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I have been admitted to IMD; INSEAD and HEC PARIS. From HEC PARIS, I also received a 14 k € scholarship. I can not apply for INSEAD scholarship as I was a fourth-round applicant. As for IMD on the other hand, the decision for scholarships will be in October. I am especially indecisive between IMD and INSEAD. INSEAD has the brand, for certain. No comparison can be drawn with the global validity of INSEAD versus IMD. On the other hand, the genuine approach to assessment displayed by IMD gained my respect to a great deal. They invest definitely a lot to choose right candidates through carrying out a detailed full day on campus assessment. Furthermore, Switzerland is an appealing target market for me to seek jobs after an MBA. Moreover, a small class size may be an appealing deciding factor in terms of landing jobs. What do you guys think? Does "brand equity" rule out every other factor?

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Congratulations man ! A very good problem to have indeed. HEC is out for sure. Between INSEAD and IMD, a simple choice is to go for INSEAD. But you should dive deep into the school to choose the best fit for you. Brand reputation does matter but IMD is not that far below to discard it easily. I like the way you are comparing the two schools and I think you have already answered your question here. If your target market is Switzerland, then this reason alone makes IMD a better choice. Make a list of what's more important to you and hopefully you'll have the answer.
You can't go wrong either way ! :-)

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First of all, well done.

Second, and leaving HEC out just because of your preferences, I think you have slightly different value propositions here, so it is for you to weight what you value the most.

IMD: Slightly older crowd, fair amount of past MBA level professionals who live in Switzerland ticking the box, and unbeatable placement in Switzerland. If you are at MBA level, you can greatly benefit with a lot of sponsored guys going back to the companies in the country you want to be in, because they will probably help you.

INSEAD: Younger crowd, better social life, broader job placement in sector/geography, bigger % of job seekers, and a vast majority of the sponsored guys will come only from consulting. You will have broader opportunities, more industries recruiting, and a much better social life. Lausanne is pretty unremarkable IMO.

I think if you know exactly what you want, and it is Switzerland and industry (I'd check placement reports but I think it is where most grads go), go for IMD. If want to explore a bit more, have more opportunities in other geographies and have a wider array of sectors, go to INSEAD.

And now, my completely biased last remark, go to INSEAD. I loved it, you'll do too.

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First of all, well done.

Second, and leaving HEC out just because of your preferences, I think you have slightly different value propositions here, so it is for you to weight what you value the most.

IMD: Slightly older crowd, fair amount of past MBA level professionals who live in Switzerland ticking the box, and unbeatable placement in Switzerland. If you are at MBA level, you can greatly benefit with a lot of sponsored guys going back to the companies in the country you want to be in, because they will probably help you.

INSEAD: Younger crowd, better social life, broader job placement in sector/geography, bigger % of job seekers, and a vast majority of the sponsored guys will come only from consulting. You will have broader opportunities, more industries recruiting, and a much better social life. Lausanne is pretty unremarkable IMO.

I think if you know exactly what you want, and it is Switzerland and industry (I'd check placement reports but I think it is where most grads go), go for IMD. If want to explore a bit more, have more opportunities in other geographies and have a wider array of sectors, go to INSEAD.

And now, my completely biased last remark, go to INSEAD. I loved it, you'll do too.


Can you elaborate on what you said about sponsored students at IMD? I've reviewed their class books and at most it's a few students that are listed as sponsored out of each class of 90.

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Got a work colleague from IMD and it was her impression, she said that they had a fair number of sponsored students, going back to more senior positions than regular MBA grads, as they were a bit older. IMD was not a target school for me and didn't go through their student book, so apologies if wrong.

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