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This blog has moved

Posted by Adcoms on 07 September 2010

After 4 years, we decided it was time to give our blog a makeover.  Please visit our new look blog, complete with a fresh group of London Business School student bloggers from our MBA, Masters in Finance and Masters in Management programmes at London Business School student views.

The new site retains all of the content found on this blog, along with a few new features that we hope you’ll enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you to the new site, and hope you continue to follow the London Business School student experience!

If you link to this blog, please adjust your links accordingly.

We have moved to http://blog.students.london.edu/

 

Congratulations MBA2010!

Posted by Adcoms on 09 July 2010

London Business School is celebrating the graduation of the Full-time MBA class today. Students are joined on campus by friends and family from all over the world to reflect on their achievements from the last 15-21 months

Staff and faculty are proud to celebrate the success of our community. We wish you all the very best in your careers, as they take you all over the world. 

For a taste of today’s celebration watch MBA TV

Inside the classroom - 1 / 3

Posted by Sanjeev on 15 April 2010

First of all thank you everyone for the terrific response to my 3 part series on why i chose London Business School.

From here on i will be kick starting a new series of posts to share insights from my class room experience at London Business School. Bear in mind though that this series is more about my classmates than me and the answer to that will become apparent in due course of time :)

For the first year, the entire MBA cohort is divided into 4 to 5 streams and each stream is divided into study groups of 6 - 7 students. At least for all the core courses in the first year everyone works in their pre-assigned study groups and follows the stream specific lecture schedule. Nothing in my view is more reflective of the class room experience at London Business School than its DIVERSITY!

Below are some raw statistics representing DIVERSITY in my study group of 6

  • 6 nationalities (across north america, europe and asia)
  • 6 professional backgrounds (across consulting, investment banking, software and retail)
  • 3 academic backgrounds (across economics, engineering and computer science)
  • 83.3% males, 17.7% females (in absolute terms 5:1, remember % are generally misleading :)) 

Let me further elucidate the diversity of my study group mates with the following 1-liners 

  • Anastasis - debonair gentleman and leader
  • Balazs - rare blend of IQ and EQ
  • Jeff - whiz kid on track to emulate Buffet
  • Sebastian - entrepreneur who could very well be the next Vijay Mallaya
  • Tatiana - fashion starlet with a gift for congeniality
Stay tuned for the next post in which i will share more such interesting people from my stream.

FT rates LBS MBA Numero Uno!

Posted by sanjeev sharma on 17 February 2010

"Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you've got it, you've lost it."

- E. D. Hulse

Financial Times 2010 MBA Rankings

Second stage application deadline for Full-time MBA beginning in August 2010

Posted by Adcoms on 22 December 2009

If you are considering applying for the autumn 2010 intake, the Stage 2 application deadline is Wednesday 6 January 2010 at 17.00 (UK time).  Please give yourself plenty of time to submit your application and try not to leave it to the last minute. In the hour or so before the deadline the server is extremely busy. Stage 2 candidates will receive notification of whether they have been selected for interview via email on 09 February, and Stage 2 interviewed candidates will receive their final admission decision on 25 March.

If you experience any difficulties in submitting your application please follow the Help links within the online application form, or contact our Admissions Office directly at [email protected] or telephone  +44 (0)20 7000 7525         

Winter closure dates

Please note the MBA Admissions Office will be closed from 17.00 on Tuesday 23 December until 09.00 on Monday 04 January. 

Common applications questions

Q. Do you require original copies of my transcripts?

Yes, but not yet. We only require copies of your academic transcripts at this application stage. If these documents are not in English then you should provide a translation. If you are extended an offer we will require an official paper transcript and a certified or notarised English translation if not in English. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to retract an offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the transcript copy and the original.

We do not require transcripts for courses that did not contribute to a degree.

We prefer applicants to submit transcripts online. Full instructions can be found within the application form. 

