EDHEC Business School’s Global MBA has this year been ranked among the top 25 MBA programs in the world by the Economist, out-performing big brand names like London Business School and Johnson at Cornell.
The French school’s intensive, 10-month full-time MBA ranked third in the world for student experience and 15th for student diversity. Its MBA class is comprised of 90 students of 39 different nationalities.
At EDHEC, MBA classrooms sit side-by-side with staff offices. And MBA students actively help shape the curriculum.
“It’s us, the students, who’ve helped make the program,” says Nandini Kiran, who relocated from India to pursue an MBA at EDHEC on the French Riviera
“Here, your feedback is taken into account and implemented right in front of your eyes. The courses, the professors, the outcomes, and the schedules, are revised in real time.”
The continuously evolving structure of the EDHEC MBA is what makes it unique. The MBA curriculum responds to evolving trends - with courses on criminal risk management, big data and artificial intelligence - and the school sources expert guest lecturers from all over the world.
“It’s like studying at Wharton or Yale,” Nandini continues. “We get all the top-notch professors from those universities coming over here, giving us their knowledge and experience, first-hand.”
The Economist ranked EDHEC first in France for its career service, and ability to open new career opportunities for its students.
EDHEC’s CareerSMART program - including career coaching, resume workshops and mock interviews – is integrated into the MBA curriculum. Top EDHEC MBA employers include European IT group Amadeus, Amazon and Deloitte. And EDHEC MBAs have access to a 30,000-strong alumni network which stretches across 121 countries.
“The networking opportunities here are amazing,” says American MBA student Illy Wedderburn. “The school partners with different clubs and organizations, like the Professional Women’s Network, allowing me to build contacts with businesswomen in the South of France.”
This summer, Illy worked on a strategy consulting project at Google. Post-MBA, she wants to make a social impact in the non-profit sector. At EDHEC, she’s well-placed to do so. 96% of EDHEC MBAs receive a job offer within three months of graduation.
Like Illy, Jennifer Roh quit her job, left the US, and relocated thousands of miles across the Atlantic to join the EDHEC MBA. She has no regrets.
“There’s nothing that will compare to the time I’ve spent here, the level of education that I’ve received, and the money I’ve invested,” she says. “For me, an immediate return.
“EDHEC is always evolving,” she continues. “It’s not just vision, it’s not just direction or words, there are steps being implemented to back up a strategic plan.”
EDHEC’s success in the Economist’s MBA rankings is the result of a joint effort, between students and staff. And MBA director, Michelle Sisto, is confident that the program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for future career success.
“The program is deeply global in nature,” she says. “The daily exposure to diverse perspectives has strong appeal for future leaders and is a key factor that attracts recruiters to our graduates.”