SBE moves up the MBA ranks at CEO Magazine

We are proud to announce that SBE further improved its ranking in the recently published 2023 CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings. With a 4th place in the Global Executive MBA ranking and a 5th place in the Global online MBA ranking, our business school reconfirms the high-quality level of education and its prominent international status.

Showcase for top business schools

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012, the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programmes. This year, CEO Magazine reached out to business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, and ranked data from 121 schools, offering 239 different programmes in 24 countries. The top rankings in CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings provide our potential students with a good benchmark of high performance for those schools under review.

Global footprint

The climb in global MBA rankings does not come as a surprise. The MaastrichtMBA programme has been working on its student diversity for many years now, and the current learning journey is a truly multinational and multicultural learning experience. The student body represents 53 different nationalities. This diversity and the way it enriches classroom dynamics give us a good shot at the top seats in the global MBA rankings landscape.

This article presents a publication of the recently launched CEO Magazine 2023 Global MBA Rankings. MaastrichtMBA is a part-time executive MBA programme, designed for working professionals. The programme is Triple Crown accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. Read more about our accreditations & rankings via this link.

Ron Jacobs appointed as new MBA Director

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Ron Jacobs has officially been appointed as MBA Director of UMIO | Maastricht University. In this capacity, Ron will serve as the new Captain overseeing the MaastrichtMBA programme.

Creating meaninful impact

Over the last 5 years, Ron has served as Head of Marketing and Communications at UMIO. Since June 2022, he was also Acting MBA Director following Boris Blumberg’s appointment as UMIO’s Executive Director. Ron has a background in Organisational Learning & Development and brings 15 years of experience in management education.

“I’ve witnessed the steep growth of the MaastrichtMBA programme over time and I’m extremely happy to see how it has evolved into its current successful shape; so naturally I feel privileged and excited to take on this role and keep enhancing the programme’s ability to create meaningful impact with everyone involved.” – Ron Jacobs

Ron Jacobs MBA Director

Contribution to a sustainable future

We are confident that Ron will be able to use his knowledge about and passion for professional development to continue building on MaastrichtMBA’s success path and help UMIO further advance its mission to develop talent of individuals for organisations and society at large, empowering them to contribute to a sustainable future.

“Being the Captain of the MaastrichtMBA has been a very full-filling and inspiring task, actually one of the most wonderful jobs at a university. And I am thankful to the MBA students and team for our unforgettable time together. For Maastricht University, UMIO, the programme and myself it is a good point in time to have a change in the programme leadership. I am very confident that Ron with his long experience in higher education management will bring new impulses and ideas to the programme ensuring that it will continue to flourish today and tomorrow.” – Boris Blumberg

Want to know more about Ron? We invite you to read our recent Q&A with him. We wish Ron lots of success in his new capacity!

New Brightlands AI Academy participants welcomed by Alderman Erwin Boom

Last month, a new round of participants started the Brightlands AI Academy programme to get upskilled on artificial intelligence. The ambition is to improve the ability of these working professionals to identify opportunities for AI applications within their own organisations, validate them for value and then adequately act as clients to AI specialists to realise the desired AI application.

Erwin Boom, alderman for economic affairs at the Municipality of Venlo, held the official opening of the programme. Boom emphasised that AI can add value almost everywhere, even this morning on the way to the programme: “With the deployment of AI, the lift to the 16th floor of Innovatoren could automatically come back to the ground floor, without you having to press the button.” Alderman Boom sees many meaningful opportunities and concluded by wishing the participants good luck.

After the alderman kicked off, a brief introduction by the teachers followed. The students then started the content of the first module. This module involves gaining more insight into the potential and added value of artificial intelligence and will take the first three weeks. This will be followed by three more modules: developing an AI-driven innovation, validating technical feasibility and building sustainable business success.

Certified AI business professionals

To complete the programme, participants pitch their business case to their employer or sponsor and receive a certificate of participation from UMIO | Maastricht University and Fontys. They can also take online exams to be able to call themselves a certified AI for Business professional.

