide range of sector treks were on offer in 2009: investment banking, media and hightech, private equity, consumer & luxury goods, real estate and energy. Further regional treks took participants to Japan, Ghana, Korea, India, Brazil and Switzerland.
Geographic location post graduation Africa/Near/Middle East Asia Pacific Central/Eastern Europe Latin America North America Northern Europe Southern Europe Western Europe
Consulting Financial Services Advertising/Publishing Construction Consumer & Luxury Goods Corporate Services Energy & Petroleum Healthcare High-Tech / Telecommunications Manufacturing Media & Entertainment Social Impact Primary Industries Transportation Travel/Leisure Services
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“INSEAD’s work hard, play hard mentality enables students to enjoy the perfect balance between schoolwork, job search, club activities, social events and traveling. The only thing you give up is sleeping… It also facilitates an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competition, which is often prevalent in other business schools. INSEADers are extremely driven and ambitious individuals, yet they know how to have fun and acknowledge that sometimes you do not need to take yourself so seriously. I really enjoyed the strong emphasis on teamwork. Throughout my year at INSEAD I participated in approximately 15 different work groups, collaborating closely with more than 40 other students from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. What people often don’t realise is that the staff population is equally diverse, another factor which makes the INSEAD learning experience so unique.” Amir Segall Class of July ’09 Israeli Pre-INSEAD: Team Leader, Shaldor LTD, Israel Post-INSEAD: Transversal Projects Manager, Shiseido, France
“So much of the learning at INSEAD takes place beyond the classroom, whether it is an elective in the BRIC countries, or on a two-week long real-time business simulation, or when we were asked to implement what we have just learned in class in the real world as we do in our negotiations class. The other unique aspect I found is the school’s geographical location – with Europe and Southeast Asia at our doorstep, we were so lucky to be exposed to so many new cultures and traditions. The key INSEAD takeaway for me is the sense of confidence that I can achieve whatever I want to. I now have an internationally recognised, geographically mobile qualification that allows me to pivot my career in almost any direction I choose. I am only now realising how much more I can do because of my INSEAD MBA! And with access to the world-wide INSEAD network, of which I am now a member, I am finding that it is much easier to get advice from fellow alums, draw on their experience, probe into new opportunities and help push my career forward in ways that I simply could not have done before.” Rachna Chowla Class of December ’09 British Pre-INSEAD: General Practitioner, Medicine, UK Post-INSEAD: Product Manager, Astra Zeneca, Italy
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Life at INSEAD
Life at INSEAD, whether inside or outside of the classroom, is stimulating and intense. Although the pace of the programme is fast and participants have a schedule that is full with classes, group work and personal study time, life doesn’t stop when study is done for the day. Both campuses have a strong work hard, play hard ethic and participants indulge in a wide variety of extracurricular and social activities. Life on campus is rich and varied. You could join one of the several career-oriented clubs such as Consulting, Private Equity, Energy or Women in Business, and network in a sector or industry in which you plan to pursue your career. If you have a talent for sports, perhaps you will represent INSEAD in inter-school matches. MBA participants also pursue an intense programme of social and leisure activities off-campus.
However you decide to spend your time, most likely, you will look back on your year at INSEAD as the best year of your life. Partners and families INSEAD is a real melting pot of cultures and languages so this is a great year for partners to meet new people, to broaden their horizons and even pick up a new language. With over 30% of the MBA participants coming to INSEAD with their partners, the partners have a very active life on campus. The INSEAD community is extremely childfriendly and both campuses offer play rooms for the babies and toddlers who are an integral part of the community.With a free run of the campuses, the children and their parents contribute to making the INSEAD experience an unforgettable one.
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“Bringing a newborn baby with me when I began INSEAD’s programme was both physically and mentally challenging. Looking back, I do not feel that I would have survived without the tremendous support that I received both from my family and INSEAD’s administration and the encouragement of my classmates. It was also very helpful to have an on-campus play room where I could feed my son in comfort and meet with other MBA students and partners who also had young children. In fact, my son enjoyed his own ‘little INSEAD’ experience by meeting and playing with other babies from diverse backgrounds!” Ayako Tokuyama Class of July 2010 Japanese
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MBA Alumni INSEAD Alumni
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Our alumni live and work in over 160 countries across all continents. The INSEAD Alumni Association (IAA) brings together an active network of 43 national associations. The advice and encouragement that flows between INSEAD alumni is a very important tool in building business throughout the world.
