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Marianne Baillot had an unconventional introduction to the world of business. Her background is in the arts and she worked in various creative industries before seeking a career shift. But first, she wanted to improve her management and analytical skills — she found these and more with an International MBA at Porto Business School

“I wanted to be able to work in another sector, and in the end, I got much more! I met a network of amazing people, mentors, and companies,” says Baillot, from France. She became more assertive, focused, and self-confident. Today, she’s thriving as the Managing Director and Expansion at Millésime in Portugal.

The International MBA is an internationally recognised full-time MBA programme, with triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EFMD). Fully immersive, customisable, and hands-on, it is a transformational experience that provides real-world learning and key resources to manage and grow a business in an ever-changing, globalised, and digital world.

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Coming from a background in arts and the creative industries, Marianne Baillot has successfully transitioned to a business career upon graduation. Source: Porto Business School

Porto Business School is part of the world-acclaimed University of Porto with many accolades. It is one of the top universities in Europe and among the top 10% in the world according to the QS Ranking in “Economics and Econometrics.” Porto Business School is also ranked 66th in the 2021 Financial Times ranking of European Business Schools.

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The International MBA programme is set in Porto, one of Europe’s fastest growing tech hubs. Source: Porto Business School

 Grow into a transformative experience with the International MBA

International MBA students develop both hard skills and soft skills. It’s a journey filled with critical insight as they explore current and forward-looking topics, such as Business Ethics, Digital Innovation, Global Supply Chain Management, Finance, Management, Blockchain and Fintech, as well as Corporate Strategic Sustainability.

“We challenge our students not only to acquire more management knowledge, but also to develop their competences in terms of how to lead, how to do better teamwork,” says Programme Director Renata Blanc. “We challenge them to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills, which are skills very important nowadays for companies.”

What set the programme apart is the business school’s 35 years of executive education experience, a carefully selected group of national and international faculty, personal guidance, and the diverse academic, professional, and cultural backgrounds of students and staff. 

Saurabh Kesari from India liked the hands-on learning featurethe most. During the programme, students get to take part in an international immersion week in a top business school, a final consultancy project and exchange programmes and partnerships.

“Unique opportunities like Sailing with CEO, Lunch with C-level and the International Week helped us realise what it takes to operate an organisation as well as how decision-making works at a higher level,” says Kesari, from India.

Bayeta Mulato benefited most from the programme’s diverse cohort. “The MBA gave me a global perspective on business strategy, increased and strengthened my network, and redirected my career,” says Mulato, now a Senior Associate at Boston Consulting Group in  Kenya. “Thanks to the International MBA, I am able to have an impact on the African economy by working for the Boston Consulting Group.”

Kesari felt the impact of the International MBA’s rich tapestry of backgrounds as well. “We had professors as well as classmates who represented every continent of the world,” says Kesari, who now lives in the US. “This really helped me to grow as a professional, as well as foster relationships in my present job as a consultant in a Big Four organisation.”

Like Mulato and Kesari, many International MBA students achieve success. Three months after graduation, 75% are employed. Six months after graduation, 93% are employed. Half of the cohort shifted their careers after graduating too. 

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Saurabh Kesari is currently a Risk and Financial Advisory Consultant at Deloitte USA. Source: Porto Business School

The setting? One of Europe’s fastest growing tech hub. Portugal is home to 2% of European unicorn startup companies, including Farfetch, Outsystems, Talkdesk, Feedzai, and Sword Health. The Portuguese ecosystem includes a few startups in steady growth too, such as Aptoide, Unbabel, Uniplaces, and Defined.ai. 

The city is as beautiful as it is innovative. Some of Portugal’s best beaches and some of the most beautiful and energising natural parks are located in Porto. From mediaeval architecture to Art Nouveau caffès, from historic buildings at every block to non-stop nightlife, they make Porto a city that’s as full of life as it is surprising.

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