“We embrace diversity”, says responsible for admissions at Insead

 Founded in 1957 by Harvard Business School investor and former professor   Georges Doriot and two other Harvard MBA graduates, Insead (French acronym for European Institute of Business Administration ) joined the rankings of the best MBAs in the world in 1999 In 2016, by the way, it overran the leader Harvard .

With campuses in Asia and the Middle East, in addition, of course, to Europe itself, the school whose slogan is none other than “ The Business School for the World”  has an MBA lasting between ten and twelve months (different from the American model, whose options usually last two years). The admission process is similar to that of other business schools in the United States and Europe, and includes submitting essays and the GMAT exam . The exam's average grades are around 700 points, and other professional experiences are highly valued. In addition, the school requires mastery of English - although not all classes are taught in the English language - and at least one more language for admission.

In the class of undergraduate students in July of that year, Brazilians represent 4% of the total number of students. But what is expected of someone interested in Insead, in addition to technical skills? And what does the institution itself look for, in the selection stages? The school's assistant director of admissions, Anne Garat shared with  MBA House , exclusively for Estudar Fora , answers to these and other questions, to contribute to those who dream of having this experience in the curriculum!

From your experience working with Admissions at INSEAD, how do you perceive the competitiveness of Brazilian and Latin American candidates in general?

At Insead we embrace diversity. In the July 2019 MBA graduating class, there are 68 different nationalities. There is no dominant culture and this helps to create a global and collaborative environment. The Latin America club has the most dynamic students and is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their network.

Most MBA programs are accepting GMAT and GRE. How do you compare the two exams ?

We generally encourage applicants to take the GMAT, as this test is the only test designed for Business School students and has proven to be a strong indicator of the academic success of candidates enrolled in these institutions. However, prospective students who already have a valid GRE test can apply with it. Likewise, a GRE test is acceptable for prospective students who wish to follow the Dual Degree path.

In terms of profile, what do you look for in an MBA candidate?

The ideal candidate is a very complete person, with knowledge and skill in different areas, regardless of race, religion, gender, color or financial status. That's because our goal is to build a strong, vibrant and diverse class. We are looking for candidates who can show us that they are academically capable of following a one-year intensive program and that demonstrate leadership potential thanks to significant professional and personal achievements. Finally, we would like to understand if your mind is open and if the student is comfortable in a multicultural and diverse environment.

In your opinion, what is the effect of the MBA on the career of the Brazilian student, including in terms of employability? 

In 2017, we had 29 Brazilians in the program, 69% of whom decided to return to Brazil and 31 stayed abroad. In general, we have seen that Brazilian candidates want to stay in Europe, and this can be made easier if they also have a European passport. This change in geography also depends on the sector in which they intend to operate. Like most of our MBA students, Brazilians are interested in consulting, financial services, media, technology or other sectors, such as industry, healthcare or retail.

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