Adina Laura Achim
Adina Laura was born in Romania and moved abroad when she was 17. Since then she lived in some of the most beautiful countries in Latin America and Europe. She has published 8 books and is passionate about gender equality, education and social justice.

Top MBA Programs in Latin America

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Latin America is becoming a powerhouse in many aspects and one feature which is gaining particular attention is education. As higher education improves, a more skilled workforce is expected to enter the labour market but there’s still an ongoing skill shortage despite the promising demographic bonus.

According to the International Labor Organization, 25% of Latin America’s population is aged between 15 and 20, which compared to ageing European nations gives the region a series boost. However, the difficulty comes when governments try to transform this working- age population into a skilled human resource. Expanding the productive, highly- skilled population is dependent on developing certain skills and boosting knowledge. Obviously, high- quality education and training are compulsory for achieving this goal and MBA programs offer distinctive advantages for those who pursue them.

As the real advantages of MBA programs are indisputable, bellow is a list of Latin American programs that can compete with the international and more established exceutive MBAs.

1. EGADE Business School, Mexico is in the global ranking at nr. 78 but it offers valid reasons for becoming the first choice for Latin American and international students. Enjoying a repute standing thanks to the calibre of its graduates, its transformative education model and challenging curriculum. EGADE is also ranked second for graduate employability.

2. INCAE Business School, Costa Rica is found at nr. 97 in the global MBA ranking. Known in the region as the Harvard of the South, this institution follows Harvard’s Case Study methods and it comes on the top position in Latin America for graduate employability. In terms of return of investment it falls on the ninth position but it gets brilliant marks for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes.

3. IAE Business School, Universidad Austral from Argentina holds a volatile position in the global ranking, moving between number 141 and number 150 but through its transformative measures it has the potential to enhance the global knowledge of its graduates. With three decades of experience in executive education and over 8,000 alumni, the IAE MBA program offers unique advantages like graduate job placement and diversity, attracting remarkable candidates.

4. ESAN, Peru is found in the global ranking at number 151 to 200 and the private university was established with the assistance of Stanford University, becoming the first Graduate Business School in the region. It enjoys AMBA and AACSB accreditation and it represents one of Latin America’s leading educational institutions. ESAN offers dual degree options presented in partnership with its associates from Europe, US and Asia.

5. Universidad de Palermo (UP), Argentina. The MBA program offered by this private university from Buenos Aires is found in the global ranking at position 151 to 200. The school enjoys a brilliant reputation due to its innovative approach to higher education and strong working ties with world- renowned universities like: Harvard, Yale, LSE and NYU. Additionally, Universidad de Palermo has an international agreement with New York University, Stern School of Business through which UP students can qualify to study abroad for a full semester.

About the Author
Adina Laura Achim is not only a UN Women’s Empower Women Champion for Change, but also a published author, entrepreneur, leader, human rights activist, and PR executive. Adina’s editorials appeared in The Jewish Business News, The Latin American Post, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan, Buro 24/7, Grazia, Society Magazine, Fashion TV and ZINK Magazine, and has been translated into English, Spanish, Slovene, Bulgarian, Armenian, and Russian. Beyond her notable resume, Adina is also lauded for her political engagement and humanitarian activism. Her name is broadly associated with nonprofits that fight against human trafficking and pediatric cancer and for the rights of the refugees and Asylum seekers. With eight books published in three languages and her byline on numerous articles and reviews, Adina is happy to be living the life of a modern storyteller, while remaining faithful to her own values and her quest for authenticity.
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