Forum: School selection (6 Comments)

Which university

  • Posted by - Isha - on 10 November 2013 - 2:42am

    I am a bit confused about which university will be good for me. I have three choices, Edinburgh, Aston or Kent. Am planning to do Msc in Human Resources. Could u please advise? I have heard that Birmingham crowd has many asians. Which university will you recommend taking into consideration job opportunities during stay at university and reputation wise?
    Many thanks.

    • Posted by - rushonhunt - on 12 November 2013 - 3:00pm


      I am planning to go for masters in supply chain management. I am a fresher Engineer in electronics with a degree of 63%.I have appeared for IELTS and scored 7.5 band on 9 band. I have also appeared for GRE and my score was 291.

      I have shortlisted few universities and would appreciate if you evaluate the universities on the basis of its ranking, job prospects post graduation and its credibility.

      1. Kuhne Logistic University, Hamburg, Germany.
      2. Windsor University, Canada
      3. Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
        4.HEC Montreal, Canada

      Please provide me detailed information regarding these universities and job opportunities in supply chain management industry for international students after masters. And what are the chances of getting admission.

      Waiting for your response.


      • Posted by - rushonhunt - on 15 November 2013 - 9:33pm


        1. Kuhne logistic university-
          It is a new university located in Hamburg but an upcoming university in Germany as well as EU and located close to a port. could not get much information later.
        2. Windsor university is relatively an average university but its a public university. Located near Detroit.
          3.TU Eindhoven and HEC are best schools in terms of world ranking. Enquired about these universities through their respective representatives.They have high admit GRE scores. So, eliminating these two options.

        • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 17 November 2013 - 2:55pm

          Hi there,

          well, pretty thin analysis given that you plan to invest thousands of Euros in a university, right? I am sure, with some effort you could do better. I give you some comments below so that you have an example what you can do.

          You are right, the KLU is relatively young (10 years old), located in Hamburg and close to a port. In fact, the key strength of this institution is its competence in global logistics and supply chain management. This area is a key area in its curricula and also reflects the KLU's employer network.

          As for ranking, you will not find it in internationally recognized rankings such as the Financial Times Ranking. Hence, if you are interested in a worldwide reputation such as London Business School or Harvard, the KLU would be the wrong choice. If you primarily look for rankings as quality criteria - so get some confirmation that the university does a good job - you will find regional rankings such as the Handelsblatt ranking. Have you seen this article already...? - The Handelsblatt is Germany's number 1 newspaper on business and economics.

          Similarly, if you search for internationally recognized accreditations such as AACSB, EQUIS, or AMBA, the KLU will be the wrong choice. If you just want some confirmation about the school's quality, you can rely on national accreditions such as FIBAA.

          If you have a closer look at the KLU (again: I recomend you doing it...), you see that the school has many partner universities, which is a good sign - as it expresses a school's strong network.

          It is also a good sign that the school offers many scholarships, at least through intermediary partners, as this shows its interest in students even if they have less financial resources.

          I stop here because you can move on by yourself now. But as a summary, the KLU is a serious and competent institution with focus on logistics and supply chain management and a good infrastructure. If you look for a worldwide reputation it may be the wrong place for you - but if you are interested in a serious education and a regional business network it may be the right choice.

          I also recommend you contacting the school's admission or career office to ask for career statistics regarding the graduates. Where did they find a job? How many students found a job within 3 months of graduating? You can send them a message through the REQUEST INFO Button here.

          As for Windsor, I leave it up to you to investigate as you have a blueprint now how to do that.

          Best wishes

          By Thomas Graf

      • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 14 November 2013 - 11:49am

        Hi there,

        thank you for your question. Let me turn the question around and ask you: How do you evaluate these schools? What investigation have you done in terms of screening their websites, checking rankings, or reading articles about them? Let me know and I'll be happy to comment.

        Best wishes

        by Thomas Graf

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 10 November 2013 - 11:38pm

      Hi Isha,

      thank you for your question. If you have read some of my comments in this Forum, you likely see that I always emphasize that there are no objective criteria about the "best" school. It always depends on what you want.

      I so suggest taking into account internationally recognized accreditations such as AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. Have you done that already? If not, start reading my article here and compare the schools.

      Most important, however, is that you clarify your personal career goals first. Where do you want to work? Which country or employers? Do your favorite employers recruit at your favorite schools? How many of the graduates start to work at your favorite employers?

      Or do you not have a clear picture about your future yet? Do you, for instance, "just want a job", no matter where?

      It is important to clarify that in advance. Once you have reflected on this, you need to analyze and compare the programs.

      • As for career statistics, you can screen the websites and contact the admissions office. If the admissions or career service managers are not able or willing to provide you with data on how many people found a job within 3 months, I would not invest my money in there.

      • If you have favorite employers, you need to find out how many people start to work there. As the school how many people started to work at company XY etc.

      • You can also contact your favorite employers' HR department and ask if they recruit form that school.

      • Finally, you can ask the school to bring you in contact with (1) a current student of your nationality and (2) an ex student (alumnus) - and contact them to get a first hand impression.

      You understand my logic? It is important that you screen the schools and programs form outside, by applying the accreditation lens or by looking out for rankings. But this is not enough. You need to formulate your specific career questions and ask the school (after having screened the websites for career statistics), employers, and students. This will provide you with much better information.

      And on top of that, you get the information how competent, fast, politely the school treats you and your question. Again, I would not invest my money in a school that doesn't answer my questions.

      So, this was about your career goals. But maybe you also have competence goals. What do you want to learn? Do you have specific areas within HR management that you want to emphasize. Have you compared the courses and the curriculum in every detail already? I am sure there are differences among the programs and these differences may be a source of information for you which program to choose.

      Have you checked the structure of the program already? The length or it but also whether there are internships or in-company projects included. Such practical phases can be an advantage if they allow you to meet your future employer.

      Again, these are just inspirations for you to help you move on.

      Best wishes

      by Thomas Graf