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US, Europe MBA Programs to International Talent: We are Open for Business

Annual survey finds international applications to business schools soared back as domestic demand softened

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Total applications to graduate business schools dipped from the pandemic-level spikes, slipping 3.4 percent year-on-year among a matched sample of programs, according to a survey report released today by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). This comes after application volumes increased 2.4 percent year-on-year in 2020 amid the start of the pandemic and sustained that level of demand in 2021, when schools reported a 0.4 percent year-on-year increase. As the pandemic’s effects on mobility lessened this admissions cycle, however, international applications saw a remarkable rebound, particularly for those applying to programs in the United States. Most US programs reported international application increases, especially full-time two-year MBA programs (80% of programs) and STEM-designated programs (61%). Similarly in Europe, most MBA programs either saw stability or more applications from abroad this year.

The largest and most widely cited survey of its kind in the industry, the GMAC 2022 Application Trends Survey was conducted between July and September with application figures submitted by 950 programs of 264 business schools in 33 countries worldwide. The survey aims to examine the rapidly shifting landscape of demand for graduate management education (GME) programs. An annual survey in its 24th year, the 2022 study reflects perhaps the end of the pandemic- disrupted years and offers insight into how the post-pandemic market may take shape.

Notably, most programs in Europe and Asia grew or maintained women’s representation in applicant pools. A majority of responding programs in Europe (58%) and Asia (57%) grew or sustained the number of applications received from women. In addition, more than half of US programs maintained or grew applications from underrepresented populations (URP), particularly master of data analytics (66%) and master in management (65%).

“I’m very pleased to see that women in Europe and Asia and underrepresented groups in the US are increasingly aspiring to pursue the business education that could empower and equip them to achieve their career objectives,” said Joy Jones, CEO of GMAC. “I commend the business school community for the encouraging trend that has grown from their concerted efforts to attract a diverse pool of talent.”

Other Key Findings

Applications to business master’s programs ticked up, riding the wave of international interest

Global applications to business master’s programs—including master in management, master of finance, and master of data analytics—grew year-on-year by 3.2 percent. All business master’s program types in the United States had a greater share of programs report increases in international applications than decreases, except for master of accounting. International applications to US programs were up at an especially high proportion of specialized degrees, including master of supply chain management (93%), master in marketing (76%), and master of data analytics (61%).

“The business master’s programs have traditionally been attractive to international candidates. As the pandemic-induced restrictions gradually ease and people learn to live alongside and cope with the virus, we expect international mobility to continue to bounce back,” said Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou,dean and professor of finance at Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the GMAC board of directors.

Asia retained more talent in-region while Canada experienced a reverse in application trends

Business schools in the Asia region were able to attract otherwise mobile candidates during the pandemic. While roughly equal shares of responding Asia programs reported total application volume growth and declines this year, those who experienced growth or stability saw it in both domestic (60%) and international applications (63%). This trend is consistent with GMAC’s survey of prospective students released earlier this year when the data suggest that candidates from some traditionally mobile regions of Asia may be increasingly opting to study domestically.

Canadian programs saw significant drops in both domestic and international applications. Among Canadian programs that responded to each of the last two years’ surveys, total applications were down 23 percent year-on-year, with 75 percent of programs reporting declines in domestic applications and 68 percent reporting declines in international applications. This reversal comes after years of consistently positive outcomes for Canadian schools dating back to 2017, coinciding with the reduction of visa availability in the US.

US flexible MBA programs gained traction despite declines in domestic demand for professional MBA programs

This year, slightly more than half of flexible MBA programs─ which allow their students to change between full-time and part-time status throughout their time in the program─ reported application volume growth. In addition, women accounted for 44 percent of flexible MBA applicants, which is higher than any other US MBA program type. At the same time, most professional MBA programs in the US received fewer applications this year, including online MBA (76% of programs), part-time MBA (75%), and executive MBA (67%). In fact, US online MBA programs saw a second consecutive year of application declines after a 2020 pandemic boom.

