Newsletter #6/2020


In times of change or crisis, the ability to adapt is a critical skill for leaders and those who aspire to lead. In this regard, we salute the exemplary resilience and creativity that our staff and students have displayed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their efforts, our live-streamed Graduation Ceremony reached more people than ever before, and our new cohort of Master in Management students successfully started their program at our campus in Maastricht in full respect of health safety measures.

Our swift and efficient switch to online education has enabled our executive programs and doctoral ceremonies to take place as scheduled, to the relief and satisfaction of our community of students. We have also been able to continue carrying out our research and capacity-building projects in a range of countries in Africa. We are proud to share some of the preliminary results with you in this newsletter. 

As the situation evolves, we are ready and equipped to adjust our education and research programs to deliver the best possible results. The application deadlines for our next Master in Management and MBA intakes are coming up soon and the deadlines for our executive courses are next! For those of you who wish to receive more information about our programs or get a taste of our education in practice, make sure to speak to our representatives at upcoming virtual education fairs or to register for our online Masterclass next week!

Meinhard Gans, CEO 

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MSM Graduation 2020: A new generation of leaders for a changing world

As with everything else this year, COVID-19 had an impact on MSM’s annual Graduation ceremony as many students, friends and family were unable to make the trip to Maastricht to celebrate together the achievements of the graduating classes of 2020. Yet, unexpectedly, the festive event turned out to be more participatory and global than ever.

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Mastering the challenge of managing development projects

From 21 – 25 September 2020, MSM delivered the executive Project Management program. This 5-day course is designed to further develop the skills, knowledge and essential techniques for successful, cost-effective management of both large- and small-scale projects. 

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Master in Management students start their one-year journey at MSM

On 5 October 2020, we were happy to welcome a new group of Master in Management students at the campus of Maastricht to dive into the world of business and management. With 14 nationalities represented in a group of 16 participants, the diversity in the classroom will surely contribute to the learning experience.

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Executive MBA in a time of COVID-19: Marketing in a Global Context and Supply Chain Management

The fourth module of the Executive MBA19 cohort included the Marketing and Supply Chain Management courses. Despite the switch from classroom teaching to online (Zoom) classes, we can look back on a truly insightful, eye-opening, challenging but foremost satisfactory module. Written by MSM Executive MBA student Rodney Rosalia, MSc, PhD.

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Factors Affecting Behavioural Intention to Adopt e-Health in Egypt - Online DBA defense

On 27 October 2020, Mr. Hani F.A. Mohamed Eltalabawy successfully defended his DBA thesis titled ‘Factors Affecting Behavioural Intention to Adopt e-Health in Egypt’. The DBA defense took place in an online session.

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Preliminary results of ICGLR-RTF reports: SGBV in times of Covid-19

The results from research in Angola, Kenya and Uganda show that the cases of SGBV and domestic violence increased at 42% since the beginning of lock down. Most of the cases of SGBV during Covid-19, were related to sexual exploitation and abuse of children, early and forced marriage, and adolescent pregnancies.

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Interactive training and online sessions in Kenyan capacity building project

The project “Strengthening skills and training capacity in horticulture in Kenya”, which started in 2019, has now entered the second year. As for all international projects COVID-19 has highly impacted the planned activities. In good communication and cooperation the project coordinators of Kenya and The Netherlands revised the workplan and have started with activities which could be done digitally.

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Year in review: Strengthening skills and training capacity in the horticulture sector in Tanzania

One year ago, the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) project “Strengthening skills and training capacity in the horticulture sector” officially started during a kick-off event in Dodoma, Tanzania. Shortly after the event, representatives of MSM and NACTE carried out an in-depth Labour market needs assessment. Since the kick-off event in Dodoma and the Labour market needs assessment, a number of activities have been taking place.

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Year in review: Reviving agricultural TVET in Ghana

One year ago, the project “Reviving Agricultural TVET in Ghana by Integrating Farm Institutes in the Wider Agricultural Education System” officially commenced. Since March 2020, the COVID-19 crisis has brought many challenges worldwide, also for continuation of activities in this particular project. Now that the project will soon enter its second year, it is time to look back and reflect on the activities carried out so far.

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Bright Future in Agriculture teacher internships are moving ahead

As part of the Bright Future in Agriculture (BFA) project in Ethiopia the teachers of partner TVET's within the project are being trained and take part in internship apprenticeships to get in-depth field knowledge from agricultural businesses.

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New and upcoming programs

Master in Management
January 2021 intake
Application deadline EU residents (private sponsorship): 7 December 2020
Start of program: 4 January 2021

Full-time MBA
January 2021 intake
Application deadline EU residents (private sponsorship): 7 December 2020
Start of program: 4 January 2021

Executive MBA 
January 2021 intake
Application deadline: 14 December 2020
Start of program: 9 January 2021

Executive Education – upcoming deadlines
The best of both worlds: creating sustainable business models (online): 20 November 2020
Project Design Tools (online): 30 November 2020
Corporate Social Responsibility (online): 30 November 2020
Project Monitoring Tools (online): 7 December 2020

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Upcoming events

Online Masterclass: Wage Negotiation

Date: 12 November 2020

Meet MSM at the EuroPosgrados Virtual fair 2020
Date: 14 November 2020

Meet MSM at the Study in Holland online fair in China, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam
Date: 18 November 2020

Meet MSM at the EHEVF India
Date: 25 November 2020

Meet MSM online at EHEF Indonesia
Date: 28 November 2020 

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MSM Videos

In this video you can look back at the MSM Experience of the Class of 2020.
The video includes heartwarming farewell messages of MSM Faculty and Staff members.

Click on the image to watch the video.

MSM Class of 2020

Click here for the MSM YouTube channel.

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