Interview with CEO & Senior Associate Director of The MBA Tour

 | August 20,2010 12:09 pm IST

The MBA Tour organizes conferences with the world's top business programs for MBA Aspirants the world over. The upcoming events in India this September will feature 35 Business Schools from the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.


We conducted an interview with Peter von Loesecke, CEO of The MBA Tour, and Meredith Curtin Siegel, Senior Associate Director and India Tour Leader, to describe the key benefits of attending an MBA Conference and provide some insight into the MBA decision process.


1. What does The MBA Tour provide for Business Schools and prospective MBA students in India?

The MBA Tour allows direct interaction between applicants and Admissions Directors. Our events enable prospective MBAs to meet the decision makers and provide the opportunity for schools to communicate their admissions policies, give information about their programs, and specifically, how they can benefit Indian students.

2. What B-schools do you work with?

We work with a breadth of top business programs from around the world. Some of the schools attending our events in India this year are London Business School, ESADE, Cornell, NYU, Duke, Berkeley, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, UCLA, University of Southern California, and many others.


3. What cities are you traveling to and when?

Our India tour this year starts in New Delhi on September 29, then stops in Chennai on October 1, followed by Bangalore on October 4 and ends in Mumbai on October 6.


More details on these events, including location and time are listed on our website:


4. How do prospective MBAs benefit from attending a MBA Conference in India?

Our events allow for personal interactions between prospective candidates and Admissions Directors. The program format of seminars, round-table discussions and an MBA fair insures every prospective candidate the opportunity to speak personally with a business school representative.


The activities at our events are dedicated to helping future MBA applicants make the best possible choices for their goals. Our information sessions, panels, and round-tables are conducted by admissions representatives, so that these sessions help attendees to learn more about the people and B-schools present at our fairs.


5. How should prospective MBAs in India choose the best programs for them?

It is important that prospective applicants research schools based on their career goals and personal interests. They should look for schools that meet their individual and professional needs and not base their decisions solely on rankings. Rankings only tell part of the story, not the whole story.


6. What kind of experience do B-schools expect from prospective applicants?

Top business programs look for applicants who have work experience demonstrating managerial responsibility, leadership skills, and a track record of performance.


7. What resources does The MBA Tour offer for Indian MBA applicants?

Besides the opportunities provided at our events, The MBA Tour offers a student website with school information and statistics, as well as valuable information to assist MBA aspirants with the application process.


8. Why should I choose an MBA overseas, not in India?

Choosing where to go to business schools depends on a person's goals. There are different opportunities that are attached to each choice. Studying in India might allow you to continue to work and study, so the economic cost isn't as high as going abroad. Staying in India also keeps you connected to a local professional network.




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