A Kaplan Test Prep survey reveals that U.S. MBA programs feel strongly that they are properly equipping students for their post-graduation careers. Of the admissions officers Kaplan interviewed at more than 200 American business schools, 95% asserted that “today’s MBA graduates in the U.S. are properly prepared for the changing employment landscape.” In addition, 95% and 92% of the participants believe that American business schools prepare aspiring MBAs better for the workplace than do similar European and Asian programs, respectively.
Yet, as Kaplan notes, overseas programs are in fact doing quite well. For its 2014 Global Employability University Ranking, the French human resources consultancy Emerging surveyed 2,500 recruiters in 20 countries, ultimately naming the University of Cambridge in Great Britain as the top program. Although U.S. business schools claimed six of the ranking’s top ten spots, programs based in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany were also well represented, while schools in France, Hong Kong, India, and Australia numbered among the top 25. “The top programs in Europe prepare their students as well as—or even better than—American counterparts,” insisted the dean of the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School in speaking with Top MBA. “I do not accept the survey results as being a fair reflection of reality.”