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Diversity in the European MBA Classroom: Video

By Pavel Kantorek

Updated July 5, 2019 Updated July 5, 2019

European MBA programs are renowned for the diversity of their MBA cohorts – particularly when it comes to international representation. INSEAD’s MBA cohort, for example, is 70% international and is comprised of 90 different nationalities, while the number one school in Europe according to the QS Global 200 rankings, London Business School, boasts an MBA classroom made up of 88% non-UK students,  from 65 different countries (the class, at 411 students,  is less than half the size of INSEAD’s 1024).

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This international diversity doesn’t just exist at very top. At IMD in Switzerland, 40 nationalities were represented in 2014’s graduating class (comprised of only 90 students). On top of this, students spoke an average of four languages and 96% had lived or worked outside of their home country for six months or more. Oxford Saïd Business School’s MBA class of 237 students, meanwhile, is 85% international, and belonged to 45 different nationalities.

Of course, diversity doesn’t just end with your country of origin. Jeroen Verhoeven, associate director of MBA admissions at Spain’s ESADE Business School, explains more, and also discusses the richness that diversity can bring to the MBA classroom in the video below…

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This article was originally published in May 2016 . It was last updated in July 2019

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Mansoor is a contributor to and former editor of TopMBA.com. He is a higher and business education specialist, who has been published in media outlets around the world. He studied English literature at BA and MA level and has a background in consumer journalism.


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