International HR academy: ESADE

Courses: Full-time, part-time and executive MBAs, which include
studies and options in HRM and organisational learning. ESADE also runs
tailored in-company and executive education.

Founded: In Spain in 1964, its MBA programme got under way in 1968.
The International Executive Centre was set up in 2000 (see below).

College CV: ESADE has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and more than
10,000 students enrolled in its various teaching centres. The Wall Street
Journal ranked it the best business school in Europe in its 2001 ratings, and
the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recently
granted ESADE its top international award for executive training. It is also
the first business school to obtain the triple crown with accreditation from
the three most highly-respected business school organisations in the world:
AACSB International, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
and the British Association of MBAs (AMBA). It offers global training and has
co-operation agreements with more than 80 business schools throughout the
world, including 15 of the top US schools and 14 in Asia. More than 2,000
companies in over 50 countries use ESADE’s services every year. ESADE recently
set up its International Executive Centre which runs a global e-business
Master’s programme, simultaneously offered in English at six business schools
around the world, with a third of its class hours done online.

Star academics: Professor Richard Boyatzis, head of HR and
management, a world authority on the development of management competencies and
author of Competent Manager: A Model for Effective Performance. He also
specialises in emotional intelligence. Shimon L Dolan, who has written 19
books, including Human Resource Management and The Canadian Dynamic.

Entry: The full-time MBA requires a university degree, the ESADE
admission test or the GMAT test. The same is required for the part-time
programme, but applicants should also have at least three years’ professional

Alumni: ESADE has the largest alumni association in Europe and 20,000
alumni around the world.

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