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Class of 2020 Gets Underway at ESADE With 97% International Students

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The full-time MBA at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain is ranked by Financial Times as number 1 MBA for women in Europe, 2nd for Salary increase in Europe and 4th in international course experience in the world for the year 2018.

ESADE allows full-time MBA students a choice of three formats ranging from an accelerated 12 month, 15 months and 18 months. Since the final course length decision is taken only at the end of Term 3, around April-May, all the students start the program and graduate together, besides mandatorily completing the same number of credits.

It lays emphasis on the 4 ‘C’ s. The first is Collaborative Leadership that underpins global business today, transcending cultural boundaries. The  Second is Critical Thinking needed to develop the readiness to question everything in pursuit of innovative and relevant solutions to emerging threats and opportunities.

The Class of 2020 that began classes in September has 187 students, with the gender ratio of 30% female and 70% male.

With 97% international students, 51 nationalities find representation in the class. Their average age is 29 and they have an average work experience of 6 years.

Sector-wise, 50% of students are from Industrial & General Services, 20% Financial Services, 16% Consulting, 9% Technology and 5% Others.

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By functional area, 24% of them are from Marketing & Sales, 20% Finance, 17% General Management, 15% Operations & Logistics, 8% Information Systems, 5% Consulting and 11% Others.

In the academic background, the break-up is 48% in Economics & Management, 30% Engineering, 5% each in Law and Humanities & Social Sciences. Science & Healthcare, Arts and Others complete the list at 4% each.

ESADE says the MBA this year is more innovative, more digital, more ground-breaking and more entrepreneurially-minded than ever before. “We are about training leaders that think differently, and that is ready to create new paths to success.”

It lays emphasis on the 4 ‘C’ s. The first is Collaborative Leadership that underpins global business today, transcending cultural boundaries. The  Second is Critical Thinking needed to develop the readiness to question everything in pursuit of innovative and relevant solutions to emerging threats and opportunities.

The third is Creativity, in honing the entrepreneurial mindset to redefine challenges, rewrite the rules and see opportunities where others find obstacles. The Fourth is Communication Skills, learning to align, mobilise, engage and persuade stakeholders, from key decision-makers to team members.

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