2009 INSEAD MBA Admissions Chat with Cassandra Pittman

2009 INSEAD MBA Admissions Chat with Cassandra Pittman

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Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 11:59:26 AM)
Hello. My name is Linda Abraham. I am the founder of Accepted.com and the moderator of today’s chat. First I want to welcome all applicants to the INSEAD chat today, and I want to congratulate you for taking the time to learn more about INSEAD. To make a sound application decision and get accepted at the school of your choice, you need to know as much as you can about the schools you are applying to. Being here today allows you to ask the experts about this outstanding business school.

I also want to welcome Cassandra Pittman, Assistant Director of Marketing for INSEAD’s North American Office, and Patrick Parker, Assistant Director of Marketing, MBA & Executive MBA Programmes.

Thanks to everyone for joining.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 11:59:53 AM)
Thank you Linda. It’s great to be here.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:00:11 PM)
I would like to take advantage of my position as host and ask the first questions:
Cassandra, you are INSEAD's representative in the Western Hemisphere. Why did INSEAD set up a North American office?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:01:09 PM)
Great question Linda. Thanks.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:01:15 PM)
Patrick, do you prefer "Pat" or "Patrick"?

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:01:24 PM)
Glad you like it, Cassandra.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:01:27 PM)
Thanks Linda, Patrick is great.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:01:36 PM)
OK. Patrick, what is new at INSEAD?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:02:12 PM)
Let me see - we have just had our new September intake of MBA's. Of course we have a new Dean - Jake Cohen.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:02:51 PM)
Linda, the decision to open a North America office was really driven by our Dean, Frank Brown. After many conversations with our alumni, corporate partners and other stakeholders, it became clear that there was a desire to promote the INSEAD name more effectively in the Americas. That is the aim and remit of the office.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:03:04 PM)
He's the subject of one of my other questions, Patrick. Cassandra, what is different about representing INSEAD here?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:03:47 PM)
BTW - I just noticed that Patrick referred to our new Dean, Jake Cohen and I referred to our Dean, Frank Brown. Just to be clear: Frank Brown is the Dean of INSEAD. Jake Cohen is the Dean of the INSEAD MBA Programme.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:03:48 PM)
Patrick, Is Dean Cohen planning any changes? Has he made any?

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:04:05 PM)
Cassandra, thanks for clarifying.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:04:23 PM)
Linda, not as of yet since this is very recent.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:04:27 PM)
It’s your turn now. Please post your questions.

Gayatri (Sep 11, 2008 12:05:25 PM)
Patrick: Hi, I am interested in the difference between the September 2009 vs. January 2010 program, especially with respect to internship? Is internship  only for the January program?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:05:54 PM)
Gayatri, it is easier to do an internship in January, yes. But if you wanted to go into Investment banking then we would insist you do an internship after the MBA.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:06:48 PM)
Given the importance of internships in finding permanent positions, are career changers at a disadvantage at INSEAD?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:06:48 PM)
Linda, being based here allows us to interact more regularly with our stakeholders and the media, particularly when it comes to in-person contact. It also helps our goals in regards to sustainability. I used to take several flights per year to and from the Americas. Being based in New York has allowed me to substantially reduce my carbon footprint, which is a great bonus!

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:07:04 PM)
Gayatri, September = 10 months January = 12, with a break or internship, etc.

EuroMBA (Sep 11, 2008 12:07:29 PM)
Cassandra: Is INSEAD seeing a rise in applicants this year compared to previous years?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:07:50 PM)
EuroMBA, absolutely. Applications are up across the board.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:08:04 PM)
For more on Jake - http://www.insead.edu/discover_insead/Newsroom/2008_cohen.cfm .

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:08:14 PM)
And as a follow-up question to EuroMBA, How did application volume for your January 09 intake compare to the January intake last year?

ACraig (Sep 11, 2008 12:09:02 PM)
Cassandra: I am an American businesswoman with an eye toward having an international role at my future company. What are the pros and cons of having an MBA from an international institution vs. an American University?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:09:19 PM)
Linda, applications are as strong as ever, but we don't talk about numbers of applicants - we want you to come for the right reasons - not based on chances.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:09:40 PM)
Patrick: What percentage of the student body consists of career changers?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:10:05 PM)
Linda, we don't disclose exact applicant numbers, but we did see a significant rise in application volume from 08 to 09 (and from 07 to 08). This is consistent with the overall MBA market. GMAT volume has also seen a significant rise.

