SOURCE: Graduate Management Admission Council

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November 16, 2010 17:00 ET

Thousands of Students From 125 Countries to Converge for Virtual MBA Recruitment Event

GMATCH Virtual MBA Fair to Feature Dozens of Business Schools From Asia, Europe and North America

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) -  Thousands of prospective MBA students from more than 125 countries on six continents are gearing up for an international MBA fair featuring 56 of the world's best business schools -- and no one will even have to leave home to participate.

The GMATCH Virtual MBA Fair, created by the organization that owns the GMAT exam, will use a graphically rich platform to allow students to interact with school representatives and learn about management education via the Internet. GMATCH is scheduled for November 22 and 23 and will include business schools from Asia, Europe and North America.

Exhibiting schools include London Business School, INSEAD, IMD, HEC Paris, Cambridge Judge Business School, Nanyang Business School, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, CEIBS, the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. A full list of participating schools is at www.g-match.com/mbaprograms.html.

There is no charge for students to participate in GMATCH. Visit www.g-match.com for more information and to register.

Beyond providing an opportunity for students and business school recruiters to interact, GMATCH will feature panel sessions where current students, alumni and admissions professionals will share targeted advice about getting into business school and making the most of the experience.

Topics will include preparing an attention-grabbing business school application, applying an MBA in today's uncertain economy, and understanding the reasons people already in business school chose to pursue an MBA. GMATCH will also include presentations about preparing for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the growing presence of women in management education.

GMATCH is organized by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), an international association of business schools dedicated to helping people maximize career opportunities through management education. The virtual fair follows a similar event GMAC sponsored in April that attracted participants from 68 countries.

GMATCH has drawn broad support from admissions officials excited about the prospect of simultaneously reaching a global pool of promising applicants.

"IMD was one of the first schools asked to participate with GMATCH. As the person responsible for admissions and marketing, I was very reluctant to participate due to the fair being virtual, because IMD is known for its personal, face-to-face contact with people," said Lisa Piguet, associate director of admissions and marketing for the full-time MBA program at IMD in Switzerland. "However, after doing the online fair, meeting the high caliber candidates and then seeing the yield from the fair, I can honestly say I would do it again."

To access additional quotes from exhibiting schools, please visit http://gmac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=124.

About GMAC and the GMAT exam

The Graduate Management Admission Council (www.gmac.com) is a nonprofit education organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide dedicated to creating access to and disseminating information about graduate management education. GMAC is based in Reston, Virginia, and has regional offices in London and Hong Kong. The GMAT® exam was created in 1954 and is used by nearly 5,000 graduate management programs at approximately 1,900 business schools around the world to assess applicants. The GMAT -- the only standardized test designed expressly for graduate business and management programs worldwide -- is continuously available at more than 550 test centers in 111 countries. More information about the GMAT exam is available at www.mba.com.