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UMIO: expands perspectives of individuals and organisations

UMIO: that is the flag under which Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) will provide training and development trajectories for professionals from now on. The new brand name was announced on Thursday, October 12th during an event on the SBE campus. Previously, the division was called Postgraduate Development (PGD).

UMIO’s pay-off to the outside world? Expand your perspective – a promise with a wink to the way in which learning trajectories are designed: personal, small-scale, interdisciplinary, co-creative, and using the many connections and expertise of the parties involved.

UMIO’s MaastrichtMBA welcomes 2017 graduates!

September 29th meant a festive day at UMIO and another special moment for our thirteen MaastrichtMBA students receiving their official MBA degree on the campus of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. For more than two years, they managed to balance work and private life with an inspiring yet demanding learning trajectory. Graduation Day […]

The dos and don’ts of starting your own business

His information technology and software company Kabisa won the NRC Carrière Helden award 2016/2017, which is a Dutch award for being an outstanding employer by, for example, offering the best possible talent development and working conditions for employees.  While being your own boss and starting a company is one thing, hiring staff and being an employer is quite another story.

“You don’t need a plan but you do need a client!”

With a big smile, Harm de Laat glanced over the collective group of MBA students. Not too long ago, he actually was one of them, a MaastrichtMBA student participating in an educational week. In his introduction talk he mentioned MBA director Boris Blumberg approached him to host a presentation and share his experience, as a fresh graduate and seasoned entrepreneur. It is a perfect fit for this particular week, featuring Entrepreneurship and New Business Development.

No good theory without good practice

It’s a topic that kept everyone on their toes during the whole session. How creativity and entrepreneurship can be matched and proven fruitful, perhaps even in a conservative business environment. For Nadine Kiratli, this was her first introduction to a MaastrichtMBA student audience and non-purchasing professionals. After sharing her background and connection to Maastricht University, from a Business and Economics student to her PhD research and current tenure track as an Assistant Professor, the conversation and feedback within the group would become central as a lead over the course of the day.

Is creativity a new buzz-word?

Creativity in the workplace, in entrepreneurship, raises a lot of questions. Is creativity manageable and if so, how? Often people confuse creativity with innovation, so in order to make clear what the difference is, the group was asked to share their views on the concept of creativity. “A new way of doing business that adds value,” says one of the students. “Having an open mind to a solution of a problem, even if it is new to the company,” another student chips in. “It’s a thought process of developing new ideas.” “Creativity is recombining things that are considered not to be combined.” The answers were diverse and creative in their own right and all seemed to steer into the same direction: how to develop novel and meaningful business solutions? Nadine then posed a series of suppositions to which the group had to respond by individually choosing one out of two or three given options. After, they had to explain and validate their choice. An example: are people born creative (nature) or is it something that can be taught (nurture)?

Entrepreneurship is an attitude

The last Breakfast Booster before the summer break had to be something special. Prof. Dr. Paul Iske, one of our business school’s professors, would certainly live up to that promise in a very engaging way with lots of humour. He founded the Institute of Brilliant Failures to create more awareness for the complex relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship, and how failures can be beneficial to future success. This morning we learned that failure is not a bad thing. Quite the opposite even!

Prof. Dr. Paul Iske started with an anecdote about the pointer he needed for his presentation but had forgotten at home. He then downloaded a pointer app for his phone which turned out to work brilliantly. It was a crowded room at Buitenplaats Vaeshartelt, and a good lift off for a talk about the stigma of failure, and how to change one’s perception and attitude.

Eduniversal’s 2017 Best Masters & MBAs Rankings

On April 11th, Eduniversal published the 2017 issue of their Best Masters & MBAs Ranking, which again confirmed the MaastrichtMBA as one of the world’s best part-time executive MBA programmes and Maastricht University School of Business and Economics as one of the world’s top business schools. Ranked alongside the MBAs of renowned institutes, such as London Business School, INSEAD, Copenhagen Business School and University of Mannheim Business School, Maastricht University SBE gains continuous acknowledgement and appreciation from the global community of leading ranking bodies for its high-quality MBA provision.

Headquartered in Paris, Eduniversal is a global ranking and rating agency specialising in higher education. The company has established strong expertise in evaluating academic institutions and programmes in France since 1994, and internationally since 2007. Every year they issue the Best Business Schools Ranking (published in February, click here to see our accompanying press release) as well as the Best Masters and MBAs Ranking. These rankings are designed to provide information to prospective graduate students that will help them in their search for their future studies in the following geographical zones: Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia & Middle East, Far East Asia, Latin America, North America, Oceania, Western Europe.

Be the change you want to see

For anyone who is interested in our MaastrichtMBA programme, attending a class experience or talking to one of the students or alumni is the ideal introduction. And every once in a while, we interview members of our growing MBA community to share their stories. Even when you have reached the end of our programme, the network you have become part of will be yours for life! This time we asked Charbel Haddad to answer some of our questions. Please continue for a story about change and transformation.

Can you tell us something about yourself and why you decided to sign up for the MaastrichtMBA programme?

May I start by saying I am a better listener than I am a talker? But I will give it a try. My name is Charbel Haddad, I am 38 years old and married. I was born in Lebanon where I’ve lived most of my life. I studied telecom engineering and I am a working professional for fifteen years in a mostly technical context, with some pre-sales and project management. I moved around between various multinational companies like Siemens and Ericsson, and now I am working for a mobile operator in Luxembourg.