Newsletter #2/2021


This month we highlighted and celebrated International Women’s Day with the uplifting stories of four winners of MSM’s MBA Women Ambassador Scholarships, each of whom chose to challenge gender inequality in their home countries of Peru, Mongolia, Venezuela and Belgium. We also heard Dr. Caren Crowley’s recommendations on re-building a more supportive and effective post-COVID 19 entrepreneurial ecosystem for women’s entrepreneurship.

February was a busy month for our international capacity-building projects in the Sahel region and South Africa. We kicked off the Sahel RESCOM project with a series of regional and national events paving the way for further local collaboration and data collection.  In the South African provinces of Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, MSM and its local partner Stellenbosch University launched a Triple Helix Platform to stimulate local policymakers, academics, farmers to work together for the development of water-smart agri-business practices.

Do you know the six top skills most wanted among employers? Read the findings of our research investigation on this topic, and learn how our Master in Management allows you to develop these skills. In this newsletter you will also read more about the recently completed Decision Making Tools module of the full-time MBA and we again introduce you to one of the lecturers. We also highlight the power of the MSM MBA Mentorship program. 

With a kind reminder to check the several deadlines for program applications and early bird fees coming up ahead, we wish you a stimulating start into the spring season.

Meinhard Gans
Chief Executive Officer

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International Women's Day 2021 - Choose to Challenge

In this blog we highlight four strong women in our MBA programs, who choose to challenge. They received the Women Ambassadorship Scholarship, because they refuse to limit their ambitions, they choose to respond to gender inequality in a constructive way, they try and create awareness and they seek to inspire other women.

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Regional and National events kick-started Sahel RESCOM project

Recently the national and regional conferences of the OKP RESCOM Project in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger took place. The project which covers the Sahel region works towards climate change, security and the rule of law in the Sahel by optimizing the contribution of universities to strengthen the resilience of communities.

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Launch of a Triple Helix Platform in Limpopo, Free State and Mpumalanga Provinces

In September 2019, the project “Strengthening Skills of TVET Staff and Students for Optimizing Water Usage and Climate Smart Agriculture in South Africa” was launched by MSM and Stellenbosch University (SU). The project is funded by NUFFIC, through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On Tuesday, 23 February 2021, the first inaugural meeting of the triple helix platform between MSM and SU took place.

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Developing leaders in Romania: celebrating 10 years of partnership with MSM Romania

It has been 10 years since MSM embarked on a joint journey with MSM Romania to develop leaders in Romania. Since then, the joint Executive MBA has been running successfully with its 11th intake just having started mid January.

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What do companies really want when hiring talent?

MSM conducted research among more than 250 companies to find out what skills these companies are looking for in the talent they want to hire. In this blog we would like to highlight the top 6 skills proven to be most wanted skills for employers…and more importantly, how you can develop and improve these skills through MSM’s Master in Management program.

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Decision Making Tools: an eye-opening module for the full-time MBA students

“The passion of Dr. Khaled Wahba for data analysis is contagious, which motivated me to concentrate and learn. He provided detailed explanations of the concepts and shared helpful annotations throughout the course. The assignment enriched the entire learning experience. A big Thank You to Khaled Wahba for making this difficult subject so interesting!”.

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The power of the MSM MBA Mentorship program: a win-win proposition

To introduce and give you access to a Dutch professional network and to get acquainted with the Dutch way of doing business, MSM offers the MSM MBA Mentorship program. In this blog you will learn more about the MSM Mentorship program and we share experiences from MSM MBA mentees and their mentors.

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Research Methods and Skills – kick-start your research journey

From September 2020 until February 2021 an international group of students joined the MSM Research Methods and Skills (RMS) program which was offered via distance learning.

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A study of the high performance organization’s transformation process at Takaful insurance companies – Online DBA defense

On 10 February 2021, Mrs. Mirna Mroueh successfully defended her DBA thesis titled: A study of the high performance organization’s transformation process at Takaful insurance companies - The Case of the United Arab Emirates.

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Opinion column: Hearts and Minds - Why international education matters more than you think

It is election time in the Netherlands. Normally not nearly as exciting as, for example, the recent US elections, but nonetheless, an important period in which no less than 37 political parties compete for the favor of the voters on the basis of party programs.

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Meet your MBA lecturers: David Dingli

"I like to define my lectures as a “Roller Coaster ride”. Students will experience similar emotions. There will be the thrilling and fun moments, others will create tension and anxiety, maybe even some fear and panic as you will be challenged to think but knowing full well that you are in safe hands. At the end, when the ride is over and you know you have survived it, you wish you had more."

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New and upcoming programs

Master in Management
Early bird: 1 May 2021
Application deadline non-EU: 15 July 2021
Application deadline EU: 15 September 2021
Start of program: 27 September 2021

Full-time MBA
Early bird: 1 May 2021
Application deadline non-EU: 15 July 2021
Application deadline EU: 15 September 2021
Start of program: 27 September 2021

Executive MBA 
Application deadline: 1 April 2021
Start of program: 9 April 2021

Online MBA
Early bird: 1 April 2021
Application deadline: 1 June 2021
Start of program: June 2021

Research Methods and Skills (RMS) - distance learning
Early bird: 1 May 2021
Application deadline: 15 July 2021
Start of program: 6 September 2021

Online Executive Education programs – upcoming deadlines
Strategic Leadership - 5 April 2021
Change Management - 12 April 2021
Project Finance - 10 May 2021
e-Government - 24 May 2021
Creating value from Big Data - 31 May 2021

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Upcoming events

Meet MSM at the online AccessMBA fair in the Philippines
Date: 20 March 2021

Meet MSM online at the QS Connect MBA Indonesia
Date: 21 March 2021

Meet MSM at the online AccessMasters fair in the Philippines
Date: 20 March 2021

Webinar - What return on investment can you expect form the different MBA formats?
Date: 25 March 2021

Meet MSM at the online AccessMBA fair in Lebanon and Jordan
Date: 30 March 2021

Webinar - How the Research Methods and Skills (RMS) program will benefit your career in research
Date: 13 April 2021

Overview of our events

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MSM Videos

Online masterclass - Re-building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to Support Women's Entrepreneurship

In the light of International Women’s Day which took place on 8 March 2021, Caren Crowley – Assistant Professor at MSM – conducted a free online masterclass on the topic “Re-Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to Support Women’s Entrepreneurship”. In her masterclass, Caren Crowley focused on women’s experiences of entrepreneurship and how this is impacted by the context within which entrepreneurship is embedded.

Click on the image to watch the online masterclass.

Click here for the MSM YouTube channel.

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