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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 06:23
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Does anyone else wonder why said requires Toefl for international students (Nigerians in this case)? While i understand the requirement for applicants who do not have English as their first language, I can't possibly fathom why some of us who've been educated in English all our lives have to write yet another test to prove it. Why don't they just use the Gmat and our essays? Or am I missing something?
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 10:58
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Hi All,

I have a pretty basic question regarding MBA courses. I've been trying to do some research on the courses offered at schools, including Oxford and Cambridge. However, other than the uni websites i havnt been able to get much information on a few topics, such as whether these colleges are Quant intensive or not, or for which streams they are most sought after (such as finance, marketing, etc).

Could anyone point out a good place to look at for information regarding what these schools mostly focus on in their course and what they are most known for. Are there any websites, blogs, forums that might be helpful with respect to this?

Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 00:36
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Thank you acer2knight and CambridgeMBA for the helpful pointers. That really helps!
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 00:42
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Does anyone know what questions are asked to recommenders by Oxford? I would like to avoid discussing those points on my part and concentrate on other supplementary aspects if some details are covered by recommenders already? Any help is much appreciated!
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 00:52
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I can't comment on Oxford's recommendation form, but at Cambridge, we ask for two references, one a supervisor and the other a peer. The recommenders have to rank candidates on the following factors :-
i. integrity
ii. Ability to work with others
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iv. Motivation
v. Self-confidence
vi. Analytical Skills
vii. Written Communication Skills
viii. Oral Communication skills
ix. Leadership potential
x. Responsbility for Own Action
xi. Quant numerical skills

Recommenders then have to elaborate or provide concrete examples in any quality that they had rated below average, outstanding or exceptional.
They also describe what they like most and least about the candidate, any particular weaknesses of the candidate when working with supervisors and peers, and what will the candidate be doing in 10 years' time.

The bottomline is that we want to get a better idea of the candidate in the workplace, and how he or she works in groups. At Cambridge, we feel very strongly that collaborative leadership will be the most effective form of leadership as the world becomes more networked so it is very important to find candidates who display such qualities in their workplace.

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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 01:02
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Thanks Conrad. That is very helpful. :-D
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 11:21
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Hi guys, Is a photograph of the candidate required in Oxbridge online applications?? If yes, then which section has this uploading option?
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 10:03
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Conrad,

My recommenders are not clear about the "peer group" and "size of peer group". They are business clients and can compare me with very broad and general (all young executives i have ever known, 1000s of those) or very narrow and specific peer groups (all vendors i work with in a year, 24).

Can you please provide some guidance on this?

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I can't comment on Oxford's recommendation form, but at Cambridge, we ask for two references, one a supervisor and the other a peer. The recommenders have to rank candidates on the following factors :-
i. integrity
ii. Ability to work with others
iii. Creativity
iv. Motivation
v. Self-confidence
vi. Analytical Skills
vii. Written Communication Skills
viii. Oral Communication skills
ix. Leadership potential
x. Responsbility for Own Action
xi. Quant numerical skills

Recommenders then have to elaborate or provide concrete examples in any quality that they had rated below average, outstanding or exceptional.
They also describe what they like most and least about the candidate, any particular weaknesses of the candidate when working with supervisors and peers, and what will the candidate be doing in 10 years' time.

The bottomline is that we want to get a better idea of the candidate in the workplace, and how he or she works in groups. At Cambridge, we feel very strongly that collaborative leadership will be the most effective form of leadership as the world becomes more networked so it is very important to find candidates who display such qualities in their workplace.

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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 12:36
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Will apply to Oxford and Cambridge in R2.
By the way, any idea about Cranfield SOM and Manchester Business School?
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 15:22
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Hi, I participated at a Preview Day at Cranfield, applied to and was accepted with scholarship.
I think they have a very strong academic program, centered on case studies/debates and leadership development. Also they have an amazing effective career service, with strong connections in industry - maybe less in consulting and financial services; they might lack the "wow" factor of the brand of other MBA programs and the breath of alumni network it relative limited.

