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The IMD MBA is ranked #1 by Forbes for ROI because it is the natural home for talented, experienced and ambitious women and men who are determined to make our world a better place. We invite you to join them.
Pit your skills against your region's most talented for a place in IMD’s international, boutique MBA program – an intimate, personalized leadership development experience delivering an unmatched emphasis on entrepreneurship, globalization and digitalization.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year's Shanghai Challenge will be a dynamic and interactive virtual experience, open to those from East and South-East Asia.
The IMD MBA “Create Our Future” Challenge is a one-day intense think-in during which you will join a preselected group to brainstorm how society could and should address some of its most pressing challenges.
Those who make the most impact, who contribute most to the idea generation and who demonstrate leadership and potential for greatness will be shortlisted by our selection team. Up to four of you will be offered a place in the IMD MBA. One will receive a scholarship of 40,000 Swiss Francs.
Stretch your thinking, learn from others, think out of the box and innovate. Pitch your ideas. Inspire and be inspired by a generation of grounded, future-oriented optimists.
We are pleased to confirm that we have been able to extend the application deadline for this event to August 16th. To apply for this exclusive virtual learning event, please submit our event-specific free application form with your GMAT or GRE score.
Start your application here
While we understand the disruptions caused by the COVID-19, please note that we will not be able to make a firm offer to any candidates who do not have their GMAT/GRE. If necessary, a conditional offer will be made, dependant on a competitive score being received as soon as possible.
|August 16||Submit your application and GMAT / GRE score by midnight CEST|
|August 20||Discover if you have been selected for the assessment|
|A virtual introduction to the event, MBA alumni and all taking part.|
|Complete assessment challenges: inspire, innovate and pitch your ideas to a panel of assessors|
|August 31||Online interviews for short-listed applicants|
|September 1||The top applicant will be awarded a seat in the IMD MBA 2021 class with a 40,000 Swiss Franc scholarship|
|September 15||Up to four of the best applicants will be offered a seat in the IMD MBA 2021 class|
All participants will receive an IMD certificate for completing the IMD MBA “Create Our Future Challenge.”
Applicants from our Assessment Challenges are not elegible for our regular Admissions Process in the same year.
Those admitted to the IMD MBA class of 2021 become valued members of a powerful group of 90 experienced, mature and globally-minded individuals from over 40 countries. Together, you will share over 650 years of combined and diverse work experience.
Our campus is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, home to many multinational headquarters and globally recognized as a vibrant med-tech, neuro-tech, deep-learning and start-up hub. Your class, faculty and whole IMD community, including the 9,000 executives we welcome on campus annually, will inspire and motivate you to stretch yourself, achieve your potential and leave your mark.
"The Assessment Challenge in Shanghai is a great opportunity to experience real IMD MBA life. During the intense assessment challenge day, not only did I learn about strategic and problem-solving methodology, but also collaborated with teammates to think out of the box and solve complex social problems.
After 7 months of the MBA program, I have been impressed by IMD’s excellent professor team and my brilliant 88 classmates. I have gained skills on how to communicate and cooperate in multiple cultures, and explored my own leadership style and career direction.
This year, even under the influence of the coronavirus epidemic, IMD made a lot of effort to become one of the first business schools in the world to resume offline teaching. At the same time, IMD also opened many unprecedented practical courses and pioneering projects in accordance with the ever-changing situation.”
Jia Zuo (左佳) | IMD MBA Participant 2020 | Winner of Shanghai 'Create our Future' Assessment Challenge, 2019
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