The University of Geneva offers a newly compressed block schedule for Executive MBA degree
Geneva, a cosmopolitan city and a premier site of global negotiations and critical economic policies, is the prime location to earn a master’s degree. The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is a highly regarded institution serving an international mix of students and teachers. This multinational group complements the rich diversity found in Geneva proper, where 174 different states are represented and 33 international organizations are based. Furthermore, of the 18 000 students enrolled at UNIGE, 40 percent are international; the teaching staff is comprised of 60 percent international professionals. It is a truly distinctive campus in an elite environment.
UNIGE offers two unique MBA options, an International Organizations MBA (IOMBA) and an Executive MBA (EMBA), both of which emphasize the university’s key principles and educational approaches: multidisciplinary, quality, international dimension, and partnerships. By focusing on these concerns, the curriculum keeps pace with ever-evolving market demands in a dynamic city that is at the intersection of business and international public affairs.
The first MBA at the University of Geneva was created in response to a growing local demand for an English language MBA programme in 1992. At the end of the 1990s, this programme evolved to reflect the changing market demands and the strategic advantage of its location. This led to the transformation of the programme into the International Organizations MBA (IOMBA).
The IOMBA is designed to attract world-class future managers of International Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations, and Transnational Corporations from around the world. To meet the needs of multidimensional candidates, the IOMBA programme offers part-time and full-time programmes that can be completed in one, two, or three years, leading to a Certificate (CAS), Diploma (DAS), or the MBA Degree.
The ideal IOMBA candidate is between 25 and 35 years of age and has at least five years work experience in either the private or public sector. To receive an IOMBA degree, the candidate must complete 90 ECTS credits, including 24 modules, a threemonth practicum, and an MBA Project. To receive a CAS or DAS, the candidate can work through four to 12 modules of their choice, in a block or individual format over the course of one or two years. As of September 2016, the EMBA (English version) will be offered in block schedule format in addition to the traditional bi-weekly structure. This new, compressed format allows students from across the globe more flexibility when completing courses with only three travel journeys per year to Geneva. Candidates will take a full day of courses for nine days each quarter and participate in virtual courses in the intervening months. It is an ideal format for the international student who is conscious of travel time, as well as the local Geneva student with a demanding fulltime workload.
UNIGE’s EMBA track is structured to ensure that participants gain leadership training through active participation and a corporate executive philosophy. It provides executives with a first-class general management education without interrupting their careers. The programme teaches participants to build foundational skills and confidence so that they can expand their capacity to lead and face cross-functional challenges. UNIGE EMBA carefully selects each participant through a rigorous four-step selection process to ensure a high quality peer-to-peer exchange.
The ideal EMBA candidate is between 35 and 45 years of age and has an average of 12 years of work experience. The candidate is an aspiring business leader seeking a career change or professional development opportunities. To receive an EMBA degree, each participant must complete 90 ECTS credits, including 24 modules and an MBA Project. As previously mentioned, candidates can choose between two formats: a traditional bi-weekly structure, wherein students meet on alternate weekends, and a block structure, wherein students meet in Geneva for six blocks of three modules and complete six independent virtual courses. Both formats can be completed in two or three years, and participants can interchange modules from the traditional and blocked formats.
UNIGE’s experienced faculty is keenly aware that today’s business leader must offer a nuanced and specialized approach to his or her chosen field. Therefore, after completing the first year of the MBA programme, and obtaining a ‘statement of completion’, students have two options for continued study: join the International Management programme (featuring a traditional MBA curriculum) and work toward the EMBA or IOMBA degree, or pursue six specializations offered in both English and French.
The Aviation Management programme enables tomorrow’s aviation leaders to better comprehend the challenges and growth opportunities in an industry that shows potential of significant volume growth. The Commodity Trading programme is enhanced by the Geneva area in that nearly 40 percent of all international commodity trading takes place in the city. Participants will have the opportunity to learn specialized and continual training in this valuable sector. The Strategic Marketing programme teaches participants the latest analytical tools and techniques to excel in key areas of marketing. In addition to these critical programmes, second-year candidates can also pursue the following specializations in English: Corporate Social Responsibility, International Management, International Organizations, and Modern Management for Non-Profit Organizations. The university offers a unique and advanced approach to the field of higher education. UNIGE offers reasonable class sizes and flexibility of courses, as one would expect from a university of this calibre, but they also lead in female participants (1:3 ratio), which sets them apart as an inclusive and modern institution. It is ranked among the top business schools in the world and features intellectual heritage and a cutting-edge research centre, as well as fully equipped library and sports facilities. UNIGE, the second largest university in Switzerland, is accredited by the Association of MBAs, lending it the credibility and reliability today’s candidate is searching for in a top university.
The UNIGE MBA programme is beneficial to students and businesses alike: both profit from the participant learning to reflect upon challenges and changes found in organizations and businesses. Candidates learn to sustain their drive and determination at their jobs throughout their MBA courses, and complete their studies with a renewed sense of purpose and a more marketable skill set.
Article by Kristina Held