Europe’s B-Schools, Creative Careers On the Rise

The rise of the European MBA and more creative professions for MBAs were two hot topics covered yesterday in BusinessWeek.

Mark Scott’s analysis of growing number of foreign students flocking to the continent’s top MBA programs–London Business School, France’s Insead and HEC, Switzerland’s IMD, and Spain’s IE, IESE, and Esade””reveals that the global perspectives offered by these programs, along with their strong links to multinational employers, are helping graduates land jobs despite the dour economy.

Meanwhile, with jobs in finance and consulting still a bit shaky, Matt Symonds says B-school students are turning a fresh eye to new, more creative fields, such as luxury goods and the arts.

Valerie Gauthier, associate dean at HEC Paris, tells Symonds that MBA classes need more entrants from politics, history, philosophy, and the arts, so that students from less-conventional backgrounds would learn the realities of life on the front line of business, while their peers would gain a wider view beyond the balance sheet and the board room.

Both of these stories point to an unexpected and intriguing directional shift for MBA programs. For more information, read the original articles here and here.

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