Thanks. that info is helpful. am planning on keeping Cranfield in the safety net. its ranked amongst the top 20 B-Schools globally.Moreover, there is no application fee.
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 08:38
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Here is my profile:
27 years/Female/ Indian
Undergrad: Engineering, India
1 year Long Distance executive program done from IIMC
Total Work Ex: 5+ years (IT Sector)
International Work Ex: 2 months (US)
GMAT: 650 (q48,v31)
low gpa

What are my chances of Oxbridge ? :arrow:
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 08:47
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Hi, I participated at a Preview Day at Cranfield, applied to and was accepted with scholarship.
I think they have a very strong academic program, centered on case studies/debates and leadership development. Also they have an amazing effective career service, with strong connections in industry - maybe less in consulting and financial services; they might lack the "wow" factor of the brand of other MBA programs and the breath of alumni network it relative limited.


Could you kindly give me an idea of your profile. I am open to joining Cranfield, especially if it comes with scholarship. Sine you were admitted to Cranfield your profile wiould give me a rough idea on the kind of students who get admitted in Cranfield
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Could you kindly give me an idea of your profile. I am open to joining Cranfield, especially if it comes with scholarship. Sine you were admitted to Cranfield your profile wiould give me a rough idea on the kind of students who get admitted in Cranfield


Here is my small profile: 2010-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-78475-140.html#p692426
Please let's keep here the discussion only about Cambridge and Oxford - on which I'm happy to help - and to transfer all Cranfield-related questions to a Cranfield'11 stream. Thanks! :)
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shekharvineet wrote:
Could you kindly give me an idea of your profile. I am open to joining Cranfield, especially if it comes with scholarship. Sine you were admitted to Cranfield your profile wiould give me a rough idea on the kind of students who get admitted in Cranfield


Here is my small profile: 2010-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-78475-140.html#p692426
Please let's keep here the discussion only about Cambridge and Oxford - on which I'm happy to help - and to transfer all Cranfield-related questions to a Cranfield'11 stream. Thanks! :)

Thanks. I really appreciate it.
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 12:45
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Well that's round 1 closed for both, got both my applications in. Good luck to anyone else who's applied this round.

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Hi...just had a question regarding interview decisions for Said and Judge. As per the schedule for the 1st round, the interview decisions are to come out on Oct 29th of Said while the interview dates for Cambridge is Nov 5th and 8th. Does it then mean that the interview decision for all R1 applicants will be made available on those date - not before or after?

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Hi...just had a question regarding interview decisions for Said and Judge. As per the schedule for the 1st round, the interview decisions are to come out on Oct 29th of Said while the interview dates for Cambridge is Nov 5th and 8th. Does it then mean that the interview decision for all R1 applicants will be made available on those date - not before or after?

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I'm not sure but I think last year each of the published Oxford dates was the day everyone heard but the wording suggests you may be contacted sooner. I guess that Cambridge will contact people at the latest by a similar date as they only have the two interview dates in early Nov and people are going to need to arrange travel etc.
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Hi...just had a question regarding interview decisions for Said and Judge. As per the schedule for the 1st round, the interview decisions are to come out on Oct 29th of Said while the interview dates for Cambridge is Nov 5th and 8th. Does it then mean that the interview decision for all R1 applicants will be made available on those date - not before or after?

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I'm not sure but I think last year each of the published Oxford dates was the day everyone heard but the wording suggests you may be contacted sooner. I guess that Cambridge will contact people at the latest by a similar date as they only have the two interview dates in early Nov and people are going to need to arrange travel etc.


I got an email confirmation from Oxford letting me know that all my documents have been filed and complete and that they'd get back to me soon after the deadline date of 29th October. So sounds like the deadline date is the start of the announcements.
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Has anyone received any application completeness mail from Cambridge?
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 19:54
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Has anyone received any application completeness mail from Cambridge?



I got the below mail

"Thank you for your interest in the Cambridge MBA programme. This e-mail is an acknowledgement of the successful receipt of your application. We appreciate the time and effort that you have invested in your application and we will review it and inform you of our decision as soon as possible after the respective deadline date, as posted on our website."

However I'm not sure what deadline date is. Nov 5 is mentioned as the interview date. When will we get notified about interview? Any Idea?
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