MIT Sloan School of Management: brilliant and down to earth

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, comprises five schools. The MIT Sloan School of Management is one of them. MIT Sloan is one of the world's prominent business schools, carrying out the cutting-edge research and teaching in finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, strategic management, economics, information technology, and many other fields.

The MIT Sloan faculty staff may boast of a striking number of Nobel laureates, prominent economists, authors and inventors in the sphere of economics and marketing. Kofi Annan (the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize recipient), Benjamin Netanyahu (the former Prime Minister of Israel), William Ford, Jr. (the Chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Company) are the names that are only a drop in the ocean of notable alumni, comprising the most part of chairmen and CEOs of the world-renowned companies like Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Palm Computing, as well as remarkable inventors, ministers, deans of business schools and even an astronaut. Moreover, MIT Sloan graduates have founded more than six hundred and fifty companies. It is impressive, isn't it?

The school was named after Alfred P. Sloan (an 1895 MIT graduate, chairman of General Motors), who sponsored the creation of the world's first university-based executive education program ?The Sloan Fellows? on the basis of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1931.

At present, students from more than sixty countries apply each year for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The programs are the equilibrium of academic studies and hands-on application, combining lectures and case studies, team work, industry cooperation and practical labs. In addition to the majors, the students are offered the widest range of electives, up to one hundred and seventy four; the latest of them, for instance, Knowledge Economy, Cross-Cultural Leadership or Game Theory for Managers fully satisfy the needs of the modern times.  The empirical courses like Global Entrepreneurship Lab, where students travel to over thirty companies in fifteen countries, are enormously popular.

The MIT Sloan School of Management has many top-ranked academic programs, among them the Leaders for Manufacturing, a dual-degree program for those, who are interested in manufacturing and operations careers, or the Sloan Fellows program, meant for students with a significant managerial experience. 

Weekly C-functions (implying either a ?cultural function? or a ?consumption function?) are the key event of the MIT Sloan life. The dubious interpretation is not accidental. The point is that the School arranges evening parties for the MIT Sloan alumni community, providing both food and drinks and entertainment, organized by campus cultural groups.

What distinguishes MIT Sloan and Sloanies is that everybody is bright, but everybody is down to earth and interested in more than their own careers. They are interested in the world around them and in their fellow students, and they have a global perception of the industry.

In case you decide to pursue your MBA at MIT Sloan, take into consideration the general advice, given to the future applicants by the Director of MBA admissions. The key is to be yourself. Your interviewers are interested in your close-up. They want to know what you have done, how you have done it, what ideas you have initiated, how you have communicated with people, in a word, your process, even to a greater degree than your result and achievements.

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