Spotlight on the South Korean MBA

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South Korea doesn’t sound like the obvious option for MBA students, but business schools see considerable interest from international students with 30 per cent of students coming from abroad according to a Business Because report.

South Korea is fast developing into a global education hub. Its capitol Seoul is known as both a study abroad destination for Westerners as well as a destination for ESOL teachers and global trade, Business Because reported recently.

In the centre of the international attention is Sungkyunkwan University’s SKK Graduate School of Business (SKK GSB) in Seoul. The business school advertises heavily with its Financial Times (FT) ranking in the top 100 business schools worldwide clearly showcasing its high interest in foreign and in particular western students that want a taste of Asia. Already, 30 per cent of full-time MBA students at the Korean school are international.

The Financial Times ranking placed SKK GSB at number 54 in the world on its Global MBA rankings (number 51 in 2013), as well as at number one in Korea and number eleven in Asia. The FT praised the school particularly in terms of globalisation, programme diversity, and career development. Its attractiveness also comes from the fact that the school offers an English-language curriculum and works with international partners like Indiana Kelley, MIT Sloan, Dartmouth Tuck, HKUST Business School, and IE Business School, among others. The school also attracts students interested in the Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung, as the company is the school’s main corporate partner.


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