Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
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
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
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

What Is The Matter With IPADE? Nothing, Really

Andrea Maggi, of Italy, is a first-year MBA student at IPADE, the only European student in his cohort. Marc Ethier photo

IPADE’s MBA students aren’t likely to badmouth their chosen school. That in mind, they seemed genuinely happy and engaged, as observed on a tour of IPADE’s Mexico City campus on a recent Friday in February.

One of those students, cramming a case minutes before class, was Andrea Maggi, a native of the Adriatic port city of Bari, Italy. Maggi, whose family has a catering business in southern Italy that does wedding and other events, had lived in Australia for two years and decided he wanted to experience Latin America. In particular, he wanted to study and live somewhere in the Spanish-speaking world.

“I found out that this is the best option in Latin America, so I applied and I started the enrollment process, and in the end I came out a year, actually. I just applied online and we went through the process and I was successful.”

Nearing the end of his first year, Maggi says the coursework is demanding but the experience has been rewarding.

“I struggled getting on the pathway with this program because it’s really, really demanding. You develop the strength necessary to manage it — even if sometimes in the morning you rush to finish reading your case!”

DISCOVERING SKILLS THAT WERE DORMANT

The IPADE campus in Mexico City is centered by a 17th-century hacienda. Marc Ethier photo

Marco Blanco Phillips of San Jose, Costa Rica worked in the automotive industry before coming to IPADE. Working for Audi, he saw B-school as a chance to develop himself as a professional in a larger economy, to increase his network, and to learn the tools he would need to be involved in strategic decisions in a company.

Phillips turned to IPADE because of “the excellent connection of the school with the business leaders in México and Latin America, and with the business environment in general, the program and the reputation of the school,” he tells Poets&Quants. So far, the experience hasn’t been a disappointment. Phillips graduates in June. 

“The experience has been life-changing, full of personal and intellectual challenges,” he says. “I have learned many things about myself and discovered new skills that were dormant in me.”

Will Phillips, like most IPADE graduates, stay in Mexico after collecting his MBA? Maybe, he says. He did his internship in Mexico City, but he did his exchange in Brazil, and that country is entering what many see as an economic boom.

I am currently looking for opportunities in Brazil because I felt very comfortable in the country and with the culture,” Phillips says. “Besides, the economy is growing and there is much opportunity. Mexico is still a good second option for me, too, since I already know the country and have worked for a company here in Mexico City.” However, he adds, Wages in Mexico are not very high.”

His advice to anyone considering IPADE? Learn Spanish. “Speaking the language is vital if a foreign student wants to have real chances of finding permanent work and growth opportunities in Mexico,” Phillips says. 

‘IN MEXICO, YOU CAN HAVE A FASTER DEVELOPMENT IN CAREER’

Most IPADE graduates stay in Mexico after finishing their MBA. Will Andrea Maggi be one of them?

“Maybe,” he says. “I think for the beginning it would be wise to stay in Mexico to (capitalize on) the name of the business school. And more than that I think when you are in Mexico, you can have a faster development in career. This is my point of view.”

Already a world traveler, Maggi will see even more of the globe through IPADE’s mandatory exchange program in the fifth quarter, or October to December of his second year.

“I would love to go to New York City, to NYU, because it’s my dream city, but I also wouldn’t mind to go to South America because I’ve never been there,” he tells P&Q. “And there is a program in Argentina where I would have the opportunity to travel a bit as well. We have two years that are very intense, and three months’ exchange program; if I can travel for one and a half months, it would be great.

“Also, because then we start working and then it’s all over, the traveling and stuff. For fun, I mean; then you have to travel for work.”

On the IPADE campus. Marc Ethier photo

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