London, Paris, Milan and Frankfurt are four of the world’s most important financial centres. We profile four top business schools for European finance, one at the heart of each of these cities.
HEC Paris was one of Europe’s first MBA schools, launching its MBA program in 1969. Regularly ranked in the top 20 business schools in the world by the Financial Times this is a stalwart (albeit a dynamic one) of the business school scene. It has impressive career statistics to boot; 80% of 2010 graduates had a job offer by graduation and many of them were recruited by BNP Paribas and Lafarge.
With a mean graduate base salary of $121,675, one quarter go into consulting and one fifth into finance. The school itself is located on a 110-hectare woodland campus in Jouy-en-Josas in Versailles, just southwest of Paris.
EBS Business School
Frankfurt’s EBS University was Germany’s first business university. The campuses are just outside the melee of Frankfurt at Oestrich-Winkel, known as “the Castle”, and Wiesbaden-Schierstein, or “Rheingau-Palais”. EBS Business School graduates are regularly recruited from the school’s corporate supporters who include JP Morgan Chase, L'Oréal, Rothschild and Procter & Gamble.
SDA Bocconi, Italy’s most established business school, is located in the centre of Milan. Its graduates are recruited heavily by BANCA IMI and Johnson&Johnson and they can expect an average base salary of $92,963. The biggest single group – 40% of
grads - move into the consulting industry and the next most popular choice is finance with 17%. SDA Bocconi is not just full of financiers but fashionistas, keen to soak up the Italian fashion culture and study a module in luxury goods management.
Cass Business School
The City of London is the crown jewel of European financial centres. Cass business school, part of London’s City University, is located in Moorgate in London’s financial district, and has a reputation for its academic excellence in strategy and hard core finance. The old stomping ground of EasyJet’s Stelios, Coca Cola CEO Muhtar Kent and Robert Kelly, CEO of Bank of New York Mellon offers specialised programs in areas such as derivatives trading. Career prospects look bright for Cass MBA graduates with 71% working in the financial industry.