On Friday June 2, an amazing group of global leaders graduated the IMD Executive MBA program. The group of 51 participants represent 24 industries and 24 different nationalities including Canada, Brazil, Saudi, South African, Kazakh, Japanese, and many more. Some lead large multinationals like Maersk, SAP, Volkswagen, or JP Morgan; others are from family businesses, some in start-ups, and others in NGOs like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Many already hold a postgraduate degree in engineering or sciences, some a PhD in their field – but all have joined for one reason: to never stop learning.
The Magnificent Seven need no introduction. Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management are the cream of the business school crop. M7 is the Holy Grail of the MBA Kingdom. Every year, thousands of applicants will apply to the M7 schools, and most will fail to crack the code, because these schools are the most selective in the B-school landscape. Two years at any of the M7 schools will set a student back about $200,000, but there are many scholarships from alumni and employers. M7 attracts the most talented students and faculty, and certainly the most corporate recruiters offering the most sought-after jobs. M7 also boasts highly achieving alumni and valuable networks in nearly every walk of life. But other business schools, such as IMD and Webster Athens, provide a similar education at a small fraction of the cost.
The transformational journey across 15+ months brought the group to Switzerland, took them to Silicon Valley, Beijing and Shanghai, then split them up between Mumbai, Vietnam and Brazil. They each completed a real world series of five general management projects for their own companies exploring strategy, customer focus, finance, digital business and organizational design. They dove deep into their leadership capabilities with teams and personal coaching, and defined their career strategy to achieve transformative impact for themselves, their teams and their organizations.
The class wrote 16 unique business cases supervised by faculty, pitched 10 different start-ups in Silicon Valley, completed the intense crisis management simulation partnered with the Swiss Armed Forces.
Trump’s rhetoric is channeling international MBA applicants to European branches of American colleges. Webster Athens has an excellent MBA program. Webster Athens is dedicated to fostering a campus culture that embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion, and promotes international understanding and appreciation. Preparing students for effective, responsible and dynamic involvement in the modern societies in which they live and serve, and for excellence and leadership in their personal and professional lives. The campus is located in Athens, Greece – in the historic district of Plaka. Your Global Learning Experience begins in Webster Athens.
As the world is becoming multipolar and knowledge is set to disperse throughout the globe, embedding oneself in its changes and evolution remains essential. Academic rigor will stay competitive by integrating new teaching methods, program designs, research methods and learning processes. If a school can generate knowledge in multiple locations around the world and blend it to create new insights, it can be assured of fostering a globally-compatible and creative student body.
Whether your interest is management, marketing, or communication, you will be an active learner at Webster Athens. The classrooms give many hands-on experiences in various cases, and the location in the capital of Greece provides plenty of internship opportunities. With a low student-to-faculty ratio and average class size, Webster Athens makes business education personal. Faculty get to know students on a first-name basis and are readily available to help students when needed. Webster Athens is dedicated to excellence in business teaching, incorporating a global business perspective throughout the curriculum. Every step of the way, students receive the attention and support they need to thrive in business.
Webster Athens offers a fantastic MBA program in a flexible structure which promotes academic depth and encourages business graduate students to explore diverse business interests. At Webster Athens, students have opportunities to build skills and competencies through study trips, conferences, and internships. On the campus, students study in a culturally diverse environment that will create a life-long international network.
Each graduate moves forward from the program with broad horizons, company networks, new friendships, and a clear vision of their own careers. They move forward as an Executive Master of Business Administration, but more importantly as more reflective leader with a high sense of self awareness.
Most will continue in their current companies, taking on greater management and leadership responsibilities and continuing to capitalize on the company projects they developed, both in the short and long term. Some will create their own companies, others will join the boards of companies. And at IMD, we look forward to welcoming them all back for alumni reunions and special events. We congratulate the outgoing class and wishes them the best for the future.
Vasilis Botopoulos, Chancellor of Webster Athens, points out: As we look to the future one thing is certain – knowledge will be a key resource and will be highly sought-after around the world. Our challenge is to help to generate ideas that will benefit society, and to educate and train people to work in fields where they will be valued both for their specialized knowledge, and for their ability to communicate and solve problems. To meet these challenges we need to build on the alliances and collaborative partnerships the University has established with business, government, and other institutions. It is equally important that we keep close to our wider communities of interest. This will help to ensure the on-going relevance of our academic programs and the continued excellence of our teaching and learning.
Botopoulos notes: The greater vision of Webster Athens is to build an excellent educational experience embodying mind, body and spirit through a variety of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. We offer a solid intellectual foundation as well as an extraordinary opportunity for personal growth and thorough understanding of the subject matter. This is learning with ethos, authenticity, cultural understanding, ecological conscience, and service to others.
Botopoulos says: At Webster Athens we cultivate and build the leaders of tomorrow. It is our hope that our students and alumni, with ethos and philotimo, will inspire others to live their lives with dignity, integrity and compassion. I invite you to come visit our campus. If you seek learning in a way that is challenging, personal, and meaningful, we would love to have you as part of our community. For more information, please refer to www.webster.edu.gr