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China- Destination For MBA Students
The cheung kong graduate school of business in china is gaining popularity among several mba students at the indian school of business, hydrabad.
Its a fascination, which is fast going to spread to other Indian campuses. Earlier, while most Indian students were drawn to the West (read the US and Europe), the focus has now shifted to the Asia Pacific. And what better place than Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China, where in order to get in you need an average GMAT score in excess of 680, so the MBA composition at Cheung Kong is better than that at any other Asian B-school.

Crazy about China
To satisfy the high demand, ISB has recently entered into a student exchange agreement with Cheung Kong. Other than the Kellogg School of Management (USA) and the London Business School (UK), an ISB student now can choose to complete one semester study at any of the following B-schools: Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan; Kenan-Flagler Business School, USA; Graduate School of Business, South Africa; HEC School of Management, France; The Garvin School of International Management, US; Darden School of Business, US; Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Israel; Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fur Unternehmens- fuhrung, Germany and the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, US.

Students speak
Says Shilpa Bajoria, 26, who has nearly six years of experience in the IT industry in the US and India, "I already have a good exposure to the business practices of the West. This time, I realised I needed an Eastern focus to get a good balance." She is also not averse to taking up a job in China after completing her one-year MBA programme at ISB, if the opportunity presents itself, although she would be more keen on a travelling assignment.

Another student gearing up for a short stint in the mainland is her batchmate Abhinav Bhatnagar, 23, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from IIT-Delhi, who was working as a Team Lead with a KPO in Gurgaon before deciding to take a study break for an MBA at ISB.

"We were into some hi-end financial services business and I realised that in order to move up faster, I would have to equip my self with some management-related skills," he explains. Like Bajoria, hes chosen Cheung Kong because he sees a lot of synergy between two of the worlds most populous nations. "I thought I would be able to leverage this synergy only if I gain some first-hand experience of the business practices there."

Both Bhatnagar and Bajoria are leaving for China on October 10 and returning on November 18. The selection procedure at ISB for these exchange programmes is rather rigorous. "There are a round of interviews, at which the faculty tries to match our inclination and our profile to the available opportunities in a particular destination," explained Bajoria.
Posted on : 8/11/2005
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