EuroMBA (Sep 11, 2008 12:10:28 PM)
Cassandra: Are most of the internships for the January intake in Investment Banking? Is it easier to get internships in consulting for the January intake?

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:11:31 PM)
Patrick, What does INSEAD offer applicants interested in entrepreneurship?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:12:58 PM)
ACraig - thanks for your question. I'd encourage you to think about it a little differently: We don't see it as American vs. Foreign schools (and neither do recruiters). I'd encourage you to evaluate the quality of the institution - will you receive a world class business education, the value of the network - will you meet people who challenge you to be your best and who will provide you with a network which helps you to achieve your goals, and where your target companies are recruiting.

ACraig (Sep 11, 2008 12:14:03 PM)
Thank you for the response!

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:14:53 PM)
EuroMBA: You can get internships in virtually every field over the summer. It is more common for those interested in Investment Banking to do internships, only because Investments Banks tend to require internships for full time recruitment. Students in our September intake who are interested in entering Investment Banking often do an internship with a bank the summer after they graduate.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:15:09 PM)
Cassandra: How is recruiting looking lately - that is, more recently than the last publication on the website? I have heard there are less finance jobs available; so what sort of effect does that have on recruiting generally?

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:15:55 PM)
Patrick, can you please shed light on the difference in academics between the Singapore and France campus?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:15:59 PM)
EuroMA: You can find more info about our internship and recruitment stats here: http://www.insead.edu/mba/meet_us/download_center.cfm

Gayatri (Sep 11, 2008 12:16:10 PM)
Cassandra: How big of a factor is age; I will be 34 at Jan 2010. Will INSEAD very strict for older applicants?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:17:30 PM)
Linda, I'll get back to the initial question in a minute - For entrepreneurship, there are, of course, the electives and then going on from that there is the S E club and our research centre - http://www.insead.edu/facultyresearch/centres/social_entrepreneurship/

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:18:24 PM)
Holly: It is true that the investment banks are recruiting as aggressively as they have been over the last few years, especially in New York and more recently in London. However, the Asian and Middle Eastern financial markets remain strong, so many of our graduates who are interested in finance are finding opportunities in those regions. Other recruiting remains remarkably strong. We certainly have not seen any decrease in interest from consulting and industry.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:18:37 PM)
NYC - there is no difference in the sense that the 150 faculty work on both campuses, coming from 33 different countries.

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:18:45 PM)
Cassandra: What are the most popular electives? Is there a lottery system for the classes?

Gayatri (Sep 11, 2008 12:18:56 PM)
Patrick: Will there be any events in India, Mumbai? I am very interested to explore INSEAD. Thanks.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:19:48 PM)
Gayatri - we don't consider age in the Admissions process. Instead, we look at the quality and quantity of your work experience. So, age is not a factor at all.

ACraig (Sep 11, 2008 12:20:07 PM)
Cassandra: Does INSEAD offer dual-degree programs such as a JD/MBA or equivalent?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:21:34 PM)
Gayatri - not just yet, but go to the following link for events and to register http://www.insead.edu/mba/meet_us/form/brochure_event.cfm?clicked=mai

EuroMBA (Sep 11, 2008 12:21:43 PM)
Patrick: I am interested in working in Dubai post-MBA and I am glad that INSEAD is building a strong presence in the UAE. Do you have information on what industries/companies in the UAE hire INSEAD MBAs?. Is the career services office doing more to attract employers in that region?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:21:52 PM)
NYC: There is a bidding system for electives, which ensures that everyone is sure to get the electives they most want to take. It’s hard to say which ones are most popular; With more than 900 students a year, across two campuses, we have several incredibly popular electives!! You can find more details here: http://www.insead.edu/mba/learning_at_insead/elective_details.cfm

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:22:06 PM)
AVraig: INSEAD does not offer dual degrees.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:22:35 PM)
Cassandra, INSEAD used to have a maximum age of 35, has it done away with that limitation?

spice (Sep 11, 2008 12:22:42 PM)
Good day all....a little late from here!

