2005 INSEAD MBA Admissions Chat with Johanna Hellborg


2005 INSEAD MBA Admissions Chat with Johanna Hellborg

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TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:08:38 AM)
First I want to welcome you all to Accepted.com's International MBA Admissions Chat, with INSEAD.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:08:43 AM)
I also want to welcome Johanna Hellborg, Assoc. Dir of Admissions; Leila Murat, Admissions Officer; and Christina Vencensini, Admissions Officer.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:08:54 AM)
Thanks to everyone for joining.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:12:43 AM)
Johanna- How are application numbers so far this year?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:13:17 AM)
Tanis: It seems to be rather stable for the moment.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:13:45 AM)
Do you have the same number of seats for both intakes? How many for each one?

Espero05 (Dec 7, 2004 10:14:01 AM)
Can you provide information  on INSEAD's recruitment stats for the classes of July and December 2004?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:14:11 AM)
David, it is the same for both intakes - 450 (300 Fontainebleau and 150 Singapore).

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:14:59 AM)
Johanna- How is the Singapore campus working out?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:15:02 AM)
The number of applicants for each intake is the same, correct? How many more approximately do you have in September?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:15:31 AM)
Tanis: The Singapore campus is getting very popular ! :)

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:15:52 AM)
Indeed! I hear only good things. Has it equaled expectations? Surpassed expectations?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:15:54 AM)
Espero05: It's too early to know for both July & December the recruitment stats, but they will be posted in May.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:16:21 AM)
David, we have about the same number of applicants for each intake. There is no significant difference between the January and September intakes.

Pranjal (Dec 7, 2004 10:16:43 AM)
Christina, is it true that the number of seats reserved for the third round are less then the other rounds? If yes, by how much?

mischerb@aol.com (Austria) (Dec 7, 2004 10:16:47 AM)
Any expansion plans for the Singapore campus? How about expansion into USA or are you content with the Wharton partnership?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:16:59 AM)
Tanis, we knew we were offering a great opportunity for a really global MBA so it has equaled our expectations and we are very happy about it!

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:17:10 AM)
Leila- What are the differences between the two intakes, if any?

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:18:24 AM)
Johanna, could you elaborate a little on the work of CMS, as recruiting is concerned?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:18:27 AM)
Pranjal: Yes, the third round can have less seats.

Tetyana (Dec 7, 2004 10:18:28 AM)
What was the intake ratio of the applicants during the last enrollment?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:18:46 AM)
Mischerb: we are currently building phase 2 in Singapore. Expansion in USA is not currently planned. The alliance with Wharton is working really well.

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:19:14 AM)
Tetyana: the intake ratio in the last enrollment was 1 to 4.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:19:38 AM)
Do the two campuses attract the same profiles? Or are there subtle differences?

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:20:03 AM)
David and Tanis, we have roughly the same number of applicants for both January and September. The January intake includes a two-month break in July and August which participants can take advantage of for internships.

mebasen (Dec 7, 2004 10:20:28 AM)
Do you offer a dual degree with Wharton, or is it merely an opportunity to "study abroad"?

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:20:39 AM)
Leila: but there are the same number of seats for the two rounds, correct?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:20:48 AM)
Do you interview all admitted applicants?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:21:04 AM)
Ricardo: the staff has nearly doubled! We are working on increasing the numbers of companies recruiting on campus. We have several members who are only working on increasing relationships with companies. Also the student counseling, in terms of looking for a job, has been strengthened.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:21:37 AM)
Tanis, you have the same student profiles for both campuses, same diversity in nationality, age range, professional and educational backgrounds.

mischerb@aol.com (Austria) (Dec 7, 2004 10:21:41 AM)
I'd like to launch a venture in emerging markets after my MBA. Can you please tell me how well INSEAD is connected in emerging markets in terms of contacts and alumni?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:21:45 AM)
mebasen: No, a dual degree is not offered. Spending time at Wharton is an exchange program, giving our participants the opportunity to spend time in the US.

