Rotterdam vs. Warwick - MBA head to head


User853799
Hi all,

I need help deciding between the Rotterdam School of Management MBA and Warwick Business School MBA. I'm looking for a one-year, full-time MBA that will have the best global reputation. These two programs seem similarly ranked in many areas. Are both considered to be at the same "world class" level? Is one notably better?

The outcomes in the rankings seem similar, but this is what I've observed:

WBS:
Pro- Rising in the FT/Economist rankings, good brand name, good value, good academic reputation, good job placement
Con- Lower international mobility, slightly lower salary outcomes than peers (110k), Brexit fears

RSM:
Pro - Better salary outcomes (120k), better 5 year salary gain according to Forbes, good international mobility, quality of life in NL
Con - More expensive, language barrier, perhaps not as big of a brand as Warwick outside mainland Europe

Thoughts?
Hi all,

I need help deciding between the Rotterdam School of Management MBA and Warwick Business School MBA. I'm looking for a one-year, full-time MBA that will have the best global reputation. These two programs seem similarly ranked in many areas. Are both considered to be at the same "world class" level? Is one notably better?

The outcomes in the rankings seem similar, but this is what I've observed:

WBS:
Pro- Rising in the FT/Economist rankings, good brand name, good value, good academic reputation, good job placement
Con- Lower international mobility, slightly lower salary outcomes than peers (110k), Brexit fears

RSM:
Pro - Better salary outcomes (120k), better 5 year salary gain according to Forbes, good international mobility, quality of life in NL
Con - More expensive, language barrier, perhaps not as big of a brand as Warwick outside mainland Europe

Thoughts?
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Duncan
You write about global reputation but you frame it as if you are concerned about immediate employment opportunities. What are your goals?
You write about global reputation but you frame it as if you are concerned about immediate employment opportunities. What are your goals?
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User853799
Hi Duncan, thanks for your reply. Of course, I'm interested in achieving both long-term and immediate goals. I want it all!! :)

Me:
-Canadian living in Europe
-Currently work in finance
-Want to continue working in finance/consulting, but have greater exposure to entrepreneurship
-Short-term, would like to continue to work in Europe or UK, so I'll need some int'l mobility in the region
-Long-term, I'd like some level of security that my MBA will track at home in North America in case I ever go back
-Don't speak Dutch, happy to learn

These two schools piqued my interest on the rankings tables and I am interested in how they compare. Cheers!
Hi Duncan, thanks for your reply. Of course, I'm interested in achieving both long-term and immediate goals. I want it all!! :)

Me:
-Canadian living in Europe
-Currently work in finance
-Want to continue working in finance/consulting, but have greater exposure to entrepreneurship
-Short-term, would like to continue to work in Europe or UK, so I'll need some int'l mobility in the region
-Long-term, I'd like some level of security that my MBA will track at home in North America in case I ever go back
-Don't speak Dutch, happy to learn

These two schools piqued my interest on the rankings tables and I am interested in how they compare. Cheers!
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Duncan
Since you don't speak Dutch, I think Warwick has the edge for you.
Since you don't speak Dutch, I think Warwick has the edge for you.
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User853799
My specific situation aside, any thoughts on how the schools compare in terms of "global brand" or reputation?
My specific situation aside, any thoughts on how the schools compare in terms of "global brand" or reputation?
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User853799
Since you don't speak Dutch, I think Warwick has the edge for you.


Duncan, I respect your position that learning the local language is important, but I wonder if you are overstating the case with respect to finding a job in NL. I have spoken with several RSM alumni who are not Dutch and who have found good jobs (MBA level) in NL speaking English. The graduate statistics seem to support this: 99% of the MBA class are international and the majority find work in NL post-MBA. If speaking fluent Dutch were really a deal breaker, I suspect we would see a greater exodus from NL post-MBA as grads would seek greener pastures to find work. From what I can tell, this doesn't seem to be the case.

Thoughts?
[quote]Since you don't speak Dutch, I think Warwick has the edge for you. [/quote]

Duncan, I respect your position that learning the local language is important, but I wonder if you are overstating the case with respect to finding a job in NL. I have spoken with several RSM alumni who are not Dutch and who have found good jobs (MBA level) in NL speaking English. The graduate statistics seem to support this: 99% of the MBA class are international and the majority find work in NL post-MBA. If speaking fluent Dutch were really a deal breaker, I suspect we would see a greater exodus from NL post-MBA as grads would seek greener pastures to find work. From what I can tell, this doesn't seem to be the case.