Q. Can you confirm receipt of my GMAT/English test score or other supplementary information?

Please do not contact the Admissions Office for confirmation that your references, university transcripts, GMAT or English test scores have arrived.  We receive hundreds if not thousands of items of post during the run up to the application deadline and to confirm the receipt of these would dramatically slow the admission and reviewing process for all candidates. Once all of the information has been opened and collated, should an application be missing any documents the candidate will be contacted by the Admissions team. 

If you are curious as to the status of your references, this can be checked by logging into your online application account and viewing the Referee Status.

Q. My references / transcripts have been delayed and will not arrive until after the deadline. Will you still accept my application in this stage?

If you submit your application by the Stage 2 deadline, we will accept supplementary materials that arrive during the week following this deadline.  If an item is delayed by more than 1 week your application may be moved into the following Stage so that it can be reviewed with using the full information, but you will be contacted beforehand if this is the case. If you do not hear from the Admissions team you should assume that your application is proceeding in Stage 2.

Wishing you a happy 2010 and the best of luck for your application. 

Friday 6 November, Stage 1 interview decision

Posted by Adcoms on 05 November 2009

Thank you for all the applications we received at Stage 1 for the full time MBA class of 2012.  The Admissions Team have been busy reading your applications over the last month and if you have submitted an application, you can expect to receive your decision by the close of business on Friday 6.

All applicants will receive an admissions decision by e-mail.

Good luck!

The MBA Recruitment and Admissions Team

Why I chose London Business School – 3/3

Posted by Sanjeev on 06 October 2009

Honestly I haven’t been more conscious of my financial health until some rudimentary arithmetic allowed me to visualize the impact of pursuing MBA studies on my balance sheet (at least for the duration of the course). The location and duration of your MBA programme (actually prestige of the school too; please don’t label me narcissistic or pretentious for saying so) will have a bearing on the financial squeeze you will face. This is an unavoidable eventuality or should I say a necessary evil (but wasn’t the greed for money the root of all Evil!). The weak dollar and pound in a global economic melt-down did work in my favour!

Leaving aside the financial matters, for me an MBA is a significant social investment too and that brings me to the final dimension governing my choice of business school. By now I had settled for 2 schools from the original list of 8. By virtue of its location, studying in London was a big draw due to proximity (in terms of ease and cost of accessibility) to places of travel in UK and Europe. I had travelled to some place in Europe for work and was enamoured by its old-world charm and history that I found was diminishing in the rapidly modernizing Asian economies. Such diversity was hard to find in North America either.

London Business School is at the heart of cosmopolitan London and offers a vibrant and bustling social life.  Additionally, London Business School offers a plethora of student clubs to hone one’s professional skills and nurture one’s sporting/artistic talents. It may seem like blowing one’s trumpet but check out The Sundowners Club to discover for your-self another unique facet of social life at London Business School.

I knew for the above reasons (please see the previous posts on this topic as well), when I was offered a place on the programme, that I had to look no further.

Why I chose London Business School – 2/3

Posted by Sanjeev on 21 September 2009

If we ascribe to the view that Life is a Journey then an MBA too is essentially a means to an end. With an exception of a few who are genuinely devoted to charitable and social causes, the post-MBA vision (hopefully reality too!) is unequivocally characterized by some tangible manifestation of professional acceleration that improves our economic and social standing.

As expected, leading business schools invest heavily in student career enrichment activities ranging from career counselling (including basics such as resume-writing, interviewing and case-study cracking skills), professional networking initiatives, internship programmes and campus-hiring events. Thus narrowing down the short-list of business schools further to 2-3 schools warranted more than a perfunctory glance at the impressive internship and post-MBA job statistics advertised by these business schools.

The MBA programme at London Business School is different in that its curriculum is interspersed at regular intervals with industry-linked projects such as the Shadowing Project and Second Year Project. This is in addition to internships which are de-rigueur in virtually every MBA programme.  For me it was uncommon to find comparable industry-academia feedback mechanism that will allow me to validate class-room learning with practicality almost continually for the duration of the MBA programme while providing enhanced avenues for professional networking (and source of student-income too :)).