Espero05 (Dec 7, 2004 10:22:07 AM)
I have heard that the internship opportunity is mainly for those interested in I-Banking? Or do many corporations also offer internships during the 7 week break?

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 10:22:11 AM)
Christina: how easy is it to transfer from one campus to the other mid-year? Is there a lot of demand? What is the selection process?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:22:34 AM)
Is your school interesting for someone who wants a to change career?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:22:54 AM)
Espero: you can find details on our website, but the internship opportunities are equal.

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:22:54 AM)
David Villalba: Approx 50% of the applicant pool is interviewed.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:23:31 AM)
Is age, or to be more precise above average age, something that lessens the value of an application?

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:23:53 AM)
Tanis, there are 300 seats in Fontainebleau and 150 in Singapore for each intake.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:24:33 AM)
mischerb: INSEAD's alumni network is one of the most widely spread around the world. You will find alumni in more than 150 countries. This is the same in terms of diversity of sectors that the alumni work in.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:24:43 AM)
I see more and more questions about family-owned businesses. Do you consider Insead a good place for those people taking over a family-owned business?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:25:03 AM)
David, more than half of our students do a career change!

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:25:28 AM)
Ricardo, usually our students are between 23 and 35.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:26:33 AM)
Tanis: there is a strong entrepreneurial spirit at INSEAD, probably because we are an independent school, so I think family business is a strong subject here. We even have professors and electives dedicated to this area.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:26:36 AM)
Espero05, 30% of the January students choose to go for an internship and 20% of those are in I-banking. Healthcare and media industries were also quite popular.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:27:14 AM)
Does that mean that a 35 year application is less interesting than a 30 year old, if everything else is similar?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:28:06 AM)
aknot: INSEAD encourages campus switches. It is the participants who drive the exchange as they decide to either switch or stay on the same campus. Over 64% of our participants decided to switch campuses. INSEAD guarantees 1 period of exchange (2 months), but additional periods are possible.

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 10:28:12 AM)
What are the lower limit GMAT scores for last year's intake?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:28:28 AM)
aknot: The GMAT ranges from 600-800.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:28:30 AM)
Leila- What about those people interested in ONG work or places like the World Bank?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:28:54 AM)
Ricardo: No one is less or more interesting. It is an overall evaluation of the file. What is important is that your experience matches the programme we are offering.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:29:00 AM)
aknot, the lower limit on the GMAT is 600.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:30:04 AM)
What can someone with a low GPA do to proof his academic capacity?

Connie (Dec 7, 2004 10:30:12 AM)
How do most Americans fund their international MBA? What types of financial aid is available?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:30:26 AM)
For detailed info about career placement : http://www.insead.edu/mba/careers/career_stats.htm .

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:30:49 AM)
David : a 800 GMAT ! :-) A good GMAT will help to prove a candidates academic ability.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:31:16 AM)
If one decides to take some of the electives in Wharton, does it match perfectly with a term in Europe, or does it just account for a few credits and extra time in Europe?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:31:40 AM)
What is a good GMAT?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:32:22 AM)
Ricardo, the INSEAD MBA is divided in 5 periods of 2 months. If you go to Wharton you will spend one period there and the electives you study there will be counted towards your INSEAD MBA.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:32:47 AM)
I often get asked how fluent one has to be and what languages are considered more valuable?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:32:49 AM)
Connie: Americans fund their MBA by getting US loans. You would also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships based on merit and need. I suggest going onto INSEAD's website under the finance portion to get an idea of scholarships offered at INSEAD (campus specific, gender specific, etc.).

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:33:03 AM)
David, a good GMAT is when the verbal scores and quant scores are above 80%.

mischerb@aol.com (Austria) (Dec 7, 2004 10:33:06 AM)
If an INSEAD student undertakes the switch with Wharton, will his or her chances for INSEAD recruiting be hurt? Can he or she apply for positions advertised at Wharton?

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:33:13 AM)
So it's basically possible to trade 2 months in Europe for 2 months in the States. Is that it?

