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Master’s in Management: Q&A with programme director

By Craig O

Updated April 8, 2022 Updated April 8, 2022

We spoke to Thibault Seguret, Programme Director for the Master’s in Management (MiM) proramme at INSEAD to learn more about the student experience at the school. Seguret oversees the operational aspects of the entire MiM programme which involves working closely with academics, students and the school’s Career Development Centre. 

Give a brief overview of how teaching in your programmes is structured. 

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. We have more than 1,000 participants annually in our suite of master programmes: MBA, Executive MBA and Specialised Master’s degrees.  

All programmes offer a global perspective and cultural diversity that prepare our graduates to excel and succeed in their careers anywhere in the world. INSEAD’s MiM is tailored for young undergraduates who want to complete their studies with a master’s degree in business. The MiM covers all aspects of business, from marketing to finance, managing operations to accounting and economics with two strong accents: one on digital and AI and the second on soft skills.  

The goal is to create responsible leaders who are equally at ease working with technology as they would be working within diverse teams who can relate and collaborate with diverse individuals. 

What are the key details you think potential applicants should be aware of?  

Like all INSEAD programmes, the INSEAD MiM is an intense experience alongside an extremely diverse group of classmates. Everyone is a minority at INSEAD; study groups are composed of very different nationalities and backgrounds that are shuffled from one period to the next bringing together diverse individuals with diverse perspectives and understanding of the world.   

The experience will take learners through two campus locations with six months in Europe and four months in Singapore, with at least one study trip to either San Francisco, China or Abu Dhabi adding yet another source of cultural diversity.  

Explain some of the ways your institution is innovating in your area of study.  

At INSEAD, students are treated like the professionals and business leaders we want them to become. The INSEAD MiM program is centred around action and application of knowledge: pertinent business cases, lively class discussions, and group assignments that let students work on real business issues. Each period concludes with a practical where they put into practice everything learned thus far.  

Learning at INSEAD is not only about what you know, it’s also about what you can do and will do with that knowledge. Beyond classes, the clubs and centres of excellence constantly enrich the experience and vary the perspectives offered to students. The diversity of the student body itself contributes frequently to making their classmates experience more meaningful. 

How do you anticipate your MiM evolving in the future?  

INSEAD is one of the leading schools in educating young responsible leaders with the purpose of transforming society. Studying at INSEAD exposes students to actual research trying to make sense of the complexity of global challenges, making it the best place to gain a deep understanding of how to tackle climate change, corporate social responsibility and inclusion. 

What opportunities do your programmes offer students beyond the classroom? 

INSEAD student clubs are run by students and supported by the school. They play a vital role in the student experience.  Our clubs cover a broad range of topics and a large proportion of the student population are honing their leadership skills by being in the management team of these clubs.  

A wide range of student-run professional clubs work closely with INSEAD Student Life department and the INSEAD Career Development Centre. They organise regular networking and speaker events on campus, as well as webinars, competitions or "career treks" further afield.  

Some of the larger clubs also organise prominent annual forums and conferences, like the Private Equity Conference, the Women in Business Conference or the Global Luxury Forum not to mention the Hoffmann Institute. 

What are the career outcomes of your programme for recent graduates?  

The INSEAD MiM is an excellent stepping stone to go into consulting but not only that! It also prepares students for a wide range of career choices across different industry sectors, including financial services, technology, consumer and luxury goods, and healthcare.   

The Career Development Centre is a global team of about 40 professionals representing over 20 nationalities, based across INSEAD’s three campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It consists of personal career coaches, employer engagement specialists and operations team members with expertise in events management, digital resources and data analytics.  

Together, they engage with students enrolled in various programmes, through career core courses, electives, workshops and individual sessions, and develop partnerships with alumni and recruiters across multiple regional economies. They host hundreds of companies on campus and organise treks in various locations throughout the year. 

This article was originally published in April 2022 .

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As Head of Content, Craig is responsible for all articles and guides published across TopUniversities and TopMBA. He has nearly 10 years of experience writing for a student audience and extensive knowledge of universities and study programs around the world.

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