As the China and Asian economies shows increased strength, and opportunities in the East continuously emerge, the region has become an attractive destination for business schools candidates.
Among Asia-Pacific programmes, almost half reported a growth in domestic applications, with a fifth seeing a stable application volume from domestic candidates. Looking at international applicants, 37% reported a growth and 32% stated their international applications remained stable.
Most (90%) applicants to business schools in the region hailed from within the Asia-Pacific region.
A total of 32 Asia-Pacific full-time two-year MBA programmes responded to the survey, the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) Application Trends Survey Report 2019.
Of these, 63% reported a growth in total application volume. Seven tenths of the applicant pool was domestic, with domestic application volumes growing at 69% of programmes.
Of the 22 programmes, 73% saw domestic application volume growth year-on-year. 41% also saw international application growth.
China business schools sees over 5% total application increase
Compared to the equivalent 2018 survey, Chinese programmes that responded to both surveys showed a 5.2% increase in overall applications.
Domestic applications to China business schools rose 6.8%; international applications rose 3.9%.
China has a number of big name schools, including CEIBS in Shanghai and Peking University in Beijing, which offers the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA).
BiMBA students also have the opportunity to study on joint programmes between PKU-University College London (UCL) or PKU-Vlerick Business School (Belgium).
In addition to business schools being attractive to international students, 45 colleges have been granted permission in China to deliver MBBS medical degrees in English to foreign students in the country.
Twenty-eight Indian programmes responded to the survey, of which half reported application volume growth. The vast majority (95%) of applicants were domestic.
This year, almost half (46%) of programmes reported a growth in domestic application volume, a quarter (25%) reported their volume remained the same, and only 29% reported a decline in domestic applications.
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