Another important consideration for me was the global reach of the exchange programme at a business school. The International Exchange Programme at London Business School has links with leading schools across the globe (which means more choice for students). The only catch is that only one-third of the MBA class is eligible (based on merit) for it, which is good in a way that it avoids marginalization of the exchange programme as an overseas vacation (though experiencing life at another business school would be the primary motivator for me).

Why I chose London Business School – 1/3

Posted by Sanjeev on 12 September 2009

This series of posts is intended to present an unadulterated insight into my decision process in searching for a business school and resolving the paradox of choice I was faced with.

I view my life as a sum of its experiences – part academic, part professional and part social (not necessarily in equal proportions though; that’s something everyone arbitrarily or innately defines for themselves I believe). Thus my choice of business school was largely governed by the impact of 1-2 years of post-grad business education on me across these dimensions.  

Having lived, studied and worked across Asia I was looking to gain an experiential perspective of society and business in a different geography. I embarked on the search for the right business school by preparing a list of 6 – 8 leading schools from North America and Europe. Given that each of these schools had an equally glorious, renowned and global record of business education (based on research, quality of academics and folklore) it was difficult to tell them apart objectively. Generally speaking I would expect these schools to prescribe similar text-books and readings from the same pool of luminaries and have equally distinguished faculty with ingenious methods of instruction to stretch the intellectual faculties of students.  So I whittled the initial list down to 4-5 schools based on diversity of their student population based on academic, professional and geographic backgrounds. To me greater diversity of the student population meant an incredible and rare opportunity to maximize and accelerate my learning of life’s unwritten teachings from the collective experiences of others.

Below are some statistics that illustrate the richness of student and faculty conversations I was looking for in my MBA programme.

Fact: 1,300 students from 121 countries

Fact: 28,000+ alumni across 120 countries

Fact: 59 languages spoken in a single MBA class

Fact: 89% international students in MBA2009

Fact: 140+ faculty from more than 30 countries.

(Source: London Business School MBA Brochure)

I recommend you take a look at the above brochure for more vivid statistics highlighting the unique composition of the MBA class and get a snapshot of the eminent faculty at London Business School.

MBA TV - Episode twelve

Posted by Adcoms on 24 June 2009

The highlight of the admissions year, Admits Weekend is an opportunity for admitted MBA candidates to meet their future classmates, get a taste of School life and celebrate the start of a life changing experience.

In this episode Marie Lussier, a current MBA student, is your guide to Admits Weekend 2009 as we welcome over 200 Admits and their partners representing 38 nationalities to our campus for a weekend packed full of activities. 

Episode highlights include interviews with

-           MBA2011 Admits

-           Current MBA students

-           Club Representatives

-           MBA Events Manager, Zoe McLoughlin


Are you thinking of applying for an MBA starting 2010?

Find out more about the application process here:

http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/applying.html

It’s the end of term, but its business as usual for the Admissions team over the summer. To get bite size news and updates as they happen follow the MBA Admissions team on Twitter

Friday 22 May, Stage 3 admission decisions deadline

Posted by Adcoms on 22 May 2009

If you have submitted an application in Stage 3 for a place on the Full-time MBA programme, you can expect to receive your decision later today (UK time).

Admission decisions will be sent to all applicants by email.

Good luck!

The Admissions Office

Second stage application deadline for Full-time MBA beginning in August 2009

Posted by Adcoms on 18 December 2008

If you are considering applying for the autumn 2009 intake, the Stage 2 application deadline is Tuesday 6 January 2009 at 17.00 (London time).  Please give yourself plenty of time to submit your application and try not to leave it to the last minute. In the hour or so before the deadline the server is extremely busy. Stage 2 candidates will receive notification of whether they have been selected for interview via email on 12 February, and Stage 2 interviewed candidates will receive their final admission decision on 31 March.