Graduation EMCL Cohort 2018-2019

On September 16th, the 2018-2019 cohort of the EMCL had their graduation ceremony, in the city of Maastricht. The programme directors from both Royal Academy and Maastricht University conferred the MA degrees to the successful students, alongside the recognition of the Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude graduates. Present were distinguished professors from Maastricht University and international cultural leaders.

The ceremony was concluded with a celebratory dinner at the Grand Cafe in Vrijthof. 

Congratulations to all the graduates! 

EMCL Graduation

First Lifelong Development Day was a great success

The first Lifelong Development Day, held on 9 September 2022, was considered a great success by both organisers and visitors. Through a panel discussion, info market, and 10 different break-out sessions, provided by various departments of the Maastricht University, over 120 attendees were introduced to everything the university has to offer for professionals.

Initiated by UMIO, Lifelong Development Day was the first time various executive education branches of Maastricht University got together to showcase their combines portfolios. Together with the (Faculty of Law), Language Centre, DEXLab, the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market, EDLAB, Facility Services, UNU-MERIT, SHE Collaborates, and the Maastricht School of Management, we put together a diverse programme that was very well received by the attendees.

After the event, we asked the attendees what they thought of the event. Respondents gave us an average of 4.4 out of 5, praising the “variety of subjects” during the break-out sessions, as well as the opening panel that “gave people something to think about”.  

With the presence of President Rianne Letschert during the opening panel, the Maastricht University underlined its ongoing commitment to lifelong development, further paving the way to make Lifelong Development Day a recurring event.

UMIO versterkt samenwerking met De Zorggroep

UMIO heeft onlangs de samenwerking met De Zorggroep – de grootste zorgaanbieder in Noord- en Midden-Limburg – verder versterkt. Om de ambities van De Zorggroep te realiseren en het leren-leren binnen De Zorggroep verder vorm te geven is er een ontwikkeltraject gestart voor alle teammanagers onder begeleiding van UMIO | Maastricht University. Het ontwikkeltraject is opgezet vanuit de strategie van De Zorggroep en de wens om beter te navigeren tussen begrenzing/sturen en professionele autonomie.

Het traject bestaat uit verschillende fasen. Op dit moment bevinden we ons in fase 1. Samen met een kernteam wordt onder andere gewerkt aan een verdiepingssessie waarin doelstellingen voor het traject, (persoonlijke) leerwensen en behoeften zullen worden opgehaald. Op basis hiervan wordt samen met experts van Maastricht University in kaart gebracht welke stappen er de komende tijd gezet gaan worden.

Het kernteam, dat bestaat uit een afvaardiging van beide organisaties, is de motor van het beoogde ontwikkeltraject. “De gedrevenheid van de Raad van Bestuur van De Zorggroep om een nóg grotere bijdrage te leveren aan de vitale gemeenschappen in de regio is bijzonder inspirerend geweest tijdens de eerste gesprekken met UMIO. Dit sluit perfect aan bij onze missie om gezamenlijk een betekenisvolle impact te realiseren voor individuen, organisaties en de maatschappij. Diezelfde gedrevenheid zie je ook terug in het volledige kernteam van beide organisaties en is daarmee een fantastische basis van waaruit we verder samen gaan optrekken”, deelt Ingrid Voncken, Director Executive Education bij UMIO.

Heijltjes and Rutten appointed “informateurs” in Maastricht coalition talks

Mariëlle Heijltjes – Professor of Managerial Behaviour at Maastricht University and Executive Director of UMIO – was appointed “informateur” to explore possible coalition permutations with the main parties from Maastricht’s municipal elections earlier this month. The request came from the “Senioren Partij”; the party that came out on top after the recent elections.

Mariëlle will take on this task together with Wil Rutten, an experienced executive advisor who acted as ad interim city secretary in Maastricht most recently and who has led earlier coalition talks in 2014 and 2018.

During a kick-off session on 24 March, both “informateurs” will introduce themselves and explain to the sixteen party leaders how they intend to go about their exploration. Frans Bastiaens, leader of the “Senioren Partij”, has already indicated that he wants a new municipal executive with broad support within the council and the city.