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:33:16 AM)
Christina- Are there more US applicants these past few years, then in previous years?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:33:54 AM)
mischerb: You do get access to the Wharton Career Services, so I guess your chances are even bigger ! ;-)

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:34:28 AM)
Ricardo, you can say so.

Pranjal (Dec 7, 2004 10:34:41 AM)
Christina: I would like to speak to an alumni of INSEAD who is working in India, preferably New Delhi, in a marketing function. Can you please help me?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:34:49 AM)
For the third language requirement, is a 690 TOEIC enough?

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:34:58 AM)
Tanis, we have more and more applicants coming from and participants joining the ONG sector; the ONG perspective is dealt with in general management classes and guest speakers are invited.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:35:21 AM)
David: The TOEIC minimum is 950.

Espero05 (Dec 7, 2004 10:35:50 AM)
I heard there is a link between job postings between these schools for alumni. Is this correct?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:36:01 AM)
Second and third languages at INSEAD must be certified at a level 3 - The ability to communicate with some structural accuracy and fluency about general interest and familiar business topics.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:36:09 AM)
About the third language requirements, if we fill the requirements upon the first week for the third language, is it still possible to have language lessons in any of the other available languages, say a fourth?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:36:43 AM)
Pranjal, it's difficult to give out names of alumni to potential candidates (they would be overwhelmed with requests). We usually encourage candidates to work on their own networking to find alumni. If you apply and go to interviews, you will be interviewed by alumni in the country where you are and given the opportunity to know more about INSEAD.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:37:10 AM)
I know the TOEIC minimum is 950 for English, but is it also the minimum for the third language requirement?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:37:16 AM)
TanisKmetyk: No, the US applicant pool is stable.

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 10:39:02 AM)
Is prior management experience a bonus for admission?

Pranjal (Dec 7, 2004 10:39:31 AM)
I am debating whether I should apply to the September '05 programme or the January '06 programme. I haven't started writing my essays yet. I am apprehensive about the lesser number of seats in the third round intake (Jan 17th). Are my apprehensions well founded?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:39:56 AM)
David: If you are referring to the TEF, it is best if you refer to the Language Policy at INSEAD, which requires two sections and minimum scores. The Language Policy can be found on our website under Admissions/What we need from you/Second Language Certification...

Alex B (Dec 7, 2004 10:40:02 AM)
Is it worth applying to INSEAD with a low GPA (3.0)? How often do candidates with this type of GPA get in, even with a good GMAT?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:40:05 AM)
Espero: Yes absolutely, there is a link, but it's for the alumni. There is an agreement between all those schools, which you can find at http://www.insead.edu/alumni/career_services/index.htm .

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:41:01 AM)
Ricardo, you can take up a fourth language at INSEAD if you've already certified a third language. However, you may want to think about it a little more, since there's a lot happening on the program that you wouldn't want to miss out on :)

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:41:25 AM)
Pranjal, the most important thing is to make a good application. Apply when you are ready. If you are good, you will get in, regardless of the round! ;-)

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:42:03 AM)
For letters of recommendation, should an applicant have a high-level person who has limited knowledge of the applicant's day-to-day work or a mid-level person who has worked with the applicant closely, write them a recommendation? Even if the high-level person is the CEO?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:42:22 AM)
About career placement, I have read that the number of recruiters which recruit in Singapore campus is very low. Is it easier to find a job if you are at the Fontainebleau campus?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:42:43 AM)
Tanis, definitely get the recommendation from the person who works closely with you. Even if it is Bill Gates or Richard Branson. If they only see the candidate at the X-mas party there is no use of their recommendation! :-)

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:42:52 AM)
aknot: The adcom is looking for management potential so if you have management experience already, than it would certainly be taken into consideration (and a bonus)!

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:43:18 AM)
Alex, the GPA is only one of the elements of the application; a good GMAT score can balance it to show academic.

mischerb@aol.com (Austria) (Dec 7, 2004 10:43:18 AM)
Has INSEAD moved completely to online applications or can an interested student send in a letter of recommendation through the post?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:43:22 AM)
David, no the ratio makes it rather even. Since we have less students at Singapore, we have less recruiters there.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:43:38 AM)
mischerb, the application is totally online.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:43:49 AM)
For someone that already has applied to the September 2005 intake, will the interview decisions be communicated as they are taken, or will you only publish the results by the January 21st?

