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Cambridge: A Virtual Tour

  1. Judge Business School

    Judge Business School

    The University of Cambridge sits about 50 miles north of London. The surrounding area has adopted the nickname "Silicon Fen," a nod to the hundreds of tech-based companies nearby. Visitors may not immediately understand how an 800-year-old university laid the groundwork for a city with a tech-focused business climate. But the story behind Cambridge’s Judge Business School puts part of that evolution into context.

    Cambridge first started teaching management in the university’s engineering department in 1954. The courses emphasized science and innovation, two themes that resonate in the program today. The Judge School opened in 1990 and started offering a one-year, full-time MBA in 1991. The school introduced a Masters of Finance degree in 2008 and an Executive MBA in 2009.

    Total business school enrollment is now 377, about 165 of whom are enrolled in the full-time MBA program. The school admits about 27 percent of MBA applicants, and tuition for both residents and nonresidents is $55,900.

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  2. A Global Student Body

    A Global Student Body

    The most distinguishing characteristic of the Judge School is likely the international makeup of its student body. Ninety-four percent of students come from outside the U.K., and the distribution of nationalities doesn’t tip in favor of a single country: The greatest concentrations are from the U.S. and India, at about 12 percent each.

    Judge students speak an average of three languages, and the admissions team is working to attract more applicants from parts of the world such as Eastern Europe and Africa, which have been less represented.

    The ages of Judge students tend to skew older than at most MBA programs because the school places an emphasis on prior work experience. MBA students are an average of 30 years old, with six to seven years of work history.
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  3. Small Classes

    Small Classes

    Judge’s more than 80 faculty members mirror its international student body and have research interests around the world.

    The average core MBA class consists of about 56 students, and the average MBA elective about 21. MBA candidates can choose a concentration or specialization in eight disciplines, ranging from health to entrepreneurship. The program also offers several opportunities to learn from guest lecturers and visiting business leaders.
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  4. Project-Based Curriculum

    Project-Based Curriculum

    The Judge MBA curriculum centers around three projects to be completed throughout the year. Project work requires students to draw on the prior experience of their classmates, which is an integral part of the Cambridge learning experience, says Conrad Chua, head of MBA recruitment and admissions. In one project, students are paired with a local organization to do consulting work. For another, students complete an international assignment, often in a location of their choosing, where they work with real companies to solve problems.
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  5. Interact with Business Leaders

    Interact with Business Leaders

    Judge’s chief executive in-residence program allows students to interact with a current business leader on a regular basis via discussions, teaching, and informal meetings. Here, Kevin Roberts, worldwide CEO of London ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi and a former resident CEO at Judge, lectures students. This year’s resident CEO at Judge is Bradley Fried, a managing partner at Grovepoint Capital, a London private-equity shop.

    Students have other opportunities to learn from real-world business leaders through the Cambridge Leadership Seminars. These lectures are followed by a reception and dinner where students can discuss a range of issues with the speaker.
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  6. Technology Resources

    Technology Resources

    The school has spent more than $750,000 in recent years to make such tech improvements as schoolwide Wi-Fi. Students have a number of other resources at their disposal. Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s technology transfer group, helps students commercialize university intellectual property. Participants learn how to manage and license patents, as well as how to get access to angel investors and other sources of early-stage capital.

    IdeaSpace is another group at the university that helps connect students with the resources they need to see startup projects to fruition.
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  7. The Great Hall

    The Great Hall

    The great hall pictured here is part of the Judge school’s main building on Trumpington Street. The structure, which was refurbished in the late 20th century, occupies the site of a former hospital. Most of the school’s lecture halls are housed in the same building, as is the business and management studies library.
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  8. A River Runs Through It

    A River Runs Through It

    The river Cam cuts though the university's campus and hosts one of Cambridge's oldest traditions: the annual boat race against Oxford.

    Rowing opportunities exist for experts and novices. The exercise is one example of nearly 50 types of sport clubs open to business students. Other extracurriclars might be more family-friendly. Seven museums are open to students and guests. The campus's ADC Theatre claims to have shaped the careers of such actors as Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. And the school’s Botanic Garden is a local tourist attraction, drawing nearly 130,000 visitors a year. The city of Cambridge also hosts a string of music, art, and food festivals in the summer.
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  9. Finding Students Jobs

    Finding Students Jobs

    Because the Cambridge MBA is a one-year program, the school’s career services department focuses on matching students to full-time jobs and does little in the way of internship pairings. Some students have been known to defer work until the fall, opting to use the summer to write a business plan, work on a project with faculty, or take another class at the university. The school’s most recent placement data show that 58 percent of students had a job offer by graduation, 18 percent received an offer in the three months following graduation, and 19 percent had offers more than three months after graduation.
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  10. Roaming Far

    Roaming Far

    The majority of Cambridge MBA grads go off to work in Western Europe (62 percent), Asia (28 percent), and the U.S. (8 percent). An increasing number of graduates are heading to work in emerging markets in Africa and South America, Chua says. Two banks that tend to recruit graduates are London-based Barclays and Standard Chartered, the latter of which has several branches in Africa. Students have also gone on to work at the international units of Google and Amazon.
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  11. Alumni Network

    Alumni Network

    Cambridge counts 190,000 alumni in 74 countries, about 3,400 of which graduated from the Judge Business School and 1,400 from the MBA program. The annual Judge alumni reunion weekend and an online network run by the school are easy ways to stay connected. However, many alumni maintain a deeper involvement.

    Judge alumni get in touch each year to recruit students for consulting projects. Some also assist with mentorship and development programs, such as those offered through the school’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.
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