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“The biggest advantage I saw was the opportunity to analyse case studies from businesses outside the US. Since most of the case studies used in north American business schools all pretty much come from the same source, it was great to get a larger world perspective on business models and operating systems.” – Patrick Shandonay, graduate of an executive education programme at Esade

“Based on 35 years of setting up and running businesses in Europe and Asia, I would suggest that anyone studying business should have three legs to their faculty/school choice: one leg must in Europe and/or North America, another leg in South America or Africa, and the final leg in Asia (either China or India). Why? In order to develop successful high-growth businesses, you will need to understand how to scale and meet the needs of several major regional markets.”

Michael Cross, non-executive chairman of Rezatec

“Given the choice I’d study in Europe again in a heartbeat. It was one of the best decisions, although at the end of the programme I ended up accepting a position in the US. Why? I made great connections, got a great return on the time and money I spent plus I gained confidence that I could adapt and thrive in a variety of situations.”

Sheila Torrico, management consultant and MBA graduate of Iese Business School (including an exchange trip to RSM)

“Despite starting my study just weeks before Bear Stearns collapsed, I’d study in Europe again in a heartbeat. Between the connections made and the value for time (and money), I’ve managed to create my dream company – investing in and supporting social tech ventures, for which London is most definitely the place to be.”

Glen Mehn, partner at Bethnal Green Ventures, managing director at Social Innovation Camp, and University of Oxford Saïd Business School MBA graduate

“Since my graduation from a London-based business school, I have had the chance to work in Asia. The reputation of UK business schools is very strong in Asia, either because of the many European expats working in the region or because local talent chose to study in the UK.”

Swen Werner

The MBA is a US concoction – in Europe only @LBS can hold its own.

Moaad Taufik @Raufers



Take part in the FT MBA Quiz

Teams of MBA students and alumni can pit their wits against each other in a quiz at the FT’s London offices.

Compered by FT management editor Andrew Hill, the contest on February 24 2015 will test teams’ knowledge of business and raise money for the International Rescue Committee, the humanitarian charity and FT seasonal charity appeal partner. The event – won last year by the team from Imperial College Business School – will also mark the launch of the annual FT MBA Challenge, in which students can apply their new skills to help the charity.

For more details and to enter a team, see ft.com/mba-quiz

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