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:44:47 AM)
Have the top recruiters at Insead changed at all or has it remained stable?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:45:02 AM)
Ricardo, you should receive the interview decision no later than January 21st.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:45:26 AM)
Can it be before that?

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:45:29 AM)
David, companies recruit globally at INSEAD and interview participants in whatever campus they are on.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:46:17 AM)
Ricardo: Patience is a very important virtue............ :-)

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:47:26 AM)
Do you see any new sectors coming up?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:47:29 AM)
Tanis, recruiting is stable. We had a strong wave of industry recruiters from previous years.

Pranjal (Dec 7, 2004 10:47:40 AM)
Christina, I've heard that the January intake at Fontainebleau is the most competitive. Is that true?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:48:28 AM)
Pranjal: No.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:48:52 AM)
Regarding the programme, I seem to see a greater focus on consulting and entrepreneurship assignments in other schools and not at INSEAD. I am referring to real-life assignments not only role playing. Is it a limitation of the 1 year program?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:49:00 AM)
Tanis: ABSOLUTELY, we have see many new sectors!

mischerb@aol.com (Austria) (Dec 7, 2004 10:49:33 AM)
Can you please tell me the number of interviews each campus held last year? Is the Singapore campus outfitted with electronic interviewing capabilities?

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:49:58 AM)
Tanis, there are new industry sectors developing nicely such as biotech, which Singapore gives us an edge in that respect, and the consumer goods industry.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:50:24 AM)
Ricardo: You will be in "real-life " situations all the time! But clearly you will not have a break of 3 months, as in a 2 year programme, to experience a company or do an internship.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:51:20 AM)
Leila-How does Singapore present an advantage? What about luxury goods?

Petre (Dec 7, 2004 10:51:23 AM)
Can you tell me what loan program INSEAD has? What are my chances if I do not have credit history?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:52:33 AM)
Mischerb: I don't know the exact number of interviews each campus had, but you can surf the web for that. We do have video/web conferencing facilities on both campuses. Any offer on one campus is available on the other.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 10:52:39 AM)
Tanis, Singapore is a hub for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:53:02 AM)
Do you think one year is enough for a MBA?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:53:13 AM)
Petre: We have regional loan schemes listed by country on our website. In terms of not having a credit history, that  will depend on each regional bank. There is no guarantee however.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 10:54:19 AM)
Is INSEAD currently more inclined to entrepreneurship, corporate management or is it balanced?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:54:29 AM)
David, enough or not enough is not the question. Our MBA is clearly a highly recognized one. It is more a matter of fit with personality. A one year program is for people who like intensity and who want to get back to business fast. A two year program is for people who need more time to reflect on their future.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:55:26 AM)
Ricardo: we are inclined to ..........flexibilitiy. The Insead MBA is a General Management MBA with professors specializing in loads of sectors.

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 10:56:13 AM)
What do you believe are the key strengths of the Insead program that allow it to compete with 2 year programs?

alberto (Dec 7, 2004 10:56:59 AM)
Christina, would you recommend Insead to someone that is interested in hotel management?

Petre (Dec 7, 2004 10:57:05 AM)
Christina, I have a focus on marketing and entrepreneurship; how would I fit in at Insead?

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 10:57:10 AM)
But would you say, Johanna, that the "intensity" factor equals an entrepreneurial spirit, even for a manager?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:57:21 AM)
Aknot: The strength of Insead is our INTENSITY. A finance course taught in three months somewhere else is taught in seven weeks at INSEAD! We have top faculty.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:57:21 AM)
Ok, but in one year will you really get the same skills that you would acquire in a two year program?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:57:55 AM)
Tanis: I would like to see both in our students ! ;-)

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:58:42 AM)
David, don't look at time issues, look at the spirit of the school when you choose the school you want to go to!

