Think of a global city and Geneva probably comes top of the list so it is no surprise that Webster University chose to establish its first European campus here. Founded in 1915 in the American Midwest with just five students and accredited since 1925 by the prestigious Higher Learning Commission, as is the University of Chicago, Webster now has over 17,000 students studying at a family of 70 campuses in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Their worldwide network offers students unique opportunities to study at another campus or in another country as the programmes and credit system are the same at all Webster locations.
Webster’s Geneva campus embodies the university’s mission of international and intercultural exchange, nowhere more so than in the MBA programme. The strong international emphasis essential for developing leaders in a global marketplace is particularly appreciated by professionals already working in Geneva’s cosmopolitan financial and business environment. The standard MBA programme includes the key disciplines of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations, and strategic management. There is also the option to specialise in Human Resources Management, International Relations, or Management and Leadership, with other options available at other locations in the Webster network. The MBA is credit-based, allowing for flexible study patterns to fit in with professional and personal obligations, and the teaching is mostly in the evenings. Webster’s global network also enables participants to continue their studies at one of their other campuses if work commitments necessitate a move to another country. In Geneva, the MBA can also be completed in an accelerated programme with a structured schedule over one year.
The small classes of 15 to 20 students promote the exchange of ideas that characterise postgraduate courses for professionals, where faculty and students share and learn from each other. The courses are designed to combine theory with practice and draw on and develop participants’ experience through projects and simulations that build teamwork and communication skills. This experiential approach fosters relationships that can lead not only to lifelong friendships but also to business networks and career opportunities with an international dimension. Webster University Geneva’s student body is drawn from over 90 countries and the faculty from 29 nations, a mix that provides direct experience of intercultural communication in and out of class at this American campus in an international city.
For more information visit: http://www.webster.ch/academics/graduate/mba
Article by Rosemary Wilson