ForbesIE Business School’s International MBA program holds the No. 5 position worldwide among one-year programs in the non-US business school category which forms part of the latest ranking published by US journal Forbes.

The biennial ranking evaluates the return on investment of students who completed their MBA five years ago at business schools around the world.

Forbes includes 3 categories in the ranking: MBA programs run by US schools, one-year MBA programs at schools based outside the US, and two-year programs at non-US schools. IE Business School holds the No. 1 position in Spain and is No. 5 in the one-year programs outside the US. The ranking is based on the time needed to recuperate the investment made in the MBA, coupled with the graduates’ salary progression over the last 5 years.

New International MBA

Earlier this year IE Business School redesigned its International MBA program, now ranked as the No. 2 non-US program by Bloomberg Businessweek (2014 MBA ranking) and No. 4 in Europe by Financial Times (2015 MBA ranking). Ninety percent of the School’s International MBA students are international students, from a total of 65 countries, with an average of 5 years’ professional experience. The program has English and Spanish versions and is designed to permit students to craft their own personalized program based on their interests and career plans. Students can opt to focus on learning to be Creators, with a marked focus on entrepreneurship, or Transformers, if they intend to develop their career as directors in the corporate world. They can also choose from among more than 150 elective courses to further customize their learning experience, and undertake consulting projects or work on social initiatives in South Africa, Ethiopia, Peru or Brazil.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in the Post MBA Long Exchange Program, a 3-month exchange program at their choice of school from among 58 business schools worldwide, including Chicago Booth, Babson College, NYU Stern, London Business School and CKGSB Beijing. Moreover they can extend their contacts  during the Global Network Week, travel with the School’s Venture Lab initiatives to gain an understanding of entrepreneurial eco-systems in other countries, or present their business projects at the Venture Day events held by IE in cities that include Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Mexico D.F., Providence, Berlin, Tokyo and Lisbon. The program offers a total of 66 international destinations where students can further enrich their MBA experience.

IE Business School’s International MBA program also includes professional fitness sessions throughout the program, in which students design a strategy for professional growth and attend sector-specific workshops and events like the Talent Forum, a three-day event with recruiters focused exclusively on IE students.  There is also a special focus on soft skills in the Behavioral Fitness module, designed to improve skills related to leadership, communication, managing high-performance teams, mindfulness, influencing people and change management, all of which play a key role in successful business management.



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