QS Quacquarelli Symonds has just publised its latest report based on 4,318 responses from recruiters who actively hire MBAs. Five schools received the maximum score for employer recognition, identifying them as the leading schools in their region: Harvard and Stanford (North America), INSEAD and London Business School (Europe), and again INSEAD (Asia-Pacific).
The report points to a leading cluster of 33 ‘elite global‘ business schools spread across North America (18), Europe (13) and Asia-Pacific (2). Read more here.
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A booked out Christmas dinner in Lausanne in early December brought together alums of all ages to celebrate the 2013 holiday season at a certain café which is known for procuring the freshest and best Vacherin from the alpine dairies in Gruyère and Fribourg for its unique cheese fondue recipes. It is such an insider tip and so hard to get a table there, we are posting the full report for members-only in the blog.
Several new faces joined the gathering at the Café de l’Evêché for this first Lausanne fondue dinner, according to event organizer, Sébastien Simon [MBA 88D]. The age range was wide, from recent grads to those already on their second or third career. The outdoor terrace behind the Café de l’Evêché is also very special in the summer, a hidden gem. Its tables cannot be had without reserving several weeks in advance, notes Simon. It’s clear that INSEAD Alums not only get insider ideas and fresh knowledge from the world’s thought-leaders at regular events in Switzerland, they also learn about unique places for drinks, dinner, and, since it is Switzerland, fondue, naturally. (Featured image source: MySwitzerland)
Let us continue to champion diversity for it is the key to strengthening individuals, institutions and society. Let us positively impact the world that we live in, inspired and in humility as Mr Mandela did.
INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov remembers Nelson Mandela in the INSEAD community on Yammer (alumni password required). He writes, “Last week we lost Nelson Mandela: a leader whose ideas and life inspired global transformation. Last week we lost Nelson Mandela: a leader whose ideas and life inspired global transformation. A universal symbol of courage and determination in the face of injustice, Mr Mandela’s journey in life was all about equality and freedom. His vision and impact reached far beyond South Africa. His unique, unwavering moral dedication galvanized millions across the world, inspiring them to join in the movement to dismantle apartheid.
Mr Mandela understood the power of unity in diversity. He also understood the meaning of one essential human act – forgiveness. His genius enabled him to bring South Africa together, despite the country’s divisive past. By his example, he reminded us all – everywhere – that forgiveness and understanding prevail. Ultimately, it is stronger than the hardest prison chain. Read more here…
(Image Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation)
Contributed by: Rumyana Dorlas (MBA02), Geneva Chapter Vice President (November 2013)
The Joint Business School “Diamonds Are Forever” Ball is now behind us. With nearly 140 participants, eighty percent of whom were non-INSEADers, it was a truly joint event. The James Bond theme awakened the spy in all attendees.
A Bond Girl welcomed all at the registration desk with an invitation to be photographed in a James Bond or Bond Girl pose, wearing real Bond Girl jewelry designed by Stephen Webster for Skyfall. Live music by a performer arriving fresh “From Russia with Love”, entertained with songs from Bond movies. Her beautiful performance of Skyfall, had some guests thinking Adele was visiting the Domaine de Divonne.
The seated gourmet dinner was a good chance to get to know our fellow alumni better. Bond guns on each table, Bond silhouettes overlooking our shoulder, and just before the “007” desert, a Bond Quiz, on all things James Bond kept to the theme of the evening. Quiz winner, Pierre Guiol (INSEAD MBA, 11) won the Bull and Bear shaped silver cuff links from Stephen Webster Jewelry, who sponsored the event. See the quiz on SlideShare. (Scroll down)
After dinner the choice between dancing, Martini bar (shaken, not stirred) and Casino was difficult. The best gambling skills, turned out to be taught at Kelogg business school whose graduate, Bernd Ehle, won the Casino competition. The DJ did a good job to please all music tastes till the early morning hours, while the restaurant continued endlessly pouring the Bordeaux 2009. The surprise of the evening was that everyone could leave with a printed professional photo taken at the beginning of the evening, some of which we posted here.
The event raised the bar high for next year’s Business School Ball. Stay tuned for the invitation and do not miss the biggest event of the year of Suisse Romande Business School Alumni Associations.