The share of women in the Master in International Business (MIB) class has reached 70% in the academic year 2019/20. Although women are closing the gender gap in representation in business education, they are still underrepresented in many university programmes globally. The percentage of female students who enrolled in the MIB in the academic year 2018/19 was 46%, almost achieving gender parity the very same year that the programme was launched. Today, the 50:50 ratio between men and women have been met beyond expectations.

The director of the Master in International Business, Dr Merce Bernardo, explains that although there was no intention of obtaining this figure during the admission process, the Commission is happy of contributing to the education of empowered international female leaders.

The MIB class of 2020 is a diverse group of 32 highly capable students from all corners of the world. The large majority of students come from Europe (53%), followed by North America (22%), Asia (13%), South America (9%) and Africa (3%). Overall, 19 nationalities are represented in the MIB class. In the first semester, three Erasmus students will join the group.

Students enrolled in the MIB programme typically hold an undergraduate degree in Business Management or International Business from prestigious higher education institutions such as Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Tilburg University, University of Warsaw, Bogaziçi University, George Mason University and Corvinus University of Budapest, among others.

The average age of the students is 25 years old. The age group profile of applicants is clearly in favour of the ‘under 25’ group, which accounts for 69% of all students, followed by students under 30 (25%) and students above 31 (6%).