Students from around the world arrived on IESE's campus in Barcelona this week to embark on "Orientation Week" and the school's full-time MBA program. Throughout the intensive week, they take part in diverse activities and meet with IESE professors, staff members and fellow classmates.
Among the key topics covered during the week are teamwork and the case method, which are essential aspects of the IESE MBA experience. During the program, students analyze business cases in small groups, with colleagues from diverse nationalities. The Harvard-originated case-based learning approach is ideally suited for developing managerial decisionmaking skills and leadership capabilities.
Also during Orientation Week, students delve into career planning issues and network with IESE alumni. They will also visit Barcelona and the city's famous Palau de la Musica Catalana.
IESE's full-time MBA is highly global in focus and diversity in terms of students' nationalities, experience and backgrounds is an important program asset. The program addresses business problems from a general management perspective, while emphasizing personal and professional growth. Roughly 80 percent of the class is international. Students have the option (not mandatory) to acquire another language, Spanish.