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Andres Hurtado

Degree

MBA 2015, Ivey Business School

I was born in Colombia and did my undergrad in Chemical Engineering in Medellin. After working for about four years I moved to Canada, and for another two years I worked in the Oil and Gas industry. Since my first day in the country I was convinced that I wanted to do my MBA at Ivey. I have had the chance to work in different sectors in the industry and I have always wanted to consolidate my skills and boost my career and as of today, I am surprised to see how much Ivey has added to my skillset compared to what I was expecting from an MBA.

When I did my school research in Canada, I immediately discovered Ivey, not only because it has consistently been ranked among the top business schools in the world, but also because it featured the case-based learning method — a hands-on, real-world approach to learning that keeps you engaged, allows you to understand the key factors that drive the managerial decision-making process, and challenges you to be creative and defend your ideas, just like the real world!

Ivey was a perfect fit for me. I have always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, and the school has provided me with a huge range of tools, pointers, and a strong network that will be vital for the success of my new ventures. In my opinion, the risk of starting a new venture is drastically higher without the skill set that the MBA program provides, and particularly, the fast-paced, real-world approach that carries the Ivey signature. The Ivey MBA transforms you, and you can feel the change as it happens.

But Ivey goes beyond academic transformation. As a person, you will feel those “Ivey moments” in which you know that something “clicked” inside you. In my own experience, I had some of those moments during my Communicating Effectively course. The way the professor shows you paradigm-changing lessons is stunning!

In the end, the bonds that you create during the Ivey MBA will last forever. I have met professionals from multiple countries and backgrounds, some of whom have become close friends and possibly future business partners. I consider this a very important Ivey feature. The way interactions are promoted allows you to build on those relationships, not only with your classmates but with the faculty, a team who is not only academically outstanding but also has integrity and strong values. Once you join the school, you become part of the Ivey family.

Education

  • Bachelor Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia