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IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2010, 13:51
Hi guys,
can you explain why many people believe IE rankings are overrated? I have reaad that IE is considered worse than other schools far below in the global charts.
I applied to both cambridge and ie and if I should be admitted to both I would need help and time to decide.
I come from management consulting and my after-MBA objective is to join a top ranked strategy consulting company.
From one side I would follow rankings and the chance to learn spanish by chosing ie; from the other side I would go to cambridge, since i find this school more appealing and its brand could be stronger even for ITALIAN offices of companies like BCG,MCK,atk....

can you help me to understand?
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2010, 16:43
Our clustering thread has link to discussion on IE.
ranks-and-clusterings-of-various-international-b-schools-78320.html

There was also some negative critique of IE here in the past:
ft-rankings-75163.html#p567822
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2010, 09:46
It is usually that people try to deny the rising star, and harm its rising reputation with unknown past impression. Do not fall for that. I would choose IE over Cambridge any time. IE, LBS, and Insead are the best european B schools.
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2010, 01:08
sorry, this is exactly wrong comparison in line with your career goals. Definitely down to Bocconi that overwhelmingly feeds into local offices of MC as u mentioned.
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2010, 02:33
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It is usually that people try to deny the rising star, and harm its rising reputation with unknown past impression. Do not fall for that. I would choose IE over Cambridge any time. IE, LBS, and Insead are the best european B schools.


@ Peterson, what are your reasons for choosing IE over Cambridge? Surely Cambridge has a better global reputation?
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2010, 11:51
Hello everybody. As I hoped, I am in at IE and JBS, that is why I created this topic. I have been reading stuff on the internet and in this forum and I've decided to go to cambridge. Despite of the rankings I believe it is far better than IE.
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 23:03
Ippo,

Congrats on the admit to the two schools! And on making the tough decision.

I'm starting to look into MBA programs and Cambridge is definitely on the list. Can you provide any suggestions on the application process? And since I'm sure you've done considerable research on the school (and have probably visited), any thoughts on the school and program in general? Thanks :)
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 03:45
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I'm starting to look into MBA programs and Cambridge is definitely on the list. Can you provide any suggestions on the application process? And since I'm sure you've done considerable research on the school (and have probably visited), any thoughts on the school and program in general? Thanks :)


Look here: http://gmatclub.com/forum/oxbridge-2010-applicants-80925.html
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 04:29
I think the ranking are overrated for IE. But I still decide to go to IE for their dual degree program with MIT in MBA and MEng in Supply Chain and Logistics dual degree. I think many people might question IE as the most over rated b-school in Spain, at least some of my Spanish friends at MIT think so, but no one will question MIT as the best school in Supply Chain and Logistics. In US, ranking don't mean much when you are in an elite group. For example, comparing MIT to Harvard or Yale or Columbia.... There are no commanding lead in salary nor reputation. I think when choosing the right school, you really have to check your goal. If your goal is to open doors to European market with a European MBA. I think IE or any other non-English speaking countries are better than college's in UK because I am from a English speaking country, USA. And vise-versa. Then you identify and choose the best fit school for you base on your career goal. I want to work in Supply Chain, therefore IE's dual degree program out weights everything else. I think IE belong to the elite European b-schools because it was consistently ranked as one of the best b-school in Europe, not a one year wonder, and its status of elite b-school was confirmed by top ranked schools such as MIT, Northwestern, Browns, Trufts, etc. I don't think any of these school will partner with a lousy school.
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 12:15
Why are the placement numbers for IE so low? Businessweek has them at 42% for first offers by graduation. This seems especially low.
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Re: IE Vs Cambridge [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 12:52
Replacement number don't reflect the school as much as you think in top ranked schools. It really depends on you. Personally, I never have any problem with job offers. It really depends on your network, area of interest, when you start your job hunt, and your flexibility such as location, compensation, etc. For example, if you want to get into energy industry, you have to have either few years of experience in this industry or a network in this industry. I know many people who don't network, at MIT Sloan, and wondering why they can't break into that industry. For IE, majority of people in that program want to start their own company. Usually, they are looking for VCs and Angels instead of looking for a job. When I graduated from Georgia Tech as an undergrad, me and my partner were busy setting up my own company. I guess both of us was reported without a placement even though we make more money than most people coming out our program. So it really depends on you, not their replacement program :)
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