The sports industry accounts for around 1.5% of the global GDP. In some countries – for example, China, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – it is a strategic driver of growth, from a social angle as well as an economic perspective. The sports arena consists of a variety of “pieces” that, when put together, constitute the sports business ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »
The ESADE Consulting Club traveled last week for 5 days to Dubai to build lasting relationships between ESADE and some of the finest consulting companies in the Middle East – and give its members a first exposure to the dynamic world of consulting in Dubai. Read the rest of this entry »
Spain is #4 on the list of countries that attract the most international talent to MBA programmes, outranked only by the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, making it the #1 European country, ahead of 5th-ranked France.Barcelona, meanwhile, is #8 on the list of cities that attract the most international MBA students and #1 in Europe per million inhabitants, ahead of Paris and London.
These are just a few highlights from theMBA City Monitor, a new report coordinated by Ivan Bofarull, Director of the Global Intelligence Office at ESADE. The report analyses the capacity of cities and countries to attract international students to MBA programmes ranked by the Financial Timesand highlights opportunities that cities and countries ought to seize.
According to the MBA City Monitor, the list of the top 10 cities with the highest proportion of international MBA students also includes Singapore, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, New York and Boston.
The east coast of the United States and Canada remains the number-one destination for international talent in MBA programmes, although the San Francisco–Silicon Valley area has been the fastest growing region over the past three years. Finally, the report found that MBA graduates have increasingly come to see working at a start-up as a top career choice.
A strategic asset
“In Barcelona, we’ve seen that around 10% of MBA students from the city’s main business schools go on to become entrepreneurs, and 80% to 95% of them are international,” commented Ivan Bofarull, Director of the Global Intelligence Office at ESADE and coordinator of the study.
“In Europe and Barcelona, the general pool of next-generation start-ups isn’t large enough for us to evaluate the impact of high-quality international talent – especially MBA students,” commented Mr. Bofarull. “However, we suspect that the major trends are similar to those seen in the United States, where a large percentage of start-ups are founded by foreigners and, although most MBA graduates are not start-up founders, they do play an instrumental role in the success of the ecosystem as a whole.”
“The attraction of global MBA talent should be taken into account when assessing a city’s potential to create new entrepreneurial initiatives that can have an impact on the creation of high-quality jobs,” added Mr. Bofarull. “From an administrative point of view, we should try to make life easier for this new segment so that it can generate business opportunities.”
The report concludes that in countries like Spain and France – which have troubled labour markets and are struggling to be leaders in innovation – the MBA population should clearly be considered a strategic asset.
Today’s business world needs managers who can offer a global perspective when making complex decisions. With 95% international students on our MBA programme, and more than 70 nationalities on campus, you’ll start to learn about the way business is done in other cultures from your first day in class.
And if you want to enhance your global profile by seeing the world first-hand, we offer:
Study tours: Explore other business cultures and understand how companies operate in different countries.
Career treks: Visit companies and make contacts around the world.
Internship: Access internships around the world, put your knowledge into practice and gain experience.
Darío Altman (Argentina/Chile, Class of 2016) takes you on two treks to Finland and Israel, on internship to India and if that weren’t enough, to the MBA Tournament in Paris! 3 continents in one year: travel the world with the ESADE MBA!
CERN, as the world’s most renowned research laboratory specializing in nuclear research and with possibly the most advanced technology on the planet, needs no introduction from us, but has recently opened its doors to a lucky few students from our MBA programme, marking the start of ongoing collaboration between ESADE and this world-renowned research centre. This, the first year has seen our teams of MBAs working on four projects with a socially responsible focus: Food security, Sensing Interactions, Sensing Spaces, Exoskeletal Movement Aid.
Our MBAs will work together with others from the European Institute of Design (IED) in Barcelona, and UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia), combining business expertise, design thinking and engineering profiles for the optimum result.
There are no limits to what our students can imagine and achieve with the help of CERN’s technology, and the results have proven to be quite spectacular.
Take a look at this videoto discover just what this project has been all about, and join our MBA programme to get involved yourself!
ESADE’s Chinese-speaking community is growing every year, giving rise to a tight-knit group able to share experiences in Barcelona. As graduates accept positions all around the world, the network continues to be a key component of their international studies, even after their programmes have ended.
With this in mind, ESADE recently organized a tour of Barcelona for all of its Chinese-speaking students. The tour was based on the popular Chinese TV series “Meteor Garden 2″, and students were taken to various Barcelona landmarks, including Parc Güell, Sagrada Familiaand the Canaletes fountain, among others.
ESADE partners with top programmes in mainland China (Guanghua School of Management, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, the China Europe International Business School), Hong Kong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and elsewhere in Asia. This year, ESADE has moreover strengthened its online presence in China with the help of Zheng YanYu (’16), a full-time MBA student from China looking to complement her educational background in sports management and her experience working for FC Barcelona.
There’s a lot to be said for being located on an international and innovative campus unlike any other, working shoulder–to–shoulder with more than 70 companies in our Open and Cross Innovation Centre, ESADE Creapolis. There are many opportunities to collaborate and endless synergies to be discovered between students and start–up businesses.
ESADE’s Action Learning Consulting Project (ALCP), brings both neighbouring companies in search of fresh, innovative ideas and MBA students looking to apply their newly–learned skills together, to give a new twist and new solutions to real–life business challenges.
Here you'll be able to see the ESADE MBA from a student's perspective, hear what is going on in the heads of our exceptional teaching staff, find out about events and news on campus and have your say about it all!
Our speaker's corner within ESADE where you can hear and be heard.