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Posted by: on February 10, 2020

Don’t blink

After what seemed to be just four weeks, four months of the Oxford MBA have flown by. With this blog post, I offer advice to the incoming cohort on how to make the most of their time at Oxford: how to hit the ground running, and do so fearlessly. The Oxford MBA is a fast-paced […]

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Posted by: on November 12, 2019

MBA classmates: different, but the same.

One of the strengths of the Oxford MBA is the diversity of the cohort and how this diversity is embraced. This was a major consideration for me in applying at Oxford and now, after just one month at Saïd Business School, I already experience the tremendous value of this. The 2019-2020 cohort consists of 329 […]

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Posted by: on September 18, 2019

Get to know Sarel van Baalen, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: A creative striving to craft technical, commercial and business solutions with social impact in mind, I enjoy the complexities behind simple solutions to important issues. I have a passion for developing infrastructure in Africa to improve living conditions and unlock sustainable economic growth for the continent. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: […]

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Posted by: on September 13, 2018

Get to know Sourav Kalra

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you? Best friend: Too British Manager: Dependable Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford. India is my home country and I have lived in Europe for  7 years, 5 […]

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Posted by: on August 13, 2018

The Aspen seminar and the value of self-reflection

My main objective for studying the MBA was to give myself the opportunity to benefit from a time of self-reflection and introspection. As counterintuitive as it may seem, coping with the fast pace of an MBA programme makes the real you, your strengths and your weaknesses come to the surface. I do not underestimate the […]

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Posted by: on March 15, 2017

Some ruminations on the Oxford MBA experience

I decided to come to Oxford Saïd because I was sold the vision of doing an MBA in a School embedded inside a great University. And, respecting one of the great traditions of Oxford, namely the Socratic Method, I will try to investigate whether this preliminary vision agreed with the physical reality. At a systemic […]

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Posted by: on October 6, 2015

So far, the best thing I’ve experienced

It’s been two weeks since I arrived in Oxford and I feel this weird sensation that I have been here for ages, at the same time I feel terribly surprised by how fast time goes by. This combo is generated by the amount of events, classes, exhibitions, tours, sports, and every single thing there is […]

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Posted by: on October 21, 2014

A student once more

As I was brushing my teeth the night before I was to find out if I got in to the Oxford MBA program, I had a scary thought: “Am I REALLY ready to be a student once more?”. Yes, I knew I wanted to pursue an MBA, and yes, I knew I wanted to study […]

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Posted by: on October 16, 2014

Lift Off of a Social, Sporting MBA

I thought this year I would write about a not so academic side of the MBA. Many people know that a great benefit of an MBA is the networking that you gain access to, both with the class, with alumni and with the speakers. Many people also understand that a 12 month MBA is an intense […]

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