Public Health and Care Research Leadership Programme to offer second edition

Being a leader in the field of public health and care research requires more than being a good leader, and it requires more than being a good scientist. It requires a combination where you have competences concerning content, but also knowledge, skills and tools to understand and manage the context. The Public Health and Care Research Leadership Programme was designed to support future leaders in the field of public health and care research to become excellent leaders with a mission.

During a two-year learning journey, participants will engage in educational modules, individual coaching sessions, mutual learning groups, and build their own Leadership Development Portfolio.

International alliance

UMIO proudly partners with The Netherlands School of Public Health and Care Research (CaRe), Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) at Erasmus MC, and Cambridge Institute of Public Health (CIPH) at the University of Cambridge to offer a second edition of the Public Health and Care Research Leadership Programme, with the next cohort starting in July 2022.

Those interested in becoming a leading researcher in the public health and care research domain can send in their application.

UMIO and EHA start training programme for future leaders in cardiovascular medicine

UMIO and the European Heart Academy (EHA) have joined forces in developing a training programme for future leaders in cardiovascular medicine. The programme will start in April 2022.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Cardiovascular Management and Leadership

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Cardiovascular Management and Leadership (CAS-Leadership) will provide healthcare practitioners with the skills required to lead and manage the healthcare systems of the future. In contrast to the many generic leadership courses on offer across Europe, CAS-Leadership combines the core principles of effective leadership with instruction in essential modern skills such as hospital management, digital transformation, and dealing with complex systems. This leadership course is a transversal programme tailor-made for mid-career healthcare professionals with an interest in cardiology who want to become managers and leaders with broad societal and economic perspectives.

This programme is organised in partnership with the European Heart Academy; an organisation that trains the future leaders in cardiovascular medicine. In collaboration with selected excellent universities, the academy provides the ultimate cardiovascular degrees.

Complexity in healthcare

The healthcare sector is complex in the sense that many different stakeholders interact in a rapidly changing context. For example, patients are more and more empowered through easier access to information on health, doctors and nurses need responses to advances in new technologies that might fundamentally change how they prevent, diagnose and cure diseases, insurance companies influence procedures through how they finance and regulatory bodies shape what is possible and what is not. To be a leader in this context requires the ability to recognise diverse stakeholders, spot emerging new realities and navigate the often paradoxical impact these developments have on the organisation. This programme equips participants with exactly that.

It is unique because it not only provides participants with different evidence-based perspectives on management and leadership in this context but also helps participants translate these to their own personal leader role. In that way, the knowledge and experience gained becomes immediately actionable in their own work context.”

Prof. dr. Mariëlle Heijltjes – Executive Director UMIO & Professor of Managerial Behaviour

Second place for MaastrichtMBA in Corporate Knights’ 2021 Better World MBA ranking

We are proud to announce that MaastrichtMBA – the executive MBA programme of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) – ranks an impressive second in a global list of MBA programmes that embrace sustainable development. The runner-up position in Corporate Knights’ newly published 2021 Better World MBA ranking was granted to MaastrichtMBA and SBE due to their conscious alignment of course line-up and faculty research along the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability showcase for top business schools

Corporate Knights is a leading sustainable business publication platform with a focus on how organisations, markets and governments are advancing social and environmental sustainability worldwide. Their 2021 Better World MBA compared 147 globally renowned business schools and MBA programmes across key performance indicators related to sustainable development. “Every MBA programme in the world should be instilling holistic purpose in leaders, ensuring they have the skills, tools and values to build a more inclusive, healthier economy that’s beneficial to society and in harmony with the natural world, and the Better World business schools are leading the way,” said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights.

Significant sign of quality

For the MaastrichtMBA programme, this high ranking by Corporate Knights provides a valuable benchmark towards prospective participants regarding the quality of education and reflects an ongoing demand from talented professionals and their organisations to create meaningful impact in the workplace and beyond. As part of SBE, MaastrichtMBA is also accredited by the leading international quality assurance bodies (AACSB | EQUIS | AMBA), which is another quality seal that confirms the highest level of research and education.