Road show the chance to compare the finest that business schools have to offer The 10th World MBA Tour coming to town on November 20 offers people wanting to pursue an MBA the chance to compare a host of programmes from local and overseas schools. The education fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre will be open between 5pm and 9pm in meeting room 201. Some of the biggest names - Yale, Michigan, the London Business School, Georgetown, UCLA and the Australian Graduate School of Management - will be represented. All kinds of programmes will be featured, from conventional MBAs to executive MBAs and those with a specific focus. There will be both part-time and full-time programmes, some taught on campus and others through distance learning. While business schools from the United States and Britain will have a strong presence, the World MBA Tour is unique in that it features many schools from non-English-speaking countries. In addition to institutions such as INSEAD of France and Shanghai's China Europe International Business School will be less well-known institutions such as the Instituto de Empresa of Spain, the Indian Business School, the Norwegian School of Management, and the Stockholm Institute of Management and Technology. But if you're worried about language, don't be. Most of these programmes are taught in English, attracting a diverse student body that allows participants to interact with classmates from various countries and cultures. Law firm partner Jeanette Ng specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and financing. She received her MBA from IMD of Switzerland, which she chose after comparing the curriculums of programmes in both the United States and Europe and speaking to graduates of several American programmes. 'Having reviewed IMD's programme details and visited the school, I decided that it was the right choice,' she says. One of the key benefits of taking part in a quality MBA programme is the chance to network with professionals from diverse backgrounds. Ms Ng decided that a programme catering to slightly older and more mature students would best suit her needs because she could learn more from people who were further along their career path. She also liked IMD because of its focus on developing leadership skills. 'I thought it would be valuable experience in terms of overall personal development, complementing the technical knowledge that all MBA programmes try to install in their participants,' Ms Ng says. She also liked the school's small, personalised classes, which enabled the building of 'closer, more value-added relationships'. Studying abroad was an attraction in itself because it offered interaction 'with people of different nationalities and exposure to different perspectives and values'. Studying in the United States had been an ambition of Dato Sandroshvili, an investment banking associate at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney in London. He received an MBA from the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance of Brandeis University in 2001. 'After working in economic development for almost five years, I started researching alternative career opportunities. I wanted to do something different - something radical - that would not only change my career but also change my life,' he said. 'Leaving Georgia, in the former Soviet Union, moving overseas and starting a career in international finance was an obvious choice. It was also obvious that I would not be able to make a move without an MBA.' Mr Sandroshvili enrolled in 1999. 'My decision gave me everything that I wanted,' he says. 'It helped me realise that investment banking was the field that I wanted to focus on within international finance. It gave me the tools that I use every day in my job as an investment banking associate.' More than 34,000 people attended last year's tour in dozens of cities, with a record 294 MBA programmes from a host of countries.