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:22:46 PM)
Thanks for coming.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:24:24 PM)
EuroMBA - We had a career fair on campus yesterday with presence from M E companies for example - Banking. We also have our research centre in Abu Dhabi to understand better and explore the region for research. We also have teams go out for corporate visits.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:24:41 PM)
Patrick: approximately how large are the various core classes; do students take their core classes with the same group of students?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:24:43 PM)
Linda: To be honest, I wasn't aware that INSEAD ever had an age limit. I've been with INSEAD for 3 years and we haven't had it in that time. However, we do encourage candidates who have 10+ years of work experience to consider whether they might get more value from our Executive MBA, in which they would learn with a peer group with similar levels of experience.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:25:02 PM)
Cassandra: what role do the alumni interviews play in admissions? Is it mostly a fit / personality assessment?

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:25:11 PM)
Thanks Cassandra.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:26:53 PM)
Holly: The alumni interviews play a critical part in our admission process. First, alumni interviews are required for admission. Fit is certainly part of what the interviews are effective at gauging, but they also allow us to drill down into various aspects of your application, such as your leadership potential and international motivation.

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:27:02 PM)
Cassandra: How do the international language courses work? Are they in 5 period modules? Can you take multiple classes?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:27:51 PM)
Holly - class sizes tend to be 65 to 70 and electives 15 to 60 depending on the subject. Core is together in the same picked groups for the 1st  2 periods.

spice (Sep 11, 2008 12:28:00 PM)
Patrick: with a score of 95 for TOEFL, could I be accepted at the EMBA program or I better take it again?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:29:03 PM)
INSEAD doesn’t offer language courses per se. However, we do partner with language schools in France and Singapore where you can take classes in order to fulfill the language requirement. However you are not obligated to take their courses - you can learn your third language wherever and with whomever you choose. The language schools we partner with offer several options for course times and lengths.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:30:28 PM)
Linda, percent of career changers is approximately 65% in either section function or geography and 35% for all three.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:32:26 PM)
Spice - minimum score for TOEFL is 105 for the MBA and it can be waived for the EMBA if you prove to be working in an English speaking country, etc. The reason being, for the EMBA is that you will have sufficiently more work experience - 7 to 15 years.

Gayatri (Sep 11, 2008 12:35:19 PM)
Cassandra: My engineering school teaches exclusively in English. My question is how do I prove it? Is the fact that transcripts are in English enough, or do I need to get a letter from my school?

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:35:39 PM)
Patrick: What percent of applicants are invited for interviews?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:36:05 PM)
Gayatri: It’s likely that we know the school, but I would get a letter if you can just to be on the safe side.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:36:24 PM)
Cassandra: Are there any interesting recent trends in applicants- for example, up- or downticks in applicants from certain countries or regions, industries, male/female, age, etc.?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:37:40 PM)
NYC - again, following up from what Cassandra mentioned, we cannot disclose this info. To an extent, there is a natural filtering system as the admissions process is rigorous and if you have a very well prepared and strong application, then you have made a step in the right direction.

S7 (Sep 11, 2008 12:37:46 PM)
Patrick: I read that the number of interview invitations at INSEAD stays constant regardless of application volume. Is this correct?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:38:47 PM)
Holly: Our percentage of female enrollment has more than doubled in the last 5 years, which is a very exciting trend! It is 29% in the current class. Apart from applications being up across the board, we've also seen significant growth from Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and the Americas.

EuroMBA (Sep 11, 2008 12:39:06 PM)
Cassandra: How does the study group system work at INSEAD? What kinds of projects do study groups work on?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:40:28 PM)
S7 - They are constant as there are only 900 places per year available and changes ever so slightly.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:40:33 PM)
Patrick: with respect to the entry language requirement, when is it possible to arrange to take the test on campus - at any time or only at certain times?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:41:33 PM)
EurMBA: The first difference you'll note about the study groups at INSEAD is the diversity. Study groups are comprised of approx 5 students, from 5 completely different professional backgrounds, and 5 completely different parts of the world. In fact, we will never have more than one person of the same nationality, and never more than 2 people with the same mother tongue in any study group. The groups work together throughout the core curriculum to produce work as a group, which is graded as a group.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:41:40 PM)
Cassandra: do admissions committee members and staff follow the chatter on internet message boards (like Business Week) or blogs?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:42:02 PM)
Holly: We try! It can be difficult to keep up sometimes...

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:42:13 PM)
Cassandra: Are there any good golf courses near Fontainebleau?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:42:31 PM)
Holly - They can be done the first to get them out of the way or at any point during the first week of the programme or before.  For more information, please see: http://www.insead.edu/mba/admissions/languages.cfm .

spice (Sep 11, 2008 12:42:45 PM)
Patrick: Is it required interview for EMBA?

