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Top 10 things I learned as a Sauder MBA

February 24th, 2006
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10) Always consider the ROI and NPV.
9) The administration doesn’t admit mistakes.
8) MBAs especially executive MBAs are cash cows.
7) There are four types of Chinese students:

i) Canadian Chinese whether native born or long time immigrants.
ii) Hong Kong Chinese which speak Cantonese not Mandarin.
iii) Taiwanese who speak Mandarin but possibly have some ideological differences with the mainland.
iv) Mainland Chinese, who are often staunch PRC nationalists.

6) MBAs would rather gossip than study.
5) The ROI of helping others even those who have already helped you is not worth it so don’t bother.
4) Cheating although officially frowned upon, is unlikely to be punished let alone harshly.
3) Although not impossible, it is rare that an MBA flunks out. This is due to students being cash cows and the administration having to admit they might have been wrong in admitting the person in the first place.
2) If you don’t want to talk to someone anymore, just accuse them of harassment.
1) The truth is rarely popular.

Update January 21st 2013

Given how I was treated by the administration and how I continue to suffer now over seven years after graduation, I can not recommend the Sauder MBA program at the University of British Columbia.


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