Insead – Fontainebleau, France

February 18th, 2013 by

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Insead - Fontainebleau, France

Key Differentiators

INSEAD is one of the largest business schools in the world and has campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, as well as a research center in Israel. The college prides themselves on their global diversity with over 145 renowned faculty members from 35 different countries.

In 2000, the first MBA classes in Singapore were offered by the college and the Executive MBA followed in 2003.  Most recently, they have created their research center in Israel (2006), opened a campus in Abu Dhabi and Tsinghua, China (2007), launched their dual-degree program with Johns Hopkins University/SAIS (2011), and developed a Master in Finance degree (2012).

INSEAD also has a reciprocal agreement with Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Kellogg School of Management to share career services.  They are also directly affiliated with London Business School.  The Alumni of the four schools have exclusive access to job opportunity databases of each other.

INSEAD brings together students, cultures and ideas to transform thinking patterns and organizations. Their goal is to develop responsible, clear-minded leaders and entrepreneurs who will establish themselves as valuable assets to their organizations.  Their core values are diversity as a source of learning, independence as a governance principle, intensity and relevance in teaching and research, international business principles, and entrepreneurial spirit.

INSEAD has 16 different centers of excellence that give students a platform for guidance and creativity within the school.  The Global Leadership Center helps executives understand basic human behavior, while the Social Innovation Center brings together diverse groups of research teams to explore and examining innovative business solutions. These centers provide participants with a place to gather and develop synergies with each other while intellectually challenging themselves in their specific field of study.

The business school is also committed to a mission of environmental awareness by implementing systems and practices that reduce energy use.  The faculty have been conducting research on these issues since the 1960s and have examined topics in industrial ecology, environmental services provided by nature, and climate change. Their goal is to instill an environmentally conscious mode of thinking amongst graduates and alumni.



The Full-time MBA Program is an accelerated 10-month curriculum that spans across 3 different campuses. A high level of engagement under expert leaders gives students a lively classroom experience of multiple different teaching methods.

Students learn in small, diverse study groups consisting of 5-6 members fixed with a core curriculum of 11 different subjects.  A total of 50 group assignments will be completed during this period with a goal to bring comradery to the group through unique styles of leadership and contributions.  Once the group projects are complete, the remainder of the curriculum is chosen from electives.  Here is an example curriculum (provided by INSEAD) below:

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The Executive MBA Program has a focus on developing an authentic leadership style, problem solving skills and the values of diversity in the work place.  The program is offered at locations in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and a dual-degree program at the Tsinghua University in China.

The program includes 45-60 day of classroom work over a period of 14-17 months, depending on the degree and campus choice.  12 weeks of the course is on-campus and includes electives and core courses; 5 weeks are off-campus requiring the student to complete implementation essays, reflection papers, and more.

The curriculum is divided into three core areas of learning:

  1. Business Fundamentals
  2. Key Management Challenges
  3. Leadership Development

Interactive learning methods provide participants with active classroom activities such as debates and small-group activities. Case studies also provide the framework for theory in management education and practice. Additionally, multiple teaching formats and technologies are used to keep participants interests high (such as short videos, role playing, case debates, and simulations).




Job Integration Rate
According to Bloomberg Businessweek’s International Business School Ranking

  • High: 92% job offer three months post-graduation


Social Media Presence



General Information

Europe Campus
Boulevard de Constance
77305 Fontainebleau Cedex, France
France  t: +33 (0)1-60-72-40-00
Singapore t: +65-67-99-53-88