The EDHEC Global MBA truly is an international programme. With 27 different nationalities represented by the 2014-2015 class, it is always interesting to hear from the Global MBA participants why they chose EDHEC as the place to do their MBA. All students have interesting responses, and Rubin Laska is no different.

Rubin, originally from Albania, has lived in the United States since he was ten years old. “In the late 1990’s,many Albanians applied to get visas to the US and Canada via the lottery system.  My family and I were one of the few lucky families to get chosen,” explains Rubin. Settling in New York, Rubin attended Marist College where he earned a Bachelors degree in International Business. For several years after, Rubin worked at Wells Fargo Financial in several roles, most recently as a Credit Analyst.

I decided to make a career change and the MBA seemed like the best way to do this. Furthermore, since I had a bachelor's in International Business, I figured doing it in Europe would be the logical next step.” Like many other students, Rubin was interested in gaining new perspectives of business from a more global context. After significant research into many schools in Europe, Rubin finally chose EDHEC because of its reputation as one of the leading schools in Europe as well as for its embrace of international diversity. Not only is this represented in EDHEC’s breadth of students’ nationalities, but also by its willingness to help prospective students in answering any concerns related to coming to a foreign country. As Rubin explains, “what really drew me to finally decide on EDHEC was the helpfulness of the staff.  Finding a flat, getting the visa, and answering general questions.”

Rubin’s background and interests are a common thread among Global MBA participants at EDHEC. Not only are there many nationalities represented, but many students have dual nationalities or have spent significant amounts of time abroad. This adds an even greater international perspective. It also provides students with skills that can be applied all over the world. “I am confident that I will have the skills to work in Europe if I decide to stay. If I decide to go back to work in the United States, it will be because I choose to, not because have to.”