Borders & Business School Talent

May 13, 2010 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT | Online Program


This GMAC webinar was designed to offer insights about student mobility in the business school talent pipeline. 

The webinar included a discussion of population changes and economic forces have traditionally affected trends in business school candidates’ study preferences. This webinar will offered a behind-the-scenes view of this dynamic recruitment landscape for graduate management education.

In addition, the webinar included a discussion of the following:

  • Emerging study destinations and key shifts in regional and domestic talent pools
  • Top places of talent origin and their preferred destinations
  • Score-sending tendencies by gender, age, and background
  • Survey findings about what makes a destination attractive for study
  • Opportunities for GMAT-using schools to locate and reach international talent

Recent data in GMAT score-sending patterns combined with survey findings offer more details, including:

  • Globalization of Business School Talent: Global GMAT volume reached an all-time high of 265,613 in Testing Year 2009 (July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009), with 51 percent taken by non-US citizens.
  • New records in score sending: More GMAT test takers are sending more score reports to more business schools worldwide. A total of 801,504 GMAT score reports were sent around the world in Testing Year 2009, an increase of more than 200,000 from 2005. During this time frame, the number of scores sent by Asian citizens increased 89 percent.
  • Shift away from US schools: Although the total number of scores sent to US schools continued to rise, European and Asian citizens sent a smaller share of their GMAT score reports to the US from five years ago, while simultaneously sending more score reports to programs in these regions.
  • Shifts in Asia: Overall, business schools in Asia received 6 percent of global score reports sent, up from less than 3 percent five years ago. Two of the largest education hubs in the world—India and Singapore—are located in the region. But the differences in the student talent they attract are striking.
  • Shifts in Europe: Ten European countries, led by the United Kingdom and France, attracted 9.5 percent of global GMAT score reports. Six of the 10 countries experienced triple-digit percentage growth since 2005.

Webinar Files

  • To view a recording of this webinar, click here.
  • To download the webinar PowerPoint presentation, click here.  


  • Alex Chisholm, Senior Analyst, Research and Development, GMAC
  • Courtney Defibaugh, Senior Analyst, Research and Development, GMAC
  • Sabrina White, Member Service Specialist, GMAC

Additional Resources

Read more about GMAC data and international student mobility in the following: