In a recent story in the Independent, Diane Morgan, the associate dean of the London Business School, said that she hopes to recruit more women in this year’s MBA recruitment process – so that women represent 30% of the total intake. While the increase is somewhat marginal (LBS’ percentage of women students is currently at 28%,) Morgan’s announcement does reflect a larger trend where business schools are beginning to appreciate the idea of gender diversity, and taking proactive steps to equalize the playing field.
There’s been a lot of recent press on CEIBS – mainly about how this Shanghai school is shooting to become one of the top business schools in the world (see “A Chinese B-school vies for Harvard status” from Forbes)
CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) was founded in 1994, and has since become one of the top business schools in Asia. It made headlines in 2009 when it became the first Asian business school to land in the Financial Times’ top ten list of global MBA programs.
Clarissa Tan left her native Singapore to pursue an MBA at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. We asked her about her aspirations, and how it’s been observing the financial crisis through a Chinese lens.
Why did you decide to do an MBA in China?
I wanted to switch careers from business unit control (primarily accounting and control) to private equity. There is substantial and increasing private equity activity in China compared to Singapore, which is why I am committed to building a career in China.
By doing an MBA in China, I can re-tool my skill sets, gain some China-specific knowledge of its economy and industries, and network with China-focused individuals. Doing an MBA in China also gives me adequate time and opportunity to form friendships and bonds in China.
Has studying in China given you a unique perspective on global finance?
Yes, studying in China has given me a unique perspective on global finance. One example is to learn about and to see first-hand the Chinese perspective on the current financial crisis.