If one aspect was evident across my research to identify the most interesting programmes that universities in Switzerland offer in the area of continuing education, it was that the location affords potential students incredible opportunities to learn from the international organizations, global corporations, and academic experts that call Switzerland home. This unique, central European country attracts talent from around the world, so it is no surprise that Switzerland is host to so many dynamic programmes that go far beyond textbooks, classrooms, and Switzerland.
For example, students visit international companies in Russia, China, Japan, and the U.S. in the Executive MBA in Supply Chain Management programme at ETHZ Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich. Meanwhile, students in the EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne Executive MBA Programme spend 10 days in South Africa fostering small businesses and applying their newly-acquired skills. In the same university’s Global Supply Chain Management programme, students have the opportunity to closely collaborate with high-ranking professionals from major companies such as Nestlé, Philip Morris, and Procter & Gamble.
Executive training is also on offer at the School of Management Fribourg (HEG-Fr), where the program includes an Executive MBA-Integrated Management, taught in three languages and its international summer school in Leadership and Innovation, Financial Management and Discovering Entrepreneurship summer school and their Entrepreneurship and Innovation summer school.
New is not necessarily always better. Students at the Lausanne Hospitality Consulting’s Executive Education study groundbreaking courses on the hotel industry at the world’s first hospitality management school, founded in 1893.
Webster University’s Geneva campus and its MBA programme, with its strong international emphasis, are designed to prepare leaders who are required to evolve with ease in an international business environment.
There seems little doubt that International University in Geneva meets Dr. John Grier Hibben’s expectations of what Education truly stands for: the ability to face life’s challenges head on. IUG continuously strives to provide the best environment to help its graduates achieve a career in today’s ever-changing world.
At the University of Geneva, several programmes captivated me such as the school’s Centre for Continuing and Distance Education where students can choose how to pursue a degree while working a full-time job or even living outside of Europe. Likewise, in the school’s Executive MBA and International Organizations MBA programmes, students have the opportunity to chase high-level MBAs at a pace that best matches their lifestyle— and work with global organizations and renowned corporations while doing it. For example, students intern at the United Nations through the school’s recently launched Master of Advanced Studies Programme in European and International Governance. At the University of Geneva’s Master of Advanced Studies in Drug Discovery and Clinical Development and Diploma of Advanced Studies in Management of Clinical Trials, professionals enhance their knowledge in the field of drug discovery and development thanks to its proximity to Switzerland’s pharmaceutical industry. In the school’s Clinical Trials programme, students get an inside look at the biotechnology sector from experts in the bioethics and regulatory affairs fields.
As part of its Continuing Education programme, the University of Geneva also offers at its Law Faculty, the LL.M. Tax, primarily open to students who have already studied law, economics, or taxation and who wish to learn about the Swiss fiscal system and other systems internationally.
The most compelling reason I found in my research to apply for a place at any one of these programmes is that they provide a foot in the door at distinguished international institutions and global businesses that most professionals must work a lifetime to achieve.
Article by Paige Baschuk