We had an excellent Q&A last week with Jean-Marie Winikates and Nita Sinsick, admissions directors at IE. The excerpt below summarized key differences between the international IE experience and the typical US b-school experience:
Linda Abraham: IE obviously is a leading international business school. It is located in Spain. What distinguishes the IE experience from the typical US business school experience?
Jean-Marie Winikates: If you look at IE being a European school versus the US schools, there are a few things that really differentiate all programs. I would say it comes down to professorship, participants, and the actual program itself. So I would say from a professorship standpoint, one of the unique things that we offer that most US schools do not offer as extensively would be the number of international professors that we have. 50% of our professors are actually international and they are of 23 different nationalities. And we have over 500 different professors that teach at our school, and all of them work on applied research or some kind of consulting.
In terms of our participants, we are 89% international even though we are based in Madrid, Spain. We have offices located throughout the world, more than 25 of them now, and we are able to recruit people from all over the world. So 89% of the participants are international. We represent 75 nationalities in the course, and most of them are multi-lingual in some way. So you have a unique experience from that perspective.
And the last thing would really be the program. The format is accelerated, so most of our programs are 13 months in length, so it’s faster than the typical two-year program that you see here in the US. And those are probably the biggest things that differentiate our school from the US schools.
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