I have been looking with interest at many of the posts here.Thank you for the excellent quality of input and views!
I am based in Finland and I got accepted at Aalto part-time MBA and Henley EMBA. Tough choice to figure out which is the best option! Both schools look equally good on paper, with triple crown accreditation and comparable prestige (in my view). However, Aalto PT MBA is not FT-ranked (only Aalto EMBA is). Conversely, Henley Global EMBA is quite well ranked, in my opinion. The other Helsinki alternative, Hanken is less interesting to me. The only interesting point is its association with Stockholm School of Economics.
I am interested in a local option, with a view to the outside, as I don't see myself travelling extensively to attend classes. I also considered distance learning, with both Warwick and EuroMBA as valuable options. However, I fear that the networking potential and benefit may be reduced, despite the high quality of curriculum.
Advantages of Aalto over Henley
- More choice of elective/specialisation, which provide further depth to the content
- Better scheduling (weekend and three evenings, once a month) and no travelling involved
- Can benefit from proximity/association to Aalto innovative hub
Advantages of Henley over Aalto
- More senior profiles in the cohort
- More international distribution of classes/residentials, hence broader network
- Close association with students in Denmark, Germany, UK, as well as Finland branches. Classes are mostly in Helsinki, but not exclusively
- Mid-40s, with 20 yrs post-graduate experience
- A technical specialist, with scientific background
- A career split between R&D and government
- Interested in leadership, strategy and change facilitation
- I am multilingual, but I don't speak sufficient Finnish to work in that language, hence I am afraid that the Aalto option would be a bit restrictive from the networking point of view and the potential benefit I could get from that.
Thanks in advance!
[Edited by damsees on Aug 15, 2019]