This is a guest post by Maria Ahmed, editor of BusinessBecause.com, a global business school networking, news and jobs site that helps applicants choose a business school and business students find a job.
If you’re considering doing your MBA outside India, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by the number of business schools out there, all of them making very similar claims about how great they’ll be for your career.
At Businessbecause.com we’ve recently interviewed three Indian MBAs studying in three very different countries: Singapore, the UK and Italy. Two of them are engineers by training and one is a medic. They all have very specific reasons why they chose their MBA program.
Abbas Mantri is finishing up an MBA at Nanyang Business School in Singapore. He graduated from the University of Mumbai with a Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications in 2006. He was a sales manager at satellite company Technosat and then a business analyst at LHS, part of the Ericsson Group. He chose the Nanyang MBA because he thought an Asian MBA would give him the best return on his investment.
“You have to consider the return on your investment, not just the money but also the time you invest. Schools in the US charge between US$130,000 and $140,000. Against that, the return on my MBA in Singapore was far better. The fee structure is Singapore $75,000 (US$55000). It’s also a 15-month intensive course against two year one in the US.
Prateet Minhas, 26, recently finished the MBA at Imperial College Business School in London, UK. He did a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi. He chose the Imperial MBA for its focus on entrepreneurship and also the health sector. It fit perfectly with Prateet’s goal to start his on hospital in India in ten years.
He took Imperial’s well-regarded Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design course, and an elective called ‘New Ventures in the Health Sector’. Straight after his MBA he wants to gain some experience as a business consultant for a pharmaceutical company or a hospital and the Imperial network will come in handy.
Kiriti Rambhatla is doing an MBA at MIP (Politecnico di Milano) in Milan, Italy. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2007. He worked for three years in the telecommunications and automotive industries in India and Tanzania, including the Mercedes Benz dealer network.
A committed engineer who wants to be a consultant to innovative technical and manufacturing firms, he has landed an internship at Italian household appliance giant Indesit (Italy still has some manufacturing industry, unlike the UK!). At MIP he has found the courses in Industrial Economics, Innovation Management, and Technology Strategy particularly useful. He also loves Milan’s “aperitivo system” of after-work cocktails and free and unlimited appetizers!