Non-US MBA schools target students turned off by Donald Trump
American institutions deny the controversial president will hurt their intake
That was the headline of the FT today, link to full article is: https://www.ft.com/content/45d10586-d7fc-11e6-944b-e7eb37a6aa8e
Although US schools deny that there is any correlation to student numbers, I disagree. The trend that we are seeing at GMATZurich is towards UK schools, and this is mostly on valuation. The pound’s post Brexit plunge makes a UK education a bargain. Both MBA and Master’s applications are strongly up. Of course the top choices remain LBS and LSE, but Imperial, Oxford, and Cambridge are winning applications from students who might not have applied in the past.
Another trend that started 2 years ago was an uptick in applications to US schools, particularly to East Coast metro areas of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia (HBS, Wharton, MIT, CBS, NYU). I honestly expect the US political situation to weigh on applications. The beneficiary will certainly be the strong traditional European schools (LBS, INSEAD, IE, ESADE, IMD ect. ) with the UK the fast mover of the group.