EGADE School of Business July 8, 2013

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Brenda Aranda and Ana Bustani

Brenda Aranda and Ana Bustani

 

EGADE. The name connotes prestige, academic excellence and bright professional futures. The acronym stands for Escuela Graduada de Administración de Empresas. Known as EGADE Business School in English, this graduate arm of Monterrey Tec, proudly touts its bragging rights. In 2012, Eduniversal which ranks business schools in over 150 countries, named EGADE #1 in Latin American for the fifth consecutive year. Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking gave it the same status for the sixth consecutive year in addition to #24 worldwide in 2012. Its graduates go on to work for top companies in Mexico and abroad. 

The school’s beginnings go back to the mid-sixties when a small graduate B-school was started at what was then the only campus of Monterrey Tec. In 1995, with a nationwide Tec system of university and high school campuses, EGADE was formed as an umbrella graduate business program that included campuses in several cities. With the flagship Tec campus built out, plans were made to move the business graduate school to suburban San Pedro. This newest and most prestigious campus, which opened in 2006, is a strikingly designed cluster of modern buildings on pristine grounds. Three years ago, EGADE was consolidated into the Monterrey/San Pedro campus and 4 others in Mexico City where students pursue Masters and Ph.D.s.

I caught up with friends Brenda Aranda and Ana Bustani in late May, the day before EGADE’s 2013 spring graduation in which Aranda would receive her M.A. in Marketing. Bustani was slated to finish a Masters in Finance in July. Like her American counterparts in this world-wide tight economy, she had sent out multiple job applications. At our meeting she was gearing up for a job interview in Mexico City the following week.

EGADE’s programs are intense, requiring serious time and monetary commitments. Bustani and Aranda, top students even at this level, both held part-time work positions at the school which included financial breaks in the pricey tution.

Asked what they had enjoyed the most about their time at the school, Aranda immediately said, “The networking opportunities. We have great conversations and learn a lot beyond the classroom.” Bustani picked up, explaining that many of EGADE’s students work full-time in their fields. “You hear first-hand from professionals in your on area and in others.”  

Part way through the interview I switched from Spanish, and both women followed, speaking error-free English with ease. Like most of their peers educated at the best Mexican schools, they began studying English in elementary school and perfected it with a steady diet of “Friends” re-runs, Hollywood movies, American music and trips to the U.S. During her years at a Tec high school (known as “Tequitos”, little Tecs) and college, Bustani was part of the “Internacional” program where classes are conducted in English. She spent an undergrad summer studying at the University of California, Berkeley.

Since its inception nearly half-century ago, the Tec’s graduate business school has sent 40,000 alumni out into the business world. Spend a little time with Aranda and Bustani  and you come away knowing that you have glimpsed a very impressive slice of Mexico’s present and future at its best.

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