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Summit Provides Professional Networking Platform: MBA News

By Tim Dhoul

Updated September 5, 2019 Updated September 5, 2019

MBA students selected to take part in an international event focused on exchanging ideas, professional networking and recruitment have been notified.

The second MBA World Summit is taking place later this month (March 25 - 27) at Spain’s IESE Business School, an event that aims to bring together MBA students studying at business schools across the world in a collaborative environment. Up to 100 MBAs are expected to attend this year, chosen from an estimated 3,000 applications, involving an original essay and video interviews for shortlisted candidates.

International summit for MBA students launched in 2014

At the end of last year’s selection process, the first MBA World Summit – held in Hong Kong – was attended by 55 MBA students studying at business schools in 11 different countries and representing 26 different nationalities between them. This was an internationally diverse group then, but one that nonetheless reinforced the gender gap seen on many MBA programs, with a male to female ratio of 71% to 29%.

Resources at the MBA World Summit are centered on allowing the students to share ideas and provide professional networking opportunities – with recruiters from the event’s partners as well as fellow MBA students. Companies featured this year are Merck, Deutsche Bank, Bertelsmann, BASF, and Goodgame Studios.

Rotterdam School of Management MBA among those selected 

One MBA student who is looking forward to the professional networking opportunities at her disposal during the MBA World Summit 2015 is Anna Helena Juenemann from Rotterdam School of Management’s full-time MBA class of 2016:

“I look forward to meeting the other MBAs and building on ideas with these top-talented professionals to co-create strategies pertaining to the future of business. These MBAs will constitute a qualified network to support each other to take the best possible decisions in the business world,” said the Rotterdam School of Management student.

From which other schools might one expect to find students taking part in the event’s professional networking initiatives?

In terms of school representation, London Business School led the way at last year’s summit with 10 MBA students in attendance, ahead of Stanford GSB who sent nine. This year’s hosts, IESE, along with NUS Business School, both had five MBAs in attendance. Juenemann, meanwhile, will be the first student to attend from Rotterdam School of Management – indeed, those studying at European institutions made up just 20% of the total of those taking part in the Hong Kong event, even including London Business School’s contribution.

This article was originally published in March 2015 . It was last updated in September 2019

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Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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