As couples and families, making the shared decision to move to another country and pursue further education triggers a mixture of feelings. From elation about the new adventure to anxiety about the unknown, it can be an emotional rollercoaster!
Below, six ESADE MBA Better Halves reflect on the realities of moving to Barcelona as a Better Half. We share the worries we had before moving, the things we brought (and miss!) from home, our most rewarding experiences in the city so far, and advice to future Better Halves making the move. We hope that these insights will help support incoming Better Halves and their families to have a positive experience in Barcelona.
It was about a year ago, in September 2015, when enthusiastic musicians of the ESADE MBA Class of 2017 hosted their first jam session ever.
Back then, it allowed those few musicians to take the stage and have fun rocking a small crowd of just about 40 people. The success of the event led this group of ESADE musicians to start the Music Club as a Social Club within the MBASA. Read the rest of this entry »
In February, 2016 the ESADE Luxury and Retail club went to the fashion capital of Paris for their first Trek! We participated in the Luxury and Retail Career Forum, a career event hosted for the first time in Paris! Participating schools included London Business School, HEC Paris, INSEAD Business School, SDA Bocconi, Rotterdam School of Management, and IESE Business School. Read the rest of this entry »
On Tuesday, April 4, 2016, we had a Garage Pill held by Jaume Villanueva (Professor at ESADE Department of Strategy and General Management) at E-Garage. During the presentation we examined some of the most common strategies that entrepreneurs utilize to gain access to external resources. Read the rest of this entry »
Startupbootcamp is Europe’s leading accelerator program for startups in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Istanbul, London and Barcelona. Since launching, Startupbootcamp has accelerated 241 startups of which 71% went on to receive funding. Read the rest of this entry »
One of Barcelona’s biggest and most anticipated events is the Mobile World Congress that every year attracts thousands of people from the world of telecom and contributes more than 400 million dollars to the economy of Catalonia. Read the rest of this entry »
On February 2nd, ESADE had the distinguished honor to host 32 Executives from Indian Oil Corporation over a networking breakfast.The purpose of the visit was to acquaint the company with ESADE and also the student-led Energy and Environment Club. Read the rest of this entry »
On December 15, 2015, we had our Entrepreneurship Club Official Kick-off Meeting, where we shared the club’s mission and vision as well as the agenda of exciting events we have planned so far for all our club members. Read the rest of this entry »
On December 3, 2015, we received Jenia Popova and Marco Ferrara, founders of “Ship2Shop”, in the EGarage for the presentation of their recently launched start-up. We had a great night sharing ideas and learning many things from their experience. Our guests were also very glad to interact with the audience, answering their questions and receiving their feedback.
Gastrofest is the biggest cultural event of ESADE. It is a special night where students get together to represent their countries with food tasting stands and cultural presentations on stage. The 2015 edition was celebrated on December 5th at Club Astoria, Barcelona and it was a complete success with 340 people attending. It is the largest number of attendees ever recorded for Gastrofest, tJickets SOLD-OUT. With 19 food stands and 5 cultural presentations, it’s was the greatest opportunity to celebrate diversity, try new food and dance to different rhythms. As an open event, students were able to invite friends and family to join the celebration.
The event started with an act displaying the 50 different nationalities of the students among ESADE Full time MBA in a parade of flags moving to the rhythm of the song “We are one” and a moving map video representing the geographical coverage of our diversity. Amazing way to start the night feeling the unity. Watch the full video below:
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.
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