 

If you experience any difficulties in submitting your application please follow the Help links within the online application form, or contact our Information Office directly at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)20 7000 7500

 

Winter closure dates


Please note the MBA Information Office will be closed at 17.00 on Tuesday 23 December and reopen at 9.00 on Friday 2 January.

 

Common applications questions

 

Q. Do you require original copies of my transcripts?

 

Yes, but not yet. We only require copies of your academic transcripts at this application stage. If these documents are not in English then you should provide a translation (your own translation is acceptable at this stage). If you are extended an offer we will require an official paper transcript and a certified or notarised English translation if not in English. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to retract an offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the transcript copy and the original.

We do not require transcripts for courses that did not contribute to a degree.

We prefer applicants to submit transcripts online. Full instructions can be found within the application form.

 

Q. Can you confirm receipt of my GMAT/English test score or other supplementary information?

 

Please do not contact the Admissions Office for confirmation that your references, university transcripts, GMAT or English test scores have arrived.  We receive hundreds if not thousands of items of post during the run up to the application deadline and to confirm the receipt of these would dramatically slow the admission and reviewing process for all candidates. Once all of the information has been opened and collated, should an application be missing any documents the candidate will be contacted by the Admissions team.

If you are curious as to the status of your references, this can be checked by logging into your online application account and viewing the Referee Status.

 

Q. My references / transcripts have been delayed and will not arrive until after the deadline. Will you still accept my application in this stage?

 

If you submit your application by the Stage 2 deadline, we will accept supplementary materials that arrive during the week following this deadline.  If an item is delayed by more than 1 week your application may be moved into the following Stage so that it can be reviewed with using the full information, but you will be contacted beforehand if this is the case. If you do not hear from the Admissions team you should assume that your application is proceeding in Stage 2.

 

Join us for an online chat with current students and members of the admissions team

Posted by Adcoms on 01 December 2008

On Monday 08 December we’re giving you the opportunity to put your questions to current students and members of the admissions team direct from the comfort of your desk during our online chat.

Event details:
•    Date: Monday 08 December
•    Time: 18:00 GMT – 19.30 GMT
•    Where: This event is hosted by Accepted.com

In addition to several members of the MBA Admissions team, our panel of guests includes two current MBA students.

If you are unable to log on for this particular online chat, you will be able to view the transcript online 5 – 7 days after the event.

About our student participants:

Vlad Gudov, MBA2010 student. Vlad is coming to the end of his first term at London Business School and is also an MBA student ambassador. He is originally from Romania where he studied Economics and International Business. Prior to starting the MBA, Vlad worked as a Marketing Research Manager with Ringier Romania. 

Daniela Gruebel, MBA2010 student. Daniela is also an MBA student ambassador who is about to complete the first term of her MBA. Daniela is from Germany where she studied International Business Administration in Wiesbaden. Prior to starting the MBA Daniela worked in the finance sector as Head of Marketing and Communications at LHI Leasing GmbH in Munich. 

Admissions Director David Simpson talks about the full-time MBA application process on clearadmit.com

Posted by Adcoms on 30 October 2008

Admissions Director David Simpson talks about the full-time MBA application process on clearadmit.com
 
Have you have submitted your application for the stage one deadline? Or are you in the process of applying for one of our other deadlines? Either way, if you want to know the insiders view on London Business School’s application process, read on to find out:

• What happens to your application when we get it?
• Advice on completing successful applications and essays
• What to expect at an interview
• Who is a ‘typical’ London Business School student?

Click here to read the full interview.

MBA TV, Episode two

Posted by Adcoms on 23 October 2008

The second episode in our new series of videos is available to view now. With the admissions process for 2009 entrance in full swing we bring you an inside view of the application process. This episode includes an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee on writing stand-out applications and views and advice from our current MBA students.

View the full interview with David Simpson from the MBA Admissions Committee.

We want MBA TV to give you a window into life at London Business School. Features will cover the School community, curriculum highlights, major campus events and club activities. We hope you enjoy our second instalment. If you have any comments or suggestions on content for future episodes, please post them here.