My choice

Back in 2012 a good friend from IMIM 8th edition introduced me to the programme. Her experience had been a blast and I was instantly appealed by the programme. I reviewed IMIM structure and content, read the reviews of previous students, contacted the coordinator and so on. Needless to say that the universities were, in themselves, enough reason to join such a programme, given the recognition they have. In this regard, MIP stood (and stands) out as a very well-known and ranked business school in Europe and worldwide.

It would provide me a good platform from which I could continue my professional development and build a “globalized” network. Besides all this, I was particularly interested in the “internationability” the programme has. The possibility of knowing cultures from all over the world; and not only that, but of comparing my own capabilities with those of people from different backgrounds. I found it unique and enriching.

In my case, the decision heavily depended on the financial part. But IMIM provides financial aid. I applied and was granted the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

I was lucky enough to have relatives in each of the cities in which the IMIM was held so even from that point of view IMIM seemed just the perfect choice for me.

And this choice was certainly taken.


Main takeaways from the Master

  • Continuous mobility: having the possibility to live in 3+ cities / countries. It becomes impossible to get bored. This also allows to plan trips to interesting places without having to wait for long holidays. It fosters flexibility and adaptability to new environments.
  • “Internationability”: working, living, knowing people from literally all over the world. It changes you in a dramatic way. You learn to be respectful with different cultures. It opens your mind to new, but nevertheless, equally valid, ways of seeing life. You become a citizen of the world.
  • Networking: since you spend almost 2 years with the same international group of people, you develop two kind of networks (sometimes, these 2 types are overlapped): Firstly, a personal network. As your classmates become your step family, strong binds are created and beautiful friendships emerge. Secondly, a professional network. Knowing people from countries all over the world opens up a valuable access to potential markets, insights, benchmark, best practices, etc. It also includes professors and university resources: services of 3+ universities, career fairs in 3+ cities, job opportunities in 3+ countries.

Who I am

Although I was born in Barcelona, Spain, I’m from Quito, Ecuador. I studied Industrial and Systems Engineering in Tec de Monterrey, in Mexico. My academic and professional life have taken me to USA, Chile, Spain, Scotland and Italy. I’ve spent almost half of my life living away from the place I call home. And this way of life has become an addiction.

Besides this passion for travelling, I love climbing and mountaineering. I have climbed mountains in Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Scotland, Spain and Italy (Hadn’t I studied Engineering, I would have become a mountain guide). I’m always eager to meet new people and advise those that, like me a couple of years ago, are facing the decision of leaving home and widening the horizon.

Contact me: ambassador.marcos@mip.polimi.it