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In 2010, the Financial Times surveyed approximately 42,000 business school alumni worldwide. Of the 17,000 who responded, almost half studied at European business schools. While most were of European origin, many moved between countries both during and after their degree.
The graduates from European business schools included 134 nationalities. A little more than three-quarters were European, with more from France than any other country (27.4 per cent). The next-biggest groups were British (6.5 per cent) and German (6 per cent). The large French contingent is explained partially by the number of French schools in the masters in management ranking. The largest groups of non-Europeans were from India and China – 3.2 per cent and 2.8 per cent, respectively.
Data on where alumni were living before their programme, on graduation and three years later show the differing extent of mobility between programmes. Overall, 45 per cent of students moved between countries at least once during the period. Before starting their programme, 75 per cent of executive MBA alumni were living in their country of origin. The figure stays more or less constant after graduation and three years later. MBA alumni, in contrast, were the most likely to live overseas – 30 per cent were overseas before their MBA. This swells to half by graduation, before dipping to 45 per cent three years later.
Mobility does not necessarily equate to a move overseas. Seven per cent of alumni returned to their country of origin between starting their degree and graduation. A further 12 per cent moved home three years after graduation.