To deal with global crises effectively, the world needs agile managers that dedicate their skills towards driving effective solutions forward.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks Report 2020, the world is in urgent need of creative problem-solvers to deal with and overcome several global challenges.
“The world cannot wait for the fog of geopolitical and geo-economic uncertainty to lift. Opting to ride out the current period in the hope that the global system will ‘snap back’ runs the risk of missing crucial windows to address pressing challenges,” says the report’s authors.
Global challenges mentioned in the report include climate threats and accelerated biodiversity loss, global health systems facing new pressures and the consequences of digital fragmentation.
Moulding students to take on these challenges confidently is the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology (JWCBT) at Sacred Heart University Luxembourg (SHUL) with its future-facing, AACSB-accredited MBA education.
Capturing today’s complex business landscape
Connected to Sacred Heart University in the US state of Connecticut, JWCBT offers a unique blend of expertise from professors in Luxembourg, the US and other countries around the world.
They may come from different places but they share one common goal: Inspiring students to become socially responsible managers capable of responding to global challenges with confidence.
For Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Artistic Director & General Manager, Tom Leick-Burns, the training he received via the Welch MBA programme gave him a lot of confidence to take up challenges that he faced in the workplace.
“In terms of the value of the programme, what I learned and the experience of it, SHU Luxembourg has exceeded my expectations,” he says.
Students at the JWCBT acquire a global vision and the capacity to deal with disruptions at the micro and the macro level.
In addition to these integral learning areas, Welch MBA students also learn how to hedge risk, as explained in the programme’s Advanced Risk Management course.
They will learn how to analyse geopolitical challenges through the course “Introduction to Economics,” and how to deal with social and environmental disruption through the course “Social & Legal Responsibilities in Business”.
The Welch MBA programme also includes courses such as “Social Entrepreneurship,” “Digital Transformation,” “Blockchain & Big Data/Crypto Currencies,” “Digital Marketing, Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age,” and “Innovation Management”.
For Luxaviation Helicopters Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Pederson, such courses at SHU Luxembourg are what pushed her management skills to the next level.
“I took the MBA, and with that knowledge I was able to switch to another business area and push my skills to another level. I was in the expert level before and now I am in general management,” says the alumna.
Real-world learning for impactful careers
The Jack Welch College of Business and Technology also provides another MBA programme that enhances students’ decision-making skills and leadership abilities.
This programme takes a practical approach to solving real-world business and organisational challenges.
The Welch MBA programme with an internship gives learners the advantage of studying with top professionals in their field in real-life work environments in Europe.
During this programme, students are required to complete an internship lasting six to nine months, which usually starts in November and ends in July of the following year.
One student who greatly benefited from this programme is the CEO of Latin America for Etix Everywhere, Gonzalo de la Cuadra.
Cuadra carried out his internship in ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in the world.
Though overwhelmed by the company’s size, he sought opportunity in exploring and understanding the substantial challenges he faced.
“The right word to sum up my MBA experience was ‘guidance’. I found it in the internship and in the company itself. I felt free to ask any questions and made the most of working together with a large company with large challenges, and with the university.”
“… thanks to this MBA, I have a network across the world,” Cuadra adds.
Through MBA programmes as such, students can connect to impactful industry opportunities that provides them lifelong management and leadership guidance.
Students can also earn a monthly income of between €1,000 and €2,000 so that they can support their studies or other commitments.
Another option at SHU Luxembourg is its part-time MBA programme which is ideal for professionals currently working in and around Luxembourg.
This programme provides evening classes only and takes 18 months, scheduled according to a student’s pace.
As these programmes demonstrate, SHU Luxembourg is a business school with options for aspiring business leaders to make a difference.
As SHU Luxembourg Academic Director Dr Alfred Steinherr says, “Our students don’t want to become more knowledgeable, they want to become more comfortable with managing an increasingly complex and uncertain world, facing social, geopolitical and environmental challenges.”
So if you’re ready to be one of these challenge-ready business leaders, click here to discover more about the College’s study options.
New challenges await at SHU Luxembourg.