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i-MBA Alumni Board participates in the selection of the next i-MBA students
As you probably know, each year the i-MBA Alumni board participates in the selection of the new i-MBA students. This significant initiative has been going on for the past few years.
This collaborative process stresses the close bonds between the programme and its graduates. On one hand, the fact that interviews by the Board are part of the selection process indicates a trust of the high quality and professionalism of the programme graduates. On the other hand, the fact that the Alumni board members took up this responsibility, demonstrates their dedication to the maintenance of the programme’s high quality and their sustained interest in the life-changing experience that the i-MBA is.
During the process, pairs of Alumni Board members interview candidates and answer their questions following and filling in an official form provided by the programme. The meeting with each candidate lasts 10 minutes (OK, maybe 15…sometimes we do get carried away…). After the candidate has left the room, the feedback form is filled in immediately following a short discussion between the Board members, taking into account parameters such as assertiveness, enthusiasm, previous experience as well as overall comparison amongst all candidates.
All forms are then returned to the programme and faculty for their consideration as they are the ones authorised to make the final decisions.
Current Alumni Board members also had the chance to be interviewed by graduates. As we are now i-MBA graduates ourselves, further to the “formal script” we think of candidates as our i-MBA colleagues. We try to see through their eyes, ask them appropriate questions and encourage them to speak in a more relaxed and open way allowing them to demonstrate their qualities to what hopefully comes across as their peers.
It is important to thank and congratulate previous boards and faculty who launched this initiative and ensure that as current members of the Alumni Board we did our best to live up to the expectations of such an important process and make sure that it will be continued in the future.
We are proud and honoured not only because one more year we participated in the process but most importantly because we had the chance to meet and talk to the next students. Now that the interviewing process is complete we are excited to report that we had the chance to meet with many highly aspired professionals and graduates who are keen to invest in their future and their career. This once again verifies that AUEB’s i-MBA attracts the attention of fine quality candidates, living up to its name of a highest quality MBA programme.
We look forward to welcoming the new students!