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 10:58:44 AM)
alberto: Of course! I would recommend Insead to all sorts of professions. Having applicants from different professional backgrounds adds to the diversity of the class.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 10:58:58 AM)
Johanna, you have top faculty, but so does Wharton, LBS, Chicago, etc. They are two year programs with top notch faculty.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:00:04 AM)
David, that's exactly what I am saying; we are not competing, we are different. You will get the same top education! But the pace, the spirit is different!

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:00:23 AM)
Petre: Insead would be great for someone interested in marketing and entrepreneurship. Again, we are looking for a mix of professional backgrounds.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:01:12 AM)
Petre, you can complement the MBA with a certificate in entrepreneurship, an optional 2 month course after graduation.

Petre (Dec 7, 2004 11:01:21 AM)
How do you consider GPA - I worked since my second year at the most prestigious university in Bulgaria, but my grades are not perfect?

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 11:01:23 AM)
In the brochure you emphasize the balance of "work/play." How does that fit in with an intense program? Surely it requires a lot of self-study.

ricardo (Dec 7, 2004 11:02:06 AM)
A friend of mine taking the MBA at INSEAD, states that in general terms INSEAD students are worst prepared for recruitment interviews them their US counterparts. What is your view on this?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:02:27 AM)
Aknot, the emphasis on "work/play" basically requires short nights with very little sleeping hours!

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:02:27 AM)
Does full time employment while at university count?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:02:51 AM)
Ricardo, I've heard the same about recruitment interviews.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:03:22 AM)
Petre, a good GMAT can balance the GPA and show academic capacity to follow the program.

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:04:42 AM)
alberto: It all depends on what career aspirations the applicant has. 41% of our participants changed careers after INSEAD.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:04:47 AM)
Ricardo and David, as I said, we are nearly doubling the staff of Career Services to better serve our students. Time of course does not allow the same time for preparation for interviews, as US schools But you will also note that our students go to very diverse sectors around the world. When you target top business schools, do not look for the better of the worse. Look for what suits your career aspirations and your personality!

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:05:54 AM)
Christina- do you know how many students start their own businesses?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:07:14 AM)
TanisKmetyk: 40% start their own businesses after 25 years.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:07:20 AM)
Johanna- Are there any sectors you would like to see more applicants from? How about geographical locations?

alberto (Dec 7, 2004 11:09:33 AM)
Christina: do you have Italian students at INSEAD?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:10:47 AM)
Will you take into account full time employment while at university?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:10:54 AM)
alberto: 7% of our student body is Italian, in the Programme this coming Jan 2005.

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 11:10:59 AM)
Do students choose a patchwork of electives depending on their areas of interest or do you see a trend where people will focus on one specific aspect? Do you think the patchwork approach could weaken or strengthen the candidate for career aspirations

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:11:09 AM)
David: we look at everything!

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:11:23 AM)
Tanis, the Certificate in Entrepreneurship is a new program we offer our MBA participants. It consists of an eight week internship and three weeks of on-campus courses that take place after graduation. It is offered initially on the Asia campus only.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:11:52 AM)
Christina, what percent of the student body is Spanish?

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:12:35 AM)
David: 4% of our students are Spanish.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:12:47 AM)
aknot, students usually tend to keep the General Management spirit and continue to diversify their knowledge. But we also have some who are for example, are passionate about finance and choose all electives in that area.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:13:10 AM)
Do you have many Spanish applicants?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:13:43 AM)
David, it is usually about the same percentage as our other admits.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:13:59 AM)
Leila, what are the goals of the certificate? What kind of person is attracted to it? Why is it only being offered in Asia for now?

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:14:27 AM)
Tanis, we have an international center for entrepreneurship based on the Singapore campus. The program attracts those who already have a business plan to start their company and those who wish to buy and grow ventures. The first class will start in January '05.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:15:48 AM)
Leila, what would an Insead student find at that center?

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 11:16:29 AM)
Is there a greater proportion of French applicants and do you limit their intake to maximize diversity?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:17:07 AM)
aknot: the diversity we have we find it at the applicant level, so we have no quotas. We just take the best of each country.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:18:42 AM)
Tanis, more information on the Certificate in Entrepreneurship can be found at www.insead.edu/mba/programme/entrepreneurship.htm .

