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GMAT Internationalized: Twice as many Chinese women take GMAT as Indian

According to the recent numbers released by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for the testing year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009:
"approximately 51 percent of the exams administered during the period were taken by citizens of nations other than the United States. This is the first time since the GMAT’s creation in 1954 that non-U.S. test takers have accounted for a majority of exams during a testing year."
GMAT is officially internationalized with more test takers being non-US citizens as compared to US citizens. GMAT test numbers clearly indicate that global demand for MBA is still growing. While GMAT is primarily used by US B-schools, demand for GMAT among Indians is driven by the growth of B-schools like ISB and IIMA-PGPX, which require GMAT for admissions to their MBA programs. For example, ISB retained its position as the #1 school to which Indian citizens send GMAT reports and IIMA entered at #9 for the testing year 2008. Harvard ranked fifth and St…

Guru Mantra: Dr. Raman Menon Unnikrishnan, California State University

Dr. Raman Menon Unnikrishnan is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton. He is active in teaching and research in the areas of Control Systems, Power Electronics and Signal Processing. He has been a consultant to several industries and governmental agencies, and has been involved in technical and professional education for industries. He is active nationally and internationally in the field of engineering education and engineering accreditation.

Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton in 2001, Dr. Unnikrishnan was on the faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where he also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Engineering from 1989 to 1991 and as the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department from 1991 to 2001. He received his BSEE degree from the University of Kerala in India, MSEE degree from South Dakota State University and the Ph.D. degree in elect…

International Schools: Pipeline for International Undergraduate Admissions

IIE Open Doors report for academic year 2008/09 indicated overall higher growth for undergraduate enrollments (10% increase) as compared to the graduate enrollments (2.3% increase). Specifically for India, nearly 725 more students were enrolled at the undergraduate level as compared to 3,300 fewer students enrolled at the graduate level in the academic year 2008/09. Although these numbers reflect enrollments before the setting of recession last fall, they clearly indicate that undergraduate level enrollments were gaining momentum as compared to graduate level for Indian students.

What is driving the growth of undergraduate level enrollment for India? The primary factor is the increasing base of wealthy individuals who have both the willingness and ability to spend money for better quality education both in India and abroad. Most of the Indian students (~70% in the US in 2008/09) have been studying abroad at the graduate level as duration for these programs is 1-2 years as compared to …

Guru Mantra: Rex Whisman, Principal, BrandED

Rex Whisman
BrandED consultants group

Rex Whisman is principal of the Denver-based, BrandED consultants group. Prior to founding BrandED, Rex was the assistant vice chancellor for communications and marketing at the University of Denver , where he led one of the first inside out approaches to higher education brand development. Rex is a blogger, brand strategist and keynote speaker. He has presented at numerous conferences and institutions in Australia , Canada , Europe and the United States . Rex is a member of the United Kingdom-based Academy of Marketing and the vice president for brand management at the Colorado Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Rex is a recognized international thought leader in higher education brand building, and develops strategies that allow institution’s to align their internal culture and external reputation. Rex believes a sustainable brand is based on mission, core …