Thoughts?
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Duncan
Don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying that RSM isn't a good option (It's on my list of the best schools for international placement https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/best-mbas-for-international-students-placement-35651). I'm just saying it's not the best.

94% of the RSM class is international and 77% found work in The Netherlands. 84% found work within three months of graduation, which is below average.

My point is that if you don't speak Dutch, and if you don't already speak German or a Scandinavian language, you probably won't learn Dutch to a professional standard and that will limit your career growth in The Netherlands. RSM is a great choice for people who only want a few years there, or who will learn Dutch. However, you obviously have more options where you can speak with clients and colleagues at all levels in their mother tounge.

Source: https://www.rsm.nl/fileadmin/Images_NEW/MBA/FTMBA/career/RSM_MBA_Employment_Report_class_of_2018.pdf
Don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying that RSM isn't a good option (It's on my list of the best schools for international placement https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/best-mbas-for-international-students-placement-35651). I'm just saying it's not the best.

94% of the RSM class is international and 77% found work in The Netherlands. 84% found work within three months of graduation, which is below average.

My point is that if you don't speak Dutch, and if you don't already speak German or a Scandinavian language, you probably won't learn Dutch to a professional standard and that will limit your career growth in The Netherlands. RSM is a great choice for people who only want a few years there, or who will learn Dutch. However, you obviously have more options where you can speak with clients and colleagues at all levels in their mother tounge.

Source: https://www.rsm.nl/fileadmin/Images_NEW/MBA/FTMBA/career/RSM_MBA_Employment_Report_class_of_2018.pdf
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User853799
Thank you for your clarification, Duncan. This is helpful. Since my last comment, I came across a post from 7 years ago where you commented at length. I think the info there on RSM and the job situation in NL post-MBA is still quite relevant: https://find-mba.com/board/europe/employment-in-the-netherlands-17068

[Edited by User853799 on May 22, 2019]

Thank you for your clarification, Duncan. This is helpful. Since my last comment, I came across a post from 7 years ago where you commented at length. I think the info there on RSM and the job situation in NL post-MBA is still quite relevant: https://find-mba.com/board/europe/employment-in-the-netherlands-17068
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User853799
Alternatively, what do you think of the WBS MBA program for finding work in the UK or on the continent (limited to English-speaking opportunities, naturally, I assume) in consulting/finance/entrepreneurship? It seems WBS are consistently rising in the rankings, and now even more so with their presence in London at The Shard.

Of course, coming from North America, recognizability is a concern, which is why I was belaboring the global "brand" issue above.

WBS's "PIM" exchange program looks to be an attractive addition to the program. In this case, I could take a term at a partner school like Western Ivey in Canada or Northwestern in the US, in order to round out my MBA branding. I believe you did something similar with your exchange at Dartmouth?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Alternatively, what do you think of the WBS MBA program for finding work in the UK or on the continent (limited to English-speaking opportunities, naturally, I assume) in consulting/finance/entrepreneurship? It seems WBS are consistently rising in the rankings, and now even more so with their presence in London at The Shard.

Of course, coming from North America, recognizability is a concern, which is why I was belaboring the global "brand" issue above.

WBS's "PIM" exchange program looks to be an attractive addition to the program. In this case, I could take a term at a partner school like Western Ivey in Canada or Northwestern in the US, in order to round out my MBA branding. I believe you did something similar with your exchange at Dartmouth?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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Duncan
Yup, in my post on international students placement, Warwick is in the top ten worldwide. Coventry is just an hour from London, but The Shard adds to the London alumni base and gives the school more profile.

I really recommend the exchange, and I think Warwick makes you tack it onto the end, so you get an extra semester for free. I think some of these exchange schools may give exchange students alumni status, and that is worth a lot. I gained a lot from my experience at Dartmouth. As a Canadian, they won't let you go to Canada but all of their US partners are excellent.
Yup, in my post on international students placement, Warwick is in the top ten worldwide. Coventry is just an hour from London, but The Shard adds to the London alumni base and gives the school more profile.

I really recommend the exchange, and I think Warwick makes you tack it onto the end, so you get an extra semester for free. I think some of these exchange schools may give exchange students alumni status, and that is worth a lot. I gained a lot from my experience at Dartmouth. As a Canadian, they won't let you go to Canada but all of their US partners are excellent.
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User853799
Thank you for your insight, Duncan! It's good to hear a Brit's opinion on a UK MBA program :) Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Thank you for your insight, Duncan! It's good to hear a Brit's opinion on a UK MBA program :) Enjoy the holiday weekend!
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