以下、Economistサイトからの抜粋です。知識やスキルといったものは時間の経過と共に・・・とはよく言われますが、その経過する時間に合わせて醸成されるのがネットワークとして捉える方々も多いかもしれません。記事の最後には、Its fierce collegiate spirit is famous, perhaps fostered by its setting in the small, sleepy town of Hanover, New Hampshire, which means that students have little else to do but bond. とコメントが述べられております。上位10校中9校は郊外に位置しますが、そうした学校のロケーションも学生同士の繋がりを強化する要因になるかもしれません。その一方で、Team Spiritを重視するあの学校は？はたまた、こちらの学校は？といったように、上位にランクインされていない学校など、色々と考える余地は尽きませんね。
Every business school makes a fuss about how wonderful its alumni network is. But the reality isn’t always so rosy. Maintaining a close-knit community of graduates takes effort. It means keeping in contact with people as they pursue successful careers across the globe. It means running events and top-up classes for them for many years after they leave. And perhaps most importantly, it means convincing students while they are on campus that the institution is worth maintaining a passion for throughout their lives.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, American schools do this best. They, after all, have the biggest incentive, being the world leaders at tapping into their alumni networks to secure huge financial gifts. Such schools spend a lot of resources on maintaining relations with ex-students. And, as the best schools also tend to be old and big, this means keeping tabs on an awful lot of people. Harvard Business School, for example, has 44,500 registered MBA alumni.
But which school has the most useful alumni? Each year, The Economist asks students to rate their school’s network. The top ten from our 2014 survey are listed below. Nine of the ten are in the US. Highest rated of all is the Tuck school at Dartmouth. Its fierce collegiate spirit is famous, perhaps fostered by its setting in the small, sleepy town of Hanover, New Hampshire, which means that students have little else to do but bond.