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Come and join us at the QS World Grad School and QS World MBA Tours across the world

The world tours for MBA and Masters recruitment start on Saturday 1 September. You can meet us in places ranging from Mexico City in September, to Moscow in October to Ho Chi Minh City in November!

We would welcome the opportunity answer any questions you have about our courses, entry requirements and how to apply, as well as telling you more about the University and city life in Durham.

With us welcoming potential applicants from Columbia on 4 September and 8 September, you might like to read all about two alumnus from Bogota in ‘From Bogota, to Durham and Back Again: Transforming Careers and Lives’. See an excerpt below.

More information on the events and where to sign up can be found here.

From Bogota, to Durham and Back Again: Transforming Careers and Lives

Edgar Cortés and Manuel Preciado Hernández graduated from the School’s MSc Finance programme in 2016. After returning to Colombia, their finance careers have gone from strength to strength. Before applying to Durham, Edgar had studied Economics at Los Andes University and was also undertaking an MBA. He also had worked as a Financial Consultant and a Financial Analyst. Manuel had completed his undergraduate degrees in Finance and in Economics at the Universidad Del Rosario. As well as an internship as a Research Assistant, he was a Corporate Credit Risk Analyst.

To further their careers they chose to study their Masters in the UK and Durham University Business School due to its academic reputation and location. Although Manuel received a number of offers from universities across the UK, he decided to study MSc Finance at Durham. Manuel said: “The School and programme reputation was important to me, and Durham’s finance and investment route offered me all I needed to further my career. The programme provided me with the opportunity to tailor my academic experience as I could choose among a variety of elective modules, including Market Microstructure or Behavioural Finance and Economics, to name but a few, which are current topics within the financial industry. ”Durham University Business School offered a safe, historic and peaceful city. Manuel said: “University facilities were all within a walkable distance which is fantastic, especially when you come from a big, busy and chaotic city like Bogota.

Edgar said: “I would also like to say I just followed my heart, something I cannot really explain told me that was the spot in this huge world I had to choose and give my all to. I was looking forward to living overseas in a country with a completely different culture and language. With the openness and welcoming attitude of the British people that live, work and study in Durham, I am telling you, I would choose Durham over and over again for the complete package."

Both agree that studying at Durham University Business School was the best year of their lives.

Continue reading about Edgar and Manuel’s experiences here.