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:43:21 PM)
Patrick: Do most students stay for the weekends, or do they traditionally travel and explore neighboring cities?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:43:58 PM)
Holly, last year, we actually launched our own blog as well. It was quiet over the summer because we weren't travelling as much and we've had some transition in the team but it will soon be up and running again: http://www.inseadenroute.blogspot.com/ .

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:44:04 PM)
Spice, for the EMBA, you send in your application, like the MBA, and then we contact you to call you up for an interview if interested.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:44:30 PM)
Cassandra: What sort of consideration is given in matching up applicants with their alumni interviewers - for example, are applicants matched with interviewers in their desired industries when possible?

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:44:39 PM)
Patrick: How about tennis faculties in Fontainebleau?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:44:56 PM)
NYC - a bit of both. It is work hard, play hard and some do explore if they have the time. There are also clubs that organize visits, etc.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:45:11 PM)
NYC: Good question! I'm not a golfer myself, and I live in New York now, so I'm not 100% sure. Patrick - do you know how good the local golf courses are?

spice (Sep 11, 2008 12:45:17 PM)
Patrick: Speaking about Eastern Europe, can I get any financial support from INSEAD in case I am coming from this region and I intend to support myself my expenses? I am talking about EMBA.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:45:33 PM)
Holly - there are tennis courts available as well as a comprehensive fitness centre.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:46:06 PM)
Cassandra, do you or other admissions staff Google applicants or check out their social networking pages?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:46:56 PM)
Spice - there are scholarships to help you for the EMBA - executives from emerging markets, for example - http://www.insead.edu/emba/financing/schol_info.cfm .

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:47:07 PM)
Holly: Normally, applicants who are selected for interview will have two alumni interviews, both working in different industries. We do take into account the applicant's career goals and background when matching for interviews.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:49:05 PM)
Linda: We do not actively Google applicants or look at their social networking pages. We've noticed that a few applicants do check out ours though! So, if an applicant asks to be connected to me on LinkedIn, for example, then of course I will see their page.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:49:19 PM)
Cassandra: Do current students play any role in the admissions process?

S7 (Sep 11, 2008 12:49:24 PM)
Patrick: As with interview invitations, is the number of waitlisted candidates also constant throughout application cycles?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:51:02 PM)
S7 - it depends on the quality and number of applicants received.

khajji (Sep 11, 2008 12:51:27 PM)
Patrick: INSEAD does not encourage candidates to re-apply. Is this the same for waitlisted candidates?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:51:29 PM)
Holly: Students are not involved in admissions decisions, but they do participate in various events. If you attend one of our INSEAD In-House Events (http://www.insead.edu/mba/meet_us/form/OpenInfosession.cfm), for example, then you will have a networking reception with some of our students where you can meet them and ask them any questions you may have.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:51:33 PM)
Cassandra, do most American students at INSEAD return to the US for their first post-MBA job or do they usually initially work outside the US?

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:52:25 PM)
Thank you Linda, Patrick and Cassandra for answering our questions.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:54:07 PM)
Yes, we do not encourage re-applicants... but we encourage you to channel your energy into handing in a well prepared application rather than worrying about not being accepted and cross the bridge when (if) you get to that situation. J.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:54:13 PM)
Patrick: I have seen the statement on the website that competition is generally comparable across the various rounds; does this continue to be the case?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:54:49 PM)
Linda, we don't track American students specifically, but the vast majority of our students do not return to their home country for their first post-MBA job, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere. However, there is always a certain percentage who do return to their home countries immediately after graduation. Interestingly, about 10% of our students come from America, and about 10% go to America to work after graduation, even though it’s not often the same 10%!

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 12:54:52 PM)
Cassandra, will you be at the NYC Master Class next week? Can you give me an idea of what to expect?

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:55:11 PM)

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:55:44 PM)
Holly - absolutely, but it is always good to try and aim for the Rounds 1 and 2 for a better chance of getting a scholarship as well as preparing for the MBA.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:56:02 PM)
Patrick: Is it very hard for non-EU students to get work permits if they want to stay in the EU to work?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:56:14 PM)
NYC: Yes, I will be there. There will be a sample MBA Class, followed by a presentation covering the programme, admissions, and financing. Then there will be an alumni Q & A Panel, followed by networking drinks with the alumni.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 12:56:17 PM)
I have found that knowledge about INSEAD here in the USA continues to be not that high among the general public and even among some business people; can you describe your efforts to spread the INSEAD name (in USA and elsewhere)?

