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Old 18.04.2008, 00:46
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Re: Evaluation of US high school diploma

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And yes, that's not to say that we all take 100% practical courses at university in the US, but from my experience the curriculum is much less theory-focused (especially from a business admin standpoint) than in Switzerland.
Actually it wasn't that bad in Geneva. The first year was pretty much theory oriented, but once past that, most of it was either case studies or live practical stuff. We had Klaus Schwab (of WEF fame) insist on his courses being 90% field work. We had a business org professor dude taking us with him to board meetings of local Swiss companies he sat on(ABB; Nestlé; Novartis) to kibitz on the proceedings. We had the CIO of Lombard Odier teach us banking systems.

The whole market finance and derivatives field was covered by Rajna Gibson (if you do derivatives then you *know* of Gibson) and Lhabitant (who headed alternative investments at UBP) plus some dude with a PhD from MIT who had his own FX derivatives firm. So it was a lot of "get your hands dirty under the engine hood" stuff. Business Law was taught by one of the Guggenheim dynasty - who's rather active in international arbitrage proceedings.

I didn't do much marketing past the first year but most of it in the advanced courses was field projects like designing actual products (made to order by L'Oreal) and a strategy to go with them.

Frankly, it wasn't half bad. Of course, probably not as good as First World Latin Business Admin in Texas.
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