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MBA25 Events Review: Autumn 2019

2019 is coming to an end, which means it’s time to look back on its highlights!
It has been an interesting and action-packed year full of both individual and open events involving numerous fascinating speakers and other business education enthusiasts. But let’s take it one step at a time.

For many years now, we have been organizing Business Education Forums in different cities and countries. Business Education Forum is all about business education and career development. Every year, we see clear proof of our choice of format being the right one, as it allows us to make the event extremely useful for both business schools and potential candidates.

Our motto is ‘Top Schools. Top Candidates’, which means that every event we organize opens doors to ambitious professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs who want the best business education and wish to meet representatives of the world’s leading business schools.

Let’s begin our look-back with the autumn of 2019, when Business Education Forum:

  • was held in four different countries
  • gathered 350 participants
  • attracted 10 new partners
  • and brought together 12 business schools from Europe, Asia and the USA.

In the autumn of 2019, the Forum opened in Moscow on September 21. The venue was the remarkable Marriott Hotel.


Over 100 participants including top managers, executives in the world’s leading companies, owners and representatives of different businesses and undergraduate students met representatives of the best business schools and asked them everything they wanted to ask.

The event included four informative sessions with representatives of top business school and workshops from leading professors who shared the most relevant insights and cases.

An important part in all of our meetings is communication with alumni. The event in Moscow included it, too. Our traditional networking over a glass of wine wrapped up the Moscow Forum.

Hosted by Park Inn by Radisson, the next event took place in Ukraine’s beautiful capital, Kyiv, on September 26.

Nearly a hundred participants in the Forum had an opportunity to speak to admissions officers from 7 of the world’s top business schools, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, IE Business School, ESSEC Business School, HEC Paris, Hult International Business School, Imperial College Business School, Rotman School of Management and the University of Toronto.

No less informative were the workshops by representatives of IE Business School, Rotman School of Management and the University of Toronto, as well as by the Director of Deloitte Ukraine Academy Ivan Kompan and Junior Adviser at EducationUSA Victoria Kyrychenko.


The alumni meeting involved representatives of such business schools as HEC Paris, INSEAD, Yale School of Management and IE Business School.

The event was capped off by the less formal but just as useful and informative networking cocktail party.

Kazakhstan was the next country to host not one, but two Business Education Forums in the autumn of 2019.

The first event took place at InterContinental in Almaty on October 1.

It included presentations by INSEAD and Imperial College Business School, as well as a US business education workshop by EducationUSA Almaty Advising Center and another workshop, MBA in the USA, by an admissions officer from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business (

One part of the forum that deserved special notice was the panel with the alumni of four business schools, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business, INSEAD, IMD Business School and Warwick Business School. They talked about MBA application pitfalls and shared their own experiences and impressions of their business education.

Naturally, there was a networking cocktail party for dessert.

The second Kazakhstan Forum took place at the fabulous Hilton Garden Inn in the country’s capital Nur-Sultan on October 3.

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Business Education Forum in Nur-Sultan had more than 50 participants and included workshops by EducationUSA Astana Advising Center, Langberry and Ainur Mukhanbetzhanova discussing corporate communication, as well as presentations by top business schools.

Looking back at this event, we should definitely mention Dr. Onajomo (Ona) Akemu, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business, who spoke about individual decision-making.

The 2019 marathon of educational business forums culminated in Business Education Forum in Baku on October 8.

First of all, it was very eventful. Workshops by our partners, British Council and Azerbaijan MBA Foreign Club were particularly informative, as were the presentations of our leading speakers.

Individual Events

Apart from Business Education forum, the autumn of 2019 saw an individual event happening in Moscow. On November 14, ESCP Europe Open Day was held in partnership with ESCP Europe.

The participants were able to:

  • meet heads of admissions offices and ask them about programs, funding, scholarships and career development opportunities;
  • visit an overview session with the Professor of Management and Finance at ESCP Europe and get an idea of what it’s like to study in a business school;
  • and get acquainted with business school alumni who are successful entrepreneurs today to learn everything there is to know about studying abroad and the pitfalls associated with it.

Such was our autumn season 2019, an extremely exciting, productive and interesting period. We believe that participants in our events have already chosen a business school and are ready to apply – or perhaps, they have already been admitted, and some top business schools have acquired very talented additions to their student bodies.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who joined us on our journey this autumn and throughout the year, including business schools, alumni speakers and event participants, of course. We are looking forward to 2020 and the upcoming spring season that will bring more educational events and new challenges for our team!

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