“With the job market being white hot and the Great Resignation reducing the total workforce, it is no surprise that programs offering the most flexibility were the most attractive to working professionals, especially women,” said Maite Salazar, chief marketing officer at GMAC.

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Admissions are open for NMIMS School of Design’s 4-year B.Des. (Humanising Technology) program

The pedagogy at the school is interactive and experiential where lessons are imparted by highly qualified and trained faculty apart from expert industry professionals

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An undergraduate program in Design is fast gaining prominence at a time when artistic creativity and a passion for technology and business are coming together to create user-friendly solutions that make day to day life simple for people.  SVKM’s NMIMS School of Design’s AICTE approved 4-year undergraduate B.Des. (Humanising Technology) program combines design with technology and cognitive and behavioural sciences to effectively serve business and social needs. It offers a transdisciplinary and holistic design curriculum with focus on a user-centric approach to design education, giving it a human touch. The program aims to equip students with multi-stream skill sets and knowledge to visualize 2D, 3D and 5D experiences.  The school has been ranked 5th among design schools of Maharashtra and 11th among design schools in India by Careers360 in 2022.

The pedagogy at the school is interactive and experiential where lessons are imparted by highly qualified and trained faculty apart from expert industry professionals. The students are encouraged to apply themselves, be curious and ‘learn by doing’. This has resulted in a steady outflow of pass outs who are not only artistic and creative, but also possess the ability to think strategically. The SVKM’s NMIMS School of Design is equipped with state-of-the-art studios, workshops, and modern labs like the Tinkering lab, Rapid Prototyping lab, XR (Extended Reality), and a usability lab for hands-on experience. Students are also offered internships in the industry which allows them to gain practical knowledge in the field of design. This exposure opens up several avenues and job opportunities in the field of consulting, hospitality, IT, banking, healthcare, education, and tourism, among other sectors. NMIMS’ School of Design achieved a 100% placement record for the second time in a row, wherein the students got placed in top companies. Walmart Global Technology Services India Private Ltd was among the new recruiters and offered a package of Rs. 20, 27,100 for the post of Associate Designer.

Talking about the program Dr. Arundhati Guha Thakurta, Faculty In-Charge, NMIMS School of Design,said, “A fine balance of creative abilities and analytical thinking is important for a lifelong problem solver. The school, with its transdisciplinary, value-based design education, equips the students with a global perspective in the competitive design world, inculcating an entrepreneurial mindset. Our comprehensive curriculum further sensitizes our students to the world of design. Our highly trained in-house faculty and visiting industry experts act like mentors to help unleash the hidden talent in the students and hone their skills through methods like practice-based and gamified learning. The program focuses on human-centered design, human factors or ergonomics, behavioral studies, aesthetics in product design and innovation, digital design, creative problem-solving, and creative entrepreneurship, among other skills. An invaluable NGO and industry internship ensures that our students gain enough knowledge of the design world and ushers in them the confidence to put their best foot forward as they emerge as future design thinkers and become working professionals.”

Admission process:

A candidate interested in pursuing this 4-year program must have passed/appeared for the 10+2 or equivalent exam in any stream. Eligible candidates can register here

Step-1: Registration and payment of application fees

Step-2: Appear for studio test

Step-3: Appear for personal interview & portfolio review

Step-4: Declaration of merit list

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Microsoft and LinkedIn engage 7.3 million learners in India through Skills for Jobs program, to help 10 million people learn digital skills

Will provide free access to 350 courses, six new Career Essentials Certificates, and 50,000 LinkedIn Learning Scholarships

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Microsoft and LinkedIn announced the next step in the Skills for Jobs program, providing free access to 350 courses and six new Career Essentials Certificates for six of the most in-demand jobs in the digital economy. Microsoft and LinkedIn will also be offering 50,000 LinkedIn Learning scholarships to help people get ahead in their skilling journey. By 2025, Microsoft will help train and certify 10 million people with skills for in demand jobs. Today’s launch builds on the Global Skills Initiative, which helped 80 million jobseekers around the world access digital skilling resources.

