With the decision now taken to increase undergraduate tuition fees, the implications for graduate management education will soon be apparent. Will postgraduate students be willing to pay the fees currently charged when also facing up to £25,000 of undergraduate debt? Will the increase of undergraduate fees impact the uptake of postgraduate qualifications? Will post graduate fees increase? Whatever the future holds, it is clear today that not only are graduate students willing to pay - they get personal returns – but the economy benefits from graduate management education as well.
The results of a recent global survey of graduate management alumni from the class of 2010 by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) clearly indicate that they place a high value on their education. By September 2010, 88 percent had a job and some three-quarters of those said they could not have obtained their job without their graduate business degree—the same proportion as the class of 2007 alumni, who entered the labour force in a booming economy.