Duke MMS Student Blog
Diversity in MMS & Why It Matters
Every educational institution talks about how diverse they are, and Fuqua is no different. The MMS website says:
- 30% of the student body has international citizenship, representing over 20 countries.
- Students come from 77 different undergraduate institutions, with 42 different majors.
So why does this matter, and how will this help you?
I honestly never thought about the program’s diversity until our strategy class this past term. During every class, we have case assignments that we read and discuss. All the cases are about companies and their strategies and operations outside of the US.
About halfway through the term, I noticed that no matter what product or service we studied, there was always someone who had used or experienced that product or service, or someone from the country of operation. And I’m not talking about giant multinationals that everyone knows about. I’m talking about an eco-friendly hotel in Indonesia, a car manufacturing company in the Czech Republic, an Indian consulting company, and so forth. I am amazed at how someone in our class can always provide an insider’s view on what we are learning!
Another great benefit of the program’s diversity is that there is always someone who can teach you about something that you’re struggling with. I won’t elaborate on this because I already talked about Team Fuqua and how we all help each other through peer tutoring, but having friends from different majors is definitely a great asset.
Overall, the diversity within the MMS program really opens your eyes and gives you perspectives that you haven’t had before. It connects you with people from all over the US, and better yet, all over the world. Not only does this diversity enhance your awareness personally, but also as a businessperson. And I love how we are all different!