Key: Campuses Research Centre Alumni Networks (>100 Alumni) Alumni Networks (>10 Alumni) Office MBA alumni in 118 countries, all alumni in 160+
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Two of the Network fifty
To celebrate INSEAD’s 50th Anniversary, during 2010 we honored the ‘50 alumni who changed the world’. This diverse group of leaders from around the world shared how their experience at INSEAD impacted their career, what motivates them to achieve success and why strong leadership is essential in business today. With over 20 years of investment and advisory experience helping start-up businesses, Julie is the founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, managing partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country, cofounder of First Tuesday, BBC Online Dragon’s Den dragon and weekly columnist in London’s City A.M. Born in the US, Julie was an English Literature major and began her career in high-tech marketing and spent the early days of her career working in both Boston and Paris. Julie admits that INSEAD was a ‘big awakening’ and it was here that she started to understand where her strengths and weaknesses lay. “INSEAD rounded out my skills and gave me a great deal of confidence. Suddenly I was part of a ‘pack’ of like-minded people who were now all in my global network.” “I look back on my decision to go to INSEAD and see how it started this long journey of being comfortable in the white spaces, building order into chaos, working with imperfect information and building relationships wherever I go. I was brought up to not be a quitter. I have always been a real fighter and have always lived by the mantra, ‘never give up; never accept no and never go away.’ ” Julie’s passion and entrepreneurial flair has earned her awards as Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’ and a place in the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe.’ Julie Meyer, MBA ’97D American Founder and CEO, Ariadne Capital Ltd
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“INSEAD was a great insight into excellent teamwork and camaraderie and prepared me for many real-life negotiations I would encounter in my career.” It was the diversity of the participants that struck Alan when he arrived at INSEAD. “Their different backgrounds and cultures and the way they looked at problems from a different angle gave me a good perspective of the different views to a problem. It also provided me with a global network of contacts.” Alan recalls the strategy games for Market Strategy and International Finance as a particularly exciting part of his time at INSEAD.“We used to take different roles and work all weekend simulating our plans and submitting our inputs on Sunday evenings”. Alan went back to the Civil Service when he completed his MBA and remained there for 24 years, holding senior appointments such as Deputy Secretary of the Foreign Ministry and Permanent Secretary of the Transport Ministry.
“The INSEAD experience gave me the confidence to examine issues from an economic and business perspective which helped me considerably when I was appointed to the boards of several government linked companies such like DBS Bank (Development Bank of Singapore) and PSA (Port of Singapore Authority).” Alan’s experiences with these government linked organisations helped his transition into the commercial world in July 2002, when he was appointed the Group President of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Alan Heng Loon Chan, MBA ’83D Singaporean CEO of Singapore Press Holdings Chairman of the Corporate Governance Council of Singapore
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Financing your MBA
Admission to INSEAD is based on merit alone, and your financial situation will not be taken into account when your application for admission is considered. The MBA Financing office will strive to guide you on how to meet your financing needs for the programme. Ultimately, our goal is that no qualified candidates walk away from INSEAD because they cannot afford it.
There are a number of scholarships available through INSEAD, amounting to €2.2 million in 2010. In recent years, approximately 200 participants received these awards per year. Scholarships are granted according to various criteria; the two basic categories of scholarships are need-based and merit-based. Scholarships are very important to INSEAD as an institution as they allow us to continue to enhance our diversity and to enroll outstanding candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Some examples are: Women Forté Foundation The Forté Foundation’s mission is to substantially grow the number of women business owners and leaders by increasing the flow of women into key educational gateways and business networks. As part of its association with the Forté Foundation, INSEAD awards two fellowships per year to outstanding women admitted to the MBA programme. Emerging Markets Syngenta Syngenta is particularly committed to the dynamic emerging market regions. Therefore, Syngenta scholarships are for future leaders from emerging countries who require financial assistance. Innovation Eli Lilly and Company The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage international diversity and innovative thinking at INSEAD. The Eli Lilly scholarships are awarded to candidates from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central and South America, Turkey and Canada. L’Oréal L’Oréal funds scholarships with the explicit purpose of fostering creativity, diversity and an entrepreneurial spirit. Students of any nationality who demonstrate these qualities may apply for this award. Academic Merit Louis and Evelyn Franck Endowed Award for Excellence Based on the quality of admission applications one award will be made per intake to one of the most outstanding participants (as determined by the school). Entrepreneurship Marguerre Endowed Scholarship(s) for Entrepreneurial Talent Alumnus Wolfgang Marguerre MBA ’72, Chairman and Founder of Octopharma AG, has endowed scholarships for candidates from the new European Union countries and Russia with proven entrepreneurial talent.
