Should You Choose MISB Bocconi Over Other Schools?
Being a student at MISB Bocconi, I think I can say this with credibility. So, is MISB the best B-School today? No. Do they have the potential to be one of India’s top institutes in the not so distant future? Most definitely yes. MISB is still just 4-yrs old, and that is a very important fact in my answer here.
The campus is one floor, but I disagree that it is preventing you from having a Campus Life or the “aura”. If interacting with your peers is really what you want, and if you understand the concept of ‘Probability’, you realise your chance of running into each other is a lot more on one floor, than it is on a 200-acre campus. I speak from experience. And what it lacks in space, it more than makes up in facilities. It is open to students 24 hrs, with free Wi-fi and AC in all classrooms, a canteen and snack area. There are dedicated study areas too where you can go and burn the midnight oil. Located a stone’s throw from the heart of Powai, accessibility isn’t an issue. We have tie-ups with the local Football Turf grounds, Powai Racquets Club etc and hold regular sporting events. On campus, we have Table-Tennis and Foosball tables. In addition to all this, we share a highly interactive relation with the Professors, both in and outside the classroom. Professors join us for Dinner and Lunch and always stay in touch.
A majority of the professors come from Bocconi University, Milan which is ranked as among the very best Universities in Europe and the World. Their approach to teaching is very hands-on, highly updated, with multiple case studies, and lots of interaction. All teaching material is accessed via a digital medium. The E-Learning platform is your one-stop for everything you need academically. Reading material, case studies, slides are all uploaded here. Besides this, all professors start their first lecture by providing their personal Email IDs and Mobile Phone numbers. Emails usually get replied to within 12 hrs, and they are more than happy to talk to you. We also have a dean, Ex-IIM Professor Dr. Himanshu Rai who has been a strong pillar when it comes to giving Indian perspective to the learnings at MISB. We also have IIM professors coming down to Mumbai to teach us, essentially giving us the best of both worlds. In terms of our connections to companies and recruitments, the first batch had an average package of Rs 9.9LPA (which in my opinion is stunning for the very first batch of any B-School), which went to Rs 10.23LPA for the next batch and it’s expected to go further up. We have done live projects with the Aditya Birla Group, Future Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, ICICI and that’s just my batch. Our summer internships consisted of companies like Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Loreal, Future Group, ICICI, Piaggio etc with stipends of up to Rs 60,000 pm. Some have even managed to get Pre-Placement Offers and Interviews. On top of all this, we have a mandatory exchange semester at Bocconi, Milan (September to December) where we get to experience a whole new world there. We interact with students from multiple nationalities, get to live alone in a new country and visit surrounding countries there. That teaches you a lot about life, people and how things work in different ways. It has gone a long way to expand my horizon in what I want to do with my life and my career.
In conclusion, should you choose MISB over other business schools? I think that would be a personal preference, and it’s not simply a question of which is better in terms of academics or pay packages. But if you have doubts that MISB is not a top notch college, then I can assure you that it is. What I would suggest though is to come over and sit for one of the open classes. You’ll get a better idea of what it’s like, and what to expect, and then make your decision. I hope this helps you make a more informed decision.