The key to creating a strong class for a programme is ensuring that they have the ability to complete the programme and to potentially be excellent leaders and managers. This ability doesn’t just relate to academic abilities including quantitative and reasoning skills, it also relates to how they work in groups and how they approach new challenges.
With this in mind, the Future MBA admissions process will include an ‘IKEA’ test. First as individuals and then in groups, students will be asked to put together a piece of IKEA furniture (without the aid of instructions). The goal is not how fast the task is completed or even whether they are able to complete it. The purpose is to observe how the students go about the task, how they work together, if they sit back and watch or get impatient. The test could use any activity that is new to the students, such as bringing the students surfing or teaching them a new dance.