Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9

Low Pay, Fast Gains From Fudan-MIT MBA

Asian Business School MBA Programs, by the Numbers

School Graduates staying in China (inc. Hong Kong) Job offers by 3 months after graduation Median starting salary Alumni salary after 3 years
Fudan 94% 96% $39,000 $91,000
CEIBS 87% 96% $62,500 $141,000
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 60% (36% HK) 82% $86,000 $133,000
National University of Singapore N/A 99% $63,000 $110,000
Nanyang University, Singapore 80% (Asia inc. China) 84% N/A $111,000

Sources: School data, the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek

As part of Sloan’s Action Labs, eight Sloan students per year work with Fudan MBA students on a consulting project for a Chinese company. Sloan students visit Fudan; Fudan students visit Sloan. Through the program, the MIT students get experience in a global environment, build networks with Fudan students and Chinese businesspeople, and live the Sloan motto “Mens et Manus” – Mind and Hands, Capodilupo says.

David Capodilupo, executive director of international programs, MIT-Sloan

David Capodilupo, executive director of international programs, MIT-Sloan

“You can’t just learn everything in the classroom,” he says. “You have to roll up your sleeves. Not only do they have that with a company but they are also doing that with students from a different culture and background. It’s a bond that I think you will have for the rest of their lives and careers.”

While Fudan offers semester- and week-long overseas exchanges for its candidates, most international students stay at Fudan and take electives instead because they want to maximize their immersion in China, says Evan Chang, who has a BS in economics from the University of Michigan and just received his Fudan-MIT international MBA. Chang came to Fudan because his parents live in Shanghai, and the strong Chinese economy was attractive. He spoke basic Chinese before coming and improved his language skills considerably during the MBA program. Particularly through internships, foreign students are “fully immersed in the Chinese environment,” says Chang, who did internships in Shanghai with Bosch and a Chinese investment management firm during his MBA.

EYEING A BOUNTY IN M&A

He’s now looking for jobs in China and the U.S., and is seeking experience in mergers and acquisitions. “The Chinese economy is really developing,” says Chang, 26. “As China grows there’s going to be a lot of consolidation.”

For Casey Drillette, who headed to China shortly after graduating from Colorado College in 2011 with a BS in political economy, getting thrown into groups with Chinese peers and studying and working with local firms was exactly what she was looking for. “I wanted the experience of working in a classroom with Chinese classmates,” says Drillette, 26. “I wanted to have more experience about how business works in China.”

Drillette, also just graduated with a Fudan MBA, had minored in Asian studies during college, then taught English in China for two years afterward. “I studied Chinese in college but apparently I did a poor job of it because when I got here I couldn’t understand anything,” she says. She took a Chinese language course at a Chinese university in 2013, and, after two years in the Fudan MBA program, she’s nearly fluent.

Drillette is doing business development and account management for a corporate training company in Shanghai, and working as a consultant for an education startup. She plans to stay in China, where she says the thriving entrepreneurship environment and hunger for foreign employees creates a dynamic job market for newly minted MBAs. “I kind of think of China as the new Wild Wild West,” Drillette says. “It’s so incredibly different from the U.S., and things happen really fast. Sometimes it turns out well and sometimes not. You can be really frustrated as well but it’s really exciting here.

‘IT GETS CROWDED, SWEATY, AND TOUCHY’

“There are things that still just drive me insane – when you have 23 million people in one city, it gets crowded, and sweaty, and touchy. But overall, Chinese people are very friendly. They want to get to know you, and they want to share with you their customs and their homes.”

When selecting foreign students, the Fudan SOM offers admission only to candidates who show a strong interest both in China, and in a China-based education, Sun says. Foreign students, once graduated, are well positioned for jobs in China for local and global companies, for work in Chinese companies operating overseas, and for jobs in other countries in firms doing business with China, Sun says. “If you’ve got more knowhow of China’s business, how to do business in China, and at the same time you have the Fudan alumni network, you will have great opportunities,” Sun says.

The Fudan SOM’s position in a large government university means MBAs can access an alumni network that spans disciplines and extends into the hundreds of thousands, on top of 30,000 SOM alumni. And, says Sun, Fudan international MBA grads become affiliated alumni with MIT, and can access MIT and Sloan alumni resources. The MIT alumni organization in Shanghai, for example, regularly sends Fudan-MIT MBA alumni a calendar of events that provide networking opportunities, Sun says.

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