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:59:39 PM)
Holly: We have an aggressive PR strategy to ensure that INSEAD is well represented in key media outlets, such as the New York Times and the Economist. We are also working to mobilize our alumni network, to help them coordinate events and efforts to help promote the brand. For example, our NYC Alumni group is hosting a high-level 'Sustainability Roundtable' in New York City in New York, and two years ago we launched the INSEAD Transcultural Leadership Awards - a once yearly event which recognizes CEOs and Business Leaders who demonstrate exceptional transcultural leadership.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 12:59:41 PM)
Holly - historically it has been challenging, however large international companies are looking for diverse people from various countries and tend to have certain pull in obtaining visas.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 12:59:55 PM)
Cassandra and Patrick, if you are looking at an application and the numbers and basic profile are in the ballpark for an INSEAD student, what distinguishes an application that is accepted from one that is rejected?

holly (Sep 11, 2008 1:00:39 PM)
Cassandra and Patrick, thanks for your time; Linda, thanks for arranging the talk!

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 1:00:52 PM)
Thanks for your excellent questions.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:02:13 PM)
Linda: We have four criteria that we evaluate every application against, and each criteria carries equal weight in the admissions process: Academic Capacity, Leadership Potential, International Motivation and Overall Ability to Contribute to the INSEAD community. Just achieving a good GMAT score, for example, is not enough to guarantee admission. Each applicant needs to demonstrate strength in all four of those areas.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:02:24 PM)
Linda - International motivation - ability to contribute - leadership potential - solid education - diverse - GMAT - sound professional references and more for a good candidate... - http://www.insead.edu/mba/admissions/index.cfm .

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 1:03:11 PM)
Patrick and Cassandra: What are the "hidden gems" in INSEAD’s program in your opinions?

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:03:33 PM)
Thanks to all and Linda for setting this up - Bonne soiree!

NYC (Sep 11, 2008 1:03:38 PM)
Holly, I attended a NYC INSEAD alumni event last night. The alumni were quite helpful in addressing some of my questions around Americans and INSEAD.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 1:03:50 PM)
You're most welcome.

holly (Sep 11, 2008 1:04:15 PM)
NYC, thanks.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:04:44 PM)
Linda: Hidden gems - The most diverse participants - over 70 nationalities - everyone is a minority.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 1:05:05 PM)
That's not hidden. J That's well known and publicized.

PatrickParkerINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:08:11 PM)
192 countries in the world, Alumnae in 150 countries... I would call that a hidden gem.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:09:03 PM)
It’s difficult for me to talk about a hidden gem - since it’s my job to try to make sure it’s not hidden! I have to agree with Patrick, the truly global environment is something I don't think one can fully appreciate without experiencing themselves. In addition to the environment that creates on campus, it also leads to an incredibly powerful and diverse alumni network. One stat that you may not have read in the number of countries in which we have 100+ alumni. Many schools can boast alumni in 100+ countries (INSEAD has alumni in over 150 different countries), but no other business school in the world has a solid and substantial network of alumni in as many countries as INSEAD. Currently there are 37 countries across all continents where more than 100 alumni live and work.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 1:09:41 PM)
Cassandra, that is impressive and not well known. Thanks.

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:09:43 PM)
Sorry for the slow reply - that was a long one. And you can see that Patrick and I are both on the same page about how compelling the diversity truly is.

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 1:09:47 PM)
Thank you again all for participating this evening. Special thanks to Cassandra and Patrick for taking the time to join us today.

We look forward to seeing you at future chats. Currently we have the following chats scheduled:

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ACraig (Sep 11, 2008 1:09:50 PM)
Thank you all for your time. This has been quite informative and I've enjoyed reading along as well as asking questions. Thank you!

spice (Sep 11, 2008 1:09:53 PM)
Good bye all and thank you for your time. Your answers and questions are a great help for my admission process!

CassandraPittmanINSEAD (Sep 11, 2008 1:10:30 PM)
Good bye all. Thanks for participating. And if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at any time at mba.info@insead.edu , or attend an event local to you and meet us in person! http://www.insead.edu/mba/meet_us/form/Offcampusevents.cfm

Linda Abraham (Sep 11, 2008 1:10:39 PM)
Have a very good evening! Good luck with your applications!

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