Alex B (Dec 7, 2004 11:20:06 AM)
I've been working in a consulting firm for close to 7 years and held a management position for 4-5 years. Would you advise doing an MBA or waiting a couple of years and going for an EMBA? My current job is very interesting so it's a tough choice. Do you have other students that were in a similar position?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:21:24 AM)
Is it easy to find a job in US with an INSEAD MBA, to be more exact, in NY or Miami?

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 11:21:40 AM)
What is the ratio of reapplicants taken?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:22:02 AM)
Alex, it's impossible for us to give you an answer. It depends on a lot of things. You are the one who has to know when you are ready to go back to studies.

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:22:43 AM)
A little while ago I think INSEAD was not very friendly with reapplicants. Is it still the same?

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:23:03 AM)
Leila: We had a question earlier about the high end of the age scale...what about younger applicants who do not yet have concrete management experience but show great potential?

Alex B (Dec 7, 2004 11:23:50 AM)
Johanna: I understand. To be more precise: I meant do you have students with 4-5 years of management experience who did the MBA? What was their feedback? Was is still as worth it as for the student with no management experience?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:23:52 AM)
David, aknot: when we had rolling admissions we were not encouraging reapplications. Now that we have staged admissions, we do encourage people to reapply.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:23:55 AM)
Johanna, what are the ages of EMBA students?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:24:55 AM)
Alex, diversity again is one of our strengths. Some of the applicants have no management experience some have more. What is important is that anyone coming to INSEAD will be able to contribute.

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:25:13 AM)
Tanis: Management potential is 1 of the 4 admissions criteria. The Admissions Committee will take into consideration the career evolution, current responsibilities, letter of recommendations to determine management potential.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:26:01 AM)
Tanis, the ages of our EMBA students range from 33-45.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:26:12 AM)
David, those who want to get a job in the US are able to do so and can increase their job options by going for the Wharton exchange.

Simran Gill (Canada) (Dec 7, 2004 11:26:49 AM)
Does INSEAD consider the CFA (chartered financial analyst) designation in its application process?

aknot (Dec 7, 2004 11:26:50 AM)
Can you do both the Wharton exchange and a period on the other Insead campus?

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:26:57 AM)
Thanks Christina, so age is not a rock-hard criteria?

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:27:38 AM)
Simran, anything you put in the application will be taken into account.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:28:06 AM)
Johanna-This is year two of the Exec MBA. Any thoughts so far on how it's going?

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:28:07 AM)
Does INSEAD assist spouses/partners in finding a job or setting in a new city?

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:28:19 AM)
aknot, yes it is possible to do both the Wharton exchange and a period on the other Insead campus.

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:29:42 AM)
Tanis: it is a bit early to say much, but my colleagues from the EMBA program could maybe give you more info : http://www.insead.edu/emba/moreinfo_contactus.cfm .

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:29:46 AM)
Tanis: No, age is a rock-hard criteria because everything is taken into consideration.

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:30:18 AM)
David, yes we assist partners to find a job.

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:30:25 AM)
I want to thank Johanna, Christina and Leila!

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:30:51 AM)
You are welcome!

Alex B (Dec 7, 2004 11:31:27 AM)
Thank you guys for the input. Much appreciated!

David Villalba (Spain) (Dec 7, 2004 11:31:33 AM)
Thank you Christina, Leila and Johanna.

ChristinaVincensiniINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:31:34 AM)
Thanks for your interest in INSEAD!

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:31:45 AM)
And keep up the good work ;-)

JohannaHellborgINSEAD (Dec 7, 2004 11:33:00 AM)
Hope to read your applications soon!

TanisKmetyk (Dec 7, 2004 11:33:11 AM)
I wish you all the best of luck (including the admissions crew ;-)

leilamuratinsead (Dec 7, 2004 11:33:57 AM)
Best of luck to all of you . Au revoir...

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