Newsletter #7/2020


As 2020 comes to a close, we can reflect on what has been a most unusual year for all of us. At Maastricht School of Management, the safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic posed unprecedented challenges for our students, faculty and staff, but we are now feeling stronger about our capacity for resilience, endurance and innovation. 

We successfully managed the transition to online education and capacity-building training activities and were recognized again as Top Business School in the 2020 Eduniversal Best Business School ranking. Despite the delays caused by the pandemic, we were able to carry on our development work abroad and to achieve significant milestones in our long-term projects in Uganda, Indonesia and Jordan. November saw the first edition of a new initiative, High Level Talks, that brought together leaders of the public sector and higher education to discuss the future of education in a world marked by rapid and acute change. The event took place online, just as our executive programs. 

The New Year is bringing us the hope to overcome the COVID-19 virus, and we look forward to welcoming our new students in the January intakes of the Master in Management, full-time MBA and Executive MBA programs.  

The Maastricht School of Management team wishes you a restful holiday and a happy, healthy and safe 2021! 

Meinhard Gans
Chief Executive Officer

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MSM recognized again as Top Business School in Eduniversal Business School ranking 2020

MSM is proud to announce that it retained the first position in the 2020 Eduniversal 4 Palmes of Excellence Ranking. This ranking recognizes MSM as the Top Business School with significant international influence.

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High Level Talks - “Every decision is a step in the dark”

On 3 December 2020, MSM organized its first ever High Level Talk. This exclusive leadership event titled ‘Steering on the longer-term mission in times of restrictions’ was attended by eight high level leaders from seven different countries. With the High Level Talks MSM brings together leaders within the MSM global network to share insights and discuss challenges about leadership. This platform provides an opportunity to meet other leaders and to learn from each other.

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Year in review on strengthening skills and training capacity in the horticulture sector in Uganda

In June 2019 the Ugandan project “strengthening skills and training capacity in the horticulture sector started. Now that the project is on its way for 1.5 years and continued through Covid-19 times, it’s time to look back at what has been done and achieved so far.

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Gender study conducted in Indonesian poultry and dairy sector by SAS21 project

A gender analysis was conducted for the poultry and dairy sector in Indonesia. It was concluded that both sectors have the potential to play a role in reducing gender-based inequality. Currently, women are involved in almost all productive stages, however, their level of access and control over resources and benefits are different. This underlines that women’s contributions in the poultry and dairy sector are not yet formally acknowledged or rewarded.

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Two years underway: End Impunity of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Uganda

In April 2019, the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) project 'End Impunity of SGBV' had its kick-off in Kampala, Uganda, officially launching Project EIS. In the past two years the EIS team has worked tirelessly to - despite COVID-19 challenges - implement all planned project activities.

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Strengthening capacity of TVET teaching & management staff in Jordan

One year ago, Nuffic awarded Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and the University of Jordan the project entitled “Strengthening capacity of TVET teaching & management staff to enhance development & provision of curricula and programs by HEs and TVETs in the Jordanian horticulture sector“.

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Meet your MBA lecturers: Jordi del Bas

Wondering who your MBA lecturers are going to be? What their teaching style is? How you can apply what you learned in your job? This and much more will be addressed in an upcoming series of blogs in which your MBA lecturers will introduce themselves and their classes. This time we introduce you to Jordi del Bas.

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Extracting value from Big Data to gain a competitive edge

"This program is great and very hands on which is the preferred approach for transferring knowledge and skills” according to Nsikan Umoren from Nigeria who joined the 5-day executive Turn Big Data into Competitive Advantage program. Due to the current circumstances, the program was taught online.

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Preparing managers of today for leading organizational changes tomorrow

“I decided to join this course, because I have many challenges in my business environment and I was in need to prepare for these challenges with good strategic planning. This program put all the knowledge that I need in one place.” - according Salih Mahmod (Iraq) who joined the 5-day executive Change Management program last week. 

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Measuring excellent performance in Zambian public organisations – Online DBA defense

“Though challenging, the DBA program with MSM has changed my life forever. I would recommend it to all those looking for a professional qualification that changes your life for the better.” Dr. Tobias Mulimbika stated after successfully defending his DBA thesis 'Measuring excellent performance in Zambian public organisations'.

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Celebrating the MBA milestone at the online Graduation Ceremony of CENTRUM Catolica

On 10 November 2020, the MBA Graduation Ceremony was held at CENTRUM Católica Peru. During an online session, 19 graduates of the joint MSM-CENTRUM MBA program were honored for receiving their degree.

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5 arguments to get your employer onboard with your MBA plans

Once you have set your heart on following an MBA, your next question might be about the investment it will cost you, both financially and in hours. Fortunately, several options to get (partial) funding, like loans and scholarships do exist. One option that candidates don’t always consider but that can be mutually beneficial, is receiving the financial or hours/leave support from employers. In this article, we hope to provide you with some strong arguments to help convince your employer.

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New and upcoming programs

Master in Management
January 2021 intake
Start of program: 4 January 2021

Full-time MBA
January 2021 intake
Start of program: 4 January 2021

Executive MBA 
January 2021 intake
Start of program: 9 January 2021

Executive Education – upcoming deadlines
Introduction to Project Management (online): 19 January 2021
Project Finance: 1 February 2021
Personal Leadership Skills: 15 March 2021
Effective Team Leadership Skills: 22 March 2021
Making sense of it all: Data Driven Marketing (online): 24 March 2021

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Upcoming events

In 2021 we will be organizing several events, like webinars, online masterclasses, virtual fairs. 

Check the link below to stay updated on our upcoming events.

Overview of our events

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MSM Videos

A wintertour of Maastricht

When joining MSM for an MBA, Master in Management or Executive Education Program it's good to have a first impression of the city. Therefore, we are taking you on a tour through Maastricht (during Christmas time).

Click on the image to watch the video.

Wintertour of Maastricht 

Click here for the MSM YouTube channel.

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