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INCAE is shaping the business leaders of tomorrow

Article - September 13, 2011
Costa Rica is a regional leader in many areas, with education being among of the most important
One of the jewels in the crown of the country's education system is the INCAE Business School.

The school’s prominence in the region has led its leaders to give themselves an ambitious goal. They want to do more than just provide an excellent education to the students who come from many parts of the world; they want to play a role in improving the lives of all Central Americans.  

“The mission of INCAE goes beyond the training of leaders, we want to change the region,” says Arturo Condo, INCAE’s rector. “It’s a different concept because that way education becomes a means and not an end in itself. We don’t worry about how many students are graduating, but rather how many of them will have an impact.”

The school, which also has a campus in Nicaragua, offers several programs that are important to the region, including an MBA in Spanish and English and a Global Executive MBA. Other degrees students can earn at the school are Global Real Estate Management and a Master in Agribusiness Management.

INCAE boasts the highest ratio of doctoral-level, full-time professors of any business school in Latin America. Of the more than 40 faculty members, 92% hold degrees from Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and other top business schools.

“The people who work here are dedicated exclusively to our mission and to our commitment to excellence,” says Mr. Condo. “We make sure to find professionals that can meet the expectations and demands of this business school.”

The professors use modern teaching methods, and rely on the proven case-method approach that was developed at Harvard Business School. The multinational faculty, which has relevant experience in business and consultancy, teaches only at INCAE, ensuring students have their teachers’ undivided dedication.

The high level of the school’s professors, teaching methodology, and students has placed INCAE at or near the top of regional business school rankings for years, generating a virtuous circle that helps the school recruit more top-notch students and teachers from all around the world.  

INCAE has students from all around the region, including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Peru, Mexico, and Colombia, and also from countries in other parts of the world, such as France, Spain, and the U.S.

Once they finish the course, the alumni benefit from that diverse background of the student body, which provides an international network of contacts that can help them progress in their professional lives. The school makes a strong effort to recruit students from the U.S. who have a special interest in Latin America.