To date, Microsoft has engaged 14 million learners in Asia via LinkedIn, Microsoft Learn and non-profit skilling efforts. Of this, 7.3 million learners were from India. The top six LinkedIn Learning Pathways in India were: Critical Soft Skills, Software Developer, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst, Project Manager, and Customer Service Specialist.

Using data from LinkedIn and the Burning Glass Institute, Microsoft analyzed job listings to determine six of the roles in greatest demand for the program: Administrative Professional, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Systems Administrator, Software Developer or Data Analyst. The new courses and certificates will be offered in seven languages, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese. This expansion builds on Microsoft’s commitment to supporting inclusive economic opportunity so learners around the world have equitable access to the skills, technology, and opportunity needed to succeed in a digitizing economy.

Microsoft’s new commitment to offer skilling support for the most sought-after digital jobs is aimed at enabling people and organizations to seize job opportunities, gain a competitive edge and emerge as trailblazers – as they contribute to a vibrant tech ecosystem and accelerate innovation needed for growth.  

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India said, “Bridging the skills gaps in today’s digital economy is foundational to India’s employment challenges and building towards inclusive economic and societal progress in India. Microsoft has been invested in various initiatives to skill India’s youth, tapping into the potential of underserved communities and the opportunity to bring more women into the workforce. With our new commitment to help equip another 10 million globally with highly relevant skilling support, we want to continue making tech skills accessible to all, opening up employment opportunities for people to succeed and embrace innovation. We are privileged to be collaborating with LinkedIn and our partners in our local communities, to empower every person in India to be part of a growing digital ecosystem and to achieve more, together.”

The new Career Essentials Certificates are designed to help learners bridge the gap from basic digital literacy to more advanced technical skills training and gain certifications that will be valuable to securing employment. Once a learning pathway is completed, learners will receive a LinkedIn badge to denote their certificate and indicate fluency in the skillset to employers.

All courses are available on LinkedIn at In addition, Microsoft-developed courses are also available on Microsoft Community Training (MCT) and in downloadable format for use on other Learning Management Systems (LMS) for nonprofit partners.

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‘Push Sports’ students features prominently in Delhi U16 Selection Squad

The young cricketers will be representing Delhi U16 in the upcoming Vijay Merchant Trophy

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Push Sports added another feather to its cap as it bagged three slots in the newly announced Under 16 Cricket Squad by Delhi. Sarthak Ray has been appointed the Vice Captain of the squad and he is joined by fellow PUSHERS Anindo Naharay and Harshvardhan Phogat among the 26 names announced by Delhi. The young cricketers will be representing Delhi U16 in the upcoming Vijay Merchant Trophy.

Puru Singh, Founder of Push Sports and former Delhi State Player said. “It is a moment of immense pride for us. While we coach and train the kids, their achievements show the result of their hard work and talent. Delhi U16 is a prestigious placement with a lot of competition for each of the slots. These results give us the energy to continue for better results in the future to identify and mentor talent at the grassroots. I congratulate the trio and wish them loads of success and luck in their journey as professional cricketers. Join us in commending the youngsters at #PUSHERSinDelhiU16.”

This is one of the most significant achievements of Push Sports and they are hopeful that these results will inspire many more to join and continue in their sports journey.

Founded in 2019, Push sports is the Delhi-based Sports Education & Infrastructure start-up with a mission to catalyze fitness through sports especially focusing on school-going children as high screen time, lack of physical activity, and unbalanced diet is taking a toll on their health.

Incidentally, Shikhar Dhawan’s Da One Sports has also joined hands with ‘Push Sports’ as an exclusive strategic and operations partner for their ‘Grassroots Innovation Programme’ and ‘Sports Training Programme’, focusing on developing a sporting culture at the grassroots level.

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