2016/2017 was another great year for INSEAD Degree Programmes, with our second #1 global MBA ranking from the Financial Times and revenues exceeding €100 million for the first time in the school’s history.

MBA Programme

Although we paused briefly to celebrate our second time at the top of the FT rankings in January, much of the academic year was taken up with preparations for the launch of the new MBA curriculum in September 2017. In fact, the students recruited as ‘curriculum pioneers’ to the MBA Class of 2018J turned out to have the highest GMAT scores in INSEAD’s history. Along with the previous intake (MBA’17D), they also have the highest ever percentage of women, including our first female students from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Madagascar.

However, as we enter our 50th anniversary year of accepting female students at INSEAD, we realise we have more to do and hope that the iW50 celebrations will result in even more women joining future MBA classes.

Rollout of the new curriculum continues, with the online ‘P0’ (Period 0) due to supplement the already introduced new content and leadership coaching.

In July 2017, we held our second grand summer graduation ceremony at the Château de Fontainebleau. It was every bit as successful as the first, especially the live streaming for those unable to attend. Equally impressive was the December 2016 graduation ceremony, held in the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Our largest ever graduation in Asia was made even more moving by a procession of alumni from the pioneer Singapore MBA class of December 2000.

Executive degree programmes

The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) continues to grow in popularity with every year. In 2016/2017, we enhanced the well-known Leadership Development Programme (LDP), a feature shared with the Tsinghua-INSEAD MBA (TIEMBA). The two programmes, which come together for elective sessions in Fontainebleau every summer, also had their first joint graduation ceremony, at the National University of Singapore in December 2016. Just two months earlier, INSEAD was the only business school in the world to have two Executive MBA programmes ranked in the Financial Times’ global top five.

We are particularly pleased that applications to TIEMBA remained buoyant in 2016/2017, despite the introduction of stringent new admission requirements by the Chinese government. Similarly, applications for the Executive Master in Finance exceeded our expectations. This unique post-experience, two campus, modular programme for working finance professionals originally grew out of a collaboration with Macquarie Bank. Following a relaunch and rebranding in 2016/2017, it is taking off in terms of popularity and recognition throughout the finance industry.

Meanwhile the Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change (EMCCC) continues to go from strength to strength. Its distinctive application of psychodynamic methods to business practice strikes a chord with a wide range of talented participants from all ages and backgrounds.

2017 was a memorable year for INSEAD in the international rankings. We topped some of the most prestigious tables, including:
MBA Programme in the World (for the second year in a row) - Financial Times
Best International MBA - Bloomberg Business week
MBA Programme in Europe by Number of Founders Produced - Pitchbook
Highest Return on Investment of any MBA Programme in the World - Forbes Magazine

Department restructuring

To build on our position of strength and respond to an increasingly competitive global market, the management of Degree Programmes has been reorganised. In addition to two programme-specific teams for MBA and Executive Degrees, we now have a single cross-programme, global marketing team with specialist expertise in this increasingly technical function, and a world class multi-campus Career Development Centre. The new marketing structure is designed to respond more effectively to the needs of potential applicants.