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Matt is chief editor of MBA50.com, a website dedicated to the world's outstanding business schools. He is an internationally recognised business and graduate school expert, consulting to the world’s top business schools, and has written for many of the world’s leading publications including : Forbes, The Economist, BusinessWeek, BBC, Newsweek, CNBC, America Economia, Washington Post, The Independent, Boston Globe, Handelsblatt, 21st Century Herald, South China Morning Post, Vedomosti, San Francisco Chronicle, Expansion, Beijing Daily. Matt was Co-Founder of the QS World MBA Tour Matt is co-author of Getting the M.B.A. Admissions Edge, a B-school admissions bestseller sponsored by Goldman Sachs and McKinsey. His new individual school guides will be available in the fall.
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France looks to the big league

(published in The Economist, November 2011) Plans to create a French Ivy League are part of the biggest shake-up in French higher education since students threw cobbled stones in les évènements of 1968. Championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, the idea is to spend €7.7 billion ($10.6 billion) to produce a handful of world-class universities which can compete … Continue reading

Creativity and business studies: From liquid raviolis to illiquid businesses

(published in The Economist, Oct 2011) At its peak, Ferran Adria’s elBulli restaurant in Spain was fielding 2m requests for one of the 8,000 dining places it made available each season. It seemed an unstoppable success. Customers were clamoring to pay €250 for a 30-course meal of such delights as liquid raviolis, caviar made from … Continue reading

Reasons to be cheerful – MBA job market bounces back

(published in CNBC Business, Sept 2011) The global economic crisis is not over yet. Just talk to any member of the Spanish, Portuguese, Irish or Greek governments if you need confirmation. But it does seem as if the worst might be behind us. And that means job prospects for professionals and managers throughout the world … Continue reading

Changing Careers: B-School Can Help Only So Much

(published in BusinessWeek, Aug 2011) Celebrities like Tyra Banks are enrolling in B-schools to reinvent themselves, but how much they help—the famous or inconspicuous—is debatable. No matter how good you are at what you do, sometimes it’s time to change direction. Yao Ming might have had a pretty good run as one of the world’s … Continue reading

Shaking the MBA Martini: Diversity is the New Cocktail

(published in Forbes, August 2011) Her Majesty’s Secret Service is not a typical feeder to the world’s top business schools. But assuming that James Bond could ace the GMAT and provide enough non-classified information in his essays to satisfy the admissions team of his significant accomplishments, then many MBA programs would welcome his perspective on … Continue reading

Going global: A New Breed of Executive MBA

(published in Forbes, Aug 2011) The world’s top full-time MBA programs have enjoyed several years of rising applicant numbers, fuelled by the struggling economy and strong international demand, notably from Asia. But with an improving global jobs market, many schools are now seeing a fall in full-time MBA applications. However, what may be bad news … Continue reading

Horizontes europeos para los MBAs

(published in AmericaEconomia, Aug 2011) ¿El mercado para la educación de negocios está empezando a moverse? El predominio de las escuelas de negocios estadounidenses ha sido puesto a una dura prueba en los últimos años, y los últimos datos sugieren que los postulantes de América Latina están mostrando mayor interés en los programas en Europa Occidental … Continue reading

The military and MBAs: Business on the front line

(published in The Economist, July 2011) THE trail from the military to business school is well yomped. A life in the armed forces teaches many lessons, but marketing, finance and entrepreneurship are rarely among them. So veterans looking for a move into the commercial world often need a crash course in the basics. But when … Continue reading

Liberal arts: The broad strokes that paint a vivid future

(published in The Independent, July 2011) “When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut.” Such clear-minded career planning is a rare commodity these days, and though many teenagers may aspire to success in the music industry, or naturally gravitate towards working with computers, their decision about what they want to do later in … Continue reading

The Usual Suspects

(published in CNBC Business, July 2011) When employment lawyer Thijs Glasz wanted to broaden the scope of his career outside of the law, the logical step was to join an MBA programme at a major international business school. But if he expected to be rubbing shoulders with fellow legal professionals, he was soon to be … Continue reading

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