What differentiates Les Roches University from its competition is its diversity. For example, in 2012, this school broke the Guinness World Record for the largest number of nationalities in a swimming pool at one time. This year, its student body created a human map of the world, and there is an even larger number of different passport holders than last!
Adapting to different cultures is an inevitable challenge in the working world, which makes attending such a unique school very useful, if not without its difficulties. This article will provide a detailed explanation from my point of view of my professors and classmates, specifically within the MBA program.
While Les Roches University is an institution, it is also a business. There are two approaches universities take in terms of accepting students: the Ivy League approach, where there are certain qualifications needed in order to be accepted; or the ’hope for all’ approach, where everyone has a chance at achieving their dreams. If you are willing to pay its tuition fees and are able to pass the TOEFL exam, you are more than likely going to be accepted into this school. That said, you cannot purchase your diploma. Students are required to complete the same projects, presentations, and papers as their peers, which are not easy, especially if English is not your native language. Since most of the students are foreigners with English as their second language, the challenge becomes even bigger. Fortunately, those who take three times as long to read an article work three times harder than those that may comprehend it right away. Who knows, maybe the underdog will graduate at the top of our class?
Class schedules and durations vary from week to week, because a few professors manage businesses of their own and, therefore, may only teach every other week. Since MBA professors have years of experience in their particular field, each professor is different in his or her own way, which stops the program from feeling repetitive.
What differentiates education at this school from others that I have learned from is the variety of teaching styles. Some professors are very direct when explaining the course content, while others may encourage a high level of participation from the students. Some will slow their pace for the sake of the class, while others expect the students to learn what they do not understand on their own.
Nearly every class has a major group project. Some professors will assign the most incompatible partners together, while others allow the students to pick their own groups. The need to adapt to the diversity of students and teachers has a practical application: we are getting exposure to diversity, which makes it easier to know what we do not like, and likewise, to know what type of people we would be most inclined to work with in the future.
Diversity is what defines our network. No matter where we end up after graduation, whether we return to our comfort zones or explore new locations, there will always be that network of alumni around the world we can enjoy a cup of coffee with or present that million dollar international business plan to. This world is emerging into a world of connectivity, and Les Roches University is creating greater opportunity for us. As our motto states, “it’s not just a school, it’s a way of life!”