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MBA-Programme in Großbritannien

Christoph Mohr
Interview mit Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO von topmba.com, über die zehn Top-Business Schools in Großbritannien und ihre Stärken im Vergleich zur Konkurrenz.
MBA programmes in the UKQuestions to Nunzio Quacquarelli,
CEO topmba.com, London

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1. Your London-based organization is known as the organizer of the World MBA Tour and publisher of the "MBA Career Guide". What is far lesser know is the fact, that you do your own research about MBA programmes. How does it work? What is the methodology behind your "MBA Recruiter Survey"?All MBA programmes are not the same. Recruiters have a preferred set of schools from which they will actively recruit and The MBA Career Guide's International MBA Recruiters Survey has, for the past eight years, researched recruiter preferences to identify international schools most actively utilised by international companies. Year on year, approximately 200 companies respond regularly to our survey.Reflecting the profile of MBA recruiters, the sample contains significant percentages of management consulting firms - 35% and financial services companies - 24%, Industrial companies - 23%, whilst technology companies represented - 18%.Geographically, 39% of respondents are based in Western Europe, 35% in the US, 11% in Eastern Europe, 8% in Latin America and 7% in Asia.In determining Business School reputation, we ask each company to list, in priority order, the international schools from which they have recently attempted to recruit international MBAs. Recruiter responses are then aggregated and a score is attributed to each school representing the number of recruiters which referenced that school (a full report and results are available at www.topmba.com)

2. As far as the UK is concerned, your research shows that there are only a dozen MBA programmes (among more than 100) that really seem to interest recruiters.Below is a table of British Business Schools, most often referenced by international recruiters during our 2001/2 MBA Recruiter Research.
Top Business Schools in UK* (alphabetical)
Recruiter Score 2001
No. Full Time MBAs
% International Students
Average GMAT Score
Bath University
Cambridge University
City University
Cranfield University
Imperial College
Lancaster U.
London BS
Manchester BS
Oxford U. (Said)
Warwick UBS
The ten schools listed in the table have managed to differentiate themselves amongst the MBA Recruiting community, based on the quality of their intake and the value and reputation of the MBA programme itself.However, Britain is fortunate in having a great wealth of excellent business schools, not limited to those featured in the table. Other schools which feature well in our research, which have not been covered in this review include: Ashridge, Aston, Bradford, Durham, Edinburgh, Henley, Leeds, Nottingham, Open, Strathclyde. Many other British Business Schools focus on either the part-time MBA market or have a strong bias towards candidates from emerging markets who tend to return to their native country to complete their job search.3. Any other significant findings?Each company is asked a series of questions about their MBA recruiting for the previous year and the next year. These questions cover:
A. MBA Recruitment Trends:
1) Demand for MBAs by sector and region
2) Skill sets required from MBAs
3) Job functions hired into
4) Recruiting methods
B. MBA salaries and benefits
C. Business School Ratings amongst international recruiters:
1) Number of international companies targeting each school for their MBA recruitment.
2) Business school reputations in specialist areas.
The section on MBA salaries is always very popular with MBA applicants as well as MBA students. Last year the average slary for an MBA graduating from a top ten UK business school was approximately Euro 85,000. This figure was remarkably consistent with salaries achieved by MBAs from top Continental European business schools, reflecting the habit of many company to recruit from selected schools across the region at a pre-determined salary level. However, US business schools were yielding average salaries of over Euro 90,000.4. London Business School is the only British business school to play in the first league internationally. How do you explain this?London Business School has long been the intellectual home of financial thinking in Europe. The strong attraction to London-based investment banks has helped enhance the school's global reputation. "I know that when a London Business School student comes to work with us they will be able to 'hit the ground running' and quickly become part of any team, often working across significant cultural and linguistic barriers. It is one of the reasons I recruit from London Business school" says Roy Martins who is a Vice-President at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.LBS benefits from superb facilities in a prestige location. These factors help the school to consistently attract the top echelon of European MBA applicants. Recruiters appreciate this consistency, as well as the international diversity of the class. For a global company it is attractive to be able to source talent from one school which is willing and able to work in many different cultural environments.LBS also benefits from the strength of the London economy and the attraction of London as a European Headquarters for many international consulting, technology and industrial groups. Proximity to so many companies does offer a competitive advantage for LBS, over Manchester Business School which has many of the same facilities and strengths, but is sometimes overlooked by recruiters.5. What about the two other London-based schools? (Any particular strengths, advantages etc.)Imperial College has a forward thinking Dean in Professor Norburn, previously of LBS, who has made it his goal to close the gap with London Business School. In certain departments, like entrepreneurship, he has probably succeeded in overtaking his former employer. In finance, several new faculty have made the school amongst the best in Europe. The school is currently constructing a new main building which should help propel it into the major league of international schools.City University Business School has a part-time MBA, which is amongst the best in the world. The reason is simple. The School is close enough to the financial centers of London to attract outstanding students and faculty willing to study in the evening format. The full-time MBA has never quite attracted the prestige of the part-time course, nor the quality of candidates.
6. The time-honoured universities of Oxford and Cambridge are latecomers in the MBA arena - their MBA programmes having started less than ten year ago. Nonetheless they are among the ten best in the UK today. How do you explain their spectacular success stories?Both schools were established during the 1990s in what was already a crowded UK market. Their success is establishing themselves as top-tier business schools has, in part, been due to large donations, from respectively, The Said Foundation and Sir Paul Judge. These donations have allowed each school to build world-class infrastructure (although Oxford's is only just ready, the promise has been there for some time) and to attract some top-level faculty. The brand name of both schools has also been very important in attracting high quality candidates and recruiters. Several hundred companies visit each University during the undergraduate milk-round, and are therefore pre-disposed to also recruit MBAs.Both schools have also actively sought a highly international profile of MBA applicants, helping to attract recruiters from far a field. In particular, both schools have a cache amongst US applicants who see them as prestigious alternatives to the traditional US schools, whilst offering international experience at the same time.7. Your organization is active worldwide. If you compare UK programmes to MBA programmes on Continental Europe and the US, are there any specific advantages to do an MBA in the UK?For those seeking to improve their written and spoken English and who do not wish to go as far a field as the US, the UK business schools are a natural choice. Despite US schools attempts to internationalise their programmes, course content remains highly US centric and a typical US school has no more that 30% international students, of which Europeans would be no more than a third. For example Harvard Business School has only 25% international students and 10% Europeans.By contrast the top ten UK schools average over 70% international students and over 30% from continental Europe. Course content is geared towards this international community, with the majority of course work and case studies having an international perspective. UK schools are very active in their research of the impact of EU economic integration and the impact of the Euro. Schools like Warwick, Imperial, LBS and Lancaster, which all have 5-star research ratings are leading the way in European research in this regard.
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 24.05.2002