The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)’s annual Study in India competition offers international MBA aspirants a chance to visit three business schools in India, to learn about the education facilities, student life and culture.
How to Enter [email protected] Contest
Go to StudyinIndia website hosted by GMAC. You will find [email protected] contest’s Participate Now button at the bottom of the page with the information that the top three responses will win free round trip tickets to explore any three Indian B-school of their choice.
Pressing the button will take you to another page for filling up personal information including the full name, email address, mobile number, country, years of work experience with a drop-down box giving various options including nil experience to 1-3 years, 3-7 years, more than 7 years.
The next is the Intended study program that lists Undergraduate/equivalent, MBA/equivalent, PhD/equivalent and Executive MBA/equivalent. Next is the intended year of commencing the program with the options of 2020, 2021, 2022 and undecided.
GMAC says the number of people participating in the competition has been going up. This year, 3200 plus MBA aspirants belonging to 28 nationalities had taken part and four emerged the final winners.
B-Schools Participating in ‘Study in India’
Since the year 2017, GMAC has been organising the ‘Study in India’ initiative in partnership with business schools. At present, 14 Indian business schools are part of the initiative in allowing MBA aspirants across the world to visit their campuses, get a feel of the facilities and decide on pursuing management education in the country.
The B-schools are the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, Indian School of Business (ISB), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), International Management Institute (IMI), SPJIMR, Xavier University Bhubaneshwar, TAPMI, Goa Institute of Management, IFIM Business School, ISBR Business School, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, NMIMS, SDA Bocconi Asia Center and Universal Business School.
What Makes India an MBA Destination
India being one of the fastest-growing economies of the world, offers plenty of opportunities by way of higher education, especially for candidates across South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
It has prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) offering a variety of long-term and short-term management programs. Some of them have started granting MBA degree certificates instead of diplomas for their one-year full-time programs (for professionals with work experience) as well as two-year programs that admit fresh graduates.
A large number of private schools also offer a wide range of management programs like ISB, SPJIMR, XLRI and several others.
As an emerging economy, India offers good job opportunities for those with professional qualifications. Some of the cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad has got plenty of start-ups while others like Chennai are home to major automobile manufacturers and ancillary units.
According to BusinessBecause, more than 47,000 international students from 164 countries have found India to be their study destination with 3% of them having joined MBA programs.
GMAC Study in India Competition winners Voices
Mohammed Nabil Hammad from Egypt says after his graduation in Engineering, he worked for four years and decided to acquire business management skills. He finds India to be an economic power with a good environment for startups.
After GMAC informed him that he was among the competition winners, he did an internet search of B-schools and selected SPJIMR, Mumbai, ISB, Hyderabad and ISBR Business School, Bangalore. He was also able to secure his visa within one day.
About the schools, he says every campus has a different feeling. “At SP Jain, you feel like you are in the heart of the city. At ISBR, they have their own student lifestyle which feels like one big family.”
Nada Tarek, also from Egypt, said she has a diploma in Human Resource Development but found it difficult to find employment in her home country. She chose India for its stable economy and reputed education facilities.
“I liked Great Lakes, same with IMI. They provided me with facilities to apply for a work visa. I love the well-organised campus and like the way they interact with students,” she says.
Ishka Shriram, a B.Tech in Marketing from Durban, South Africa says she chose the Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, ISBR in Bangalore and NMIMS in Mumbai.
The selection was based on the schools’ proximity to industries in her field of interest. She says it allowed her to understand the scope for career advancement and internship opportunities if she enrolled for an MBA program.
She said she was also impressed by the career-focused curriculum of the Indian schools and the country itself being constantly at the forefront of innovation.
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