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“I was admitted to the MBA programme at the height of the current financial crisis, which meant that my savings had taken a severe hit and my startup company wasn’t in the best of shape to say the least. The fact that I couldn’t find a single source of MBA loans willing to finance an Iraqi meant that a scholarship was my only hope for funding. Consequently, receiving the Theo Vermaelen Scholarship was crucial for me to be able to attend INSEAD. Furthermore, the fact that INSEAD has a scholarship dedicated to Iraqis emphasised the school’s commitment to international diversity, and its desire to bring Iraqis into this community, which I hugely appreciate.” Faris Al-Rifai Class of July 2010 Iraqi INSEAD Theo Vermaelen Scholarship Recipient “As an entrepreneur, I self-funded the cost of the MBA. While I believe that the INSEAD tuition is an excellent investment in my future, the scholarship I received significantly cushioned the financial burden. This is an important consideration for students who plan to embark on an entrepreneurial career after INSEAD. Entrepreneurship tends to be a lower-paying career track in the beginning compared to a corporate career, so it is important not to have too stringent obligations from student loans. INSEAD’s generous scholarships help free up funds that allow students to pursue their ambitions and start out on their own.” Kristina Vetter Class of July 2010 German INSEAD Admiral Scholarship Recipient
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What should I do now?
If you would like to come and meet us Pursuing an MBA is a life changing decision and we strongly encourage you to visit INSEAD where you can attend an informal information session and receive a tour of campus (most Fridays from 2pm in Fontainebleau and Mondays and Fridays from 2 pm in Singapore). Whenever possible, visitors will then be invited to attend an INSEAD class from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. You can learn more about our on-campus visits at: http://mba.insead.edu/campuses For more information or to schedule a visit, contact us at: [email protected]
You can also join us for in-house events which take place throughout the year. Here you will be able to participate in a master class led by a faculty member and also learn more about the programme from INSEAD marketing and admission representatives and current students. If you wish to attend an in-house event, you can register on-line at: http://mba.insead.edu/events/in_house.cfm If you want to meet us close to you If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. Throughout the year, we host and attend MBA events worldwide. Join us at one of these events to learn more about the INSEAD MBA programme and admissions process, and to meet INSEAD alumni. Learn more at: http://mba.insead.edu/form/mba_events.cfm If you want to apply There are no hard and fast rules as to when is the right time to apply. Some applicants apply after five or more years of work experience, whilst others after just two years of experience. In general, applicants will have demonstrated solid achievements and dynamic career progression. Ultimately, you will know when you are ready to take this next step in your professional and personal development. INSEAD admits two classes per year, each comprising nearly 500 students; around 300 participants start on the Europe campus in Fontainebleau, France, and 200 participants start on the Asia campus in Singapore. The application to join the INSEAD MBA programme can be found online at: http://mba.insead.edu/admissions/apply_ online.cfm
Admissions criteria Academic capacity Ability to contribute International motivation Leadership potential
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Frequently asked questions
What are the application deadlines? We operate a staged admissions process involving three rounds for both the September and January intakes. You may apply at any round, depending on when you have your complete application pack ready. While competition for each round is relatively equal, the earlier you gain admission, the more time you have to secure financing and arrange logistics related to the programme. Whenever you apply, please make sure that you submit a complete well-prepared application pack, including all supporting documents by the deadline. Deadlines September 2011 intake (Class of July 2012) 1st round: 2nd round: 3rd round: 29 September 2010 01 December 2010 09 March 2011 What is the difference between the September and January intakes? Both the September and January intakes are identical academically, although the January intake includes an eight-week summer break, giving you the option to pursue an internship. What is the language policy? English is the language of instruction at INSEAD. You need to be fluent in English to apply to the programme. If English is your native language, you must provide proof of an intermediate ability in another language prior to commencing the programme. You must have a basic knowledge of a third commercially useful language in order to graduate from the programme. For more information on the language policy, visit: http://mba.insead.edu/admissions/languages.cfm Why does INSEAD have a language policy? At INSEAD, we believe strongly in the importance of an international outlook. The ability to communicate in more than one language will give you a competitive advantage in the global marketplace and enable you to work effectively across multiple cultures. What are the tuition fees? Tuition fees for the September 2010 and January 2011 entries amount to €52,000. Do you have a non-discrimination policy? INSEAD is committed to the value of diversity as a source of learning and enrichment. In keeping with this principle, INSEAD does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, or disability in the admission to, treatment in, or employment in its programmes and activities.
January 2012 intake (Class of December 2012) 1st round: 2nd round: 3rd round: 30 March 2011 15 June 2011 03 August 2011
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