“Leadership is hard. Look around the room. You’ve now got all of these people in your corner, to help you go back out for more rounds to fight the good fight as student leaders.” -John Buck, associate dean of students, addressing student leaders at the Global Student Leadership Summit

On June 10, the 25 student leaders attending the Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) in Vienna concluded their final formal day of the Summit by participating in final preparations on their action plans and case study, poster and case study presentations, and a graduation ceremony with remarks by President Beth Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster.

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 Webster Athens, provide a similar education at a small fraction of the cost.

Webster University’s master of business administration program is designed for people on a fast track to success. It’s the perfect answer for professionals who want to shape their own destiny, upgrade their credentials, and be strategic players in the world of business. 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.

The student leaders from each campus created action plans designed to increase student involvement and to strengthen connections between student leaders at all of the campuses represented at the Summit. They will be expected to meet with the student life staff at their home campuses on an ongoing basis to work on mplementation of these action plans over the course of the 2017-18 academic year.


GSLS Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna Student leaders with their mentors at the GSLS graduation ceremony.

In small groups, the student leaders grappled with a complex case involving a controversial art and photo exhibit focused on the refugee crisis at a fictional university in Iceland. The case was revealed in multiple parts over the four days of the Summit. In the last stage, each group learned of a unique complicating factor that caused them to rethink some of their previous assumptions. On Saturday, the groups presented their findings and recommendations.

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.


GSLSPresident Stroble and Provost Schuster engaged the students with questions and feedback during the poster presentations for their action plans to be implemented at their home campuses.

At the graduation ceremony, Katie Knetzer recognized each of the mentors, who then presented graduation certificates to each of the students from their small groups. Each student received a GSLS commemorative coin from Vienna directir Johannes Pollak and then posed for an official photo with President Stroble.

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.

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.

After a final reflection session, the students, mentors and facilitators had a closing dinner at a local Vienna restaurant. Many students commented that the Summit was a life changing experience. Following the Summit, many of the students spent Sunday together visiting sites around Vienna and forming even closer bonds, prior to traveling back to their respective campuses. Special thanks to Jesse Alexander and other members of the Vienna campus team for being wonderful hosts for the 2017 Summit. The next Summit will be held in 2019 at one of the Webster international campuses.

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


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