Newsletter #3/2021


We have a lot of updates to share with you in this May newsletter. First and foremost, we are delighted to be able to welcome our students on campus again, even if it is only for one-day a week for the time being in keeping with COVID-19 safety measures. We have missed them!

MSM’s full-time MBA and Master in Management programs have continued their upward climb in the 2021 Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking. No wonder that MSM graduates make great hires! An article in Business Because listed the five top reasons why local Dutch employers highly value our full-time MBA alumni.

The second edition of our High Level Talks series gathered leaders from Higher Education institutes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya and Uganda to discuss how to leverage the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity for digital transformation. Other highlights are our survey findings on Climate Smart Agriculture perceptions and practices in Eastern Africa, three tailor-made capacity-building training projects granted to MSM in Burundi, Ghana and Liberia and two recently run Executive Education programs on Change Management and Strategic Leadership.

There are only a few days left to apply for our next Online MBA program and to benefit from the early bird fee for our next distance-learning Research Methods and Skills (RMS) program. Make sure to check the deadlines for our next programs and events!

Best wishes, stay healthy, and hopefully see you all again soon,

Meinhard Gans
Chief Executive Officer

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MSM’s full-time MBA ranks number 9 in Eduniversal ranking

We are proud to announce that MSM’s full-time MBA climbed to the number 9 position in Western Europe in the 2021 Eduniversal Ranking, making it the best Full-time MBA program in the Netherlands.

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High Level Talks – Innovation in Higher Education

On 15 April 2021, MSM organized the second edition of the High Level Talks, focusing on Innovation in Higher Education, and bringing together high level leaders from Higher Education institutes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya and Uganda.

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SDG series - Climate Smart Agriculture in Eastern Africa – perceptions and practices

With the importance of the SDGs in mind, we have started the SDG series – ‘Exploring Pathways and Innovation Towards Meeting the SDG’s.’ In this article, we dive into the topic of Climate Smart Agriculture which contributes to SDG 1, 2, 6, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

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5 ways we can all contribute to limiting the Earth’s temperature increase

Have you noticed that every year we seem to be breaking more weather records (hottest day, hottest month, coldest month, wettest month etc.)? Extreme weather is becoming more frequent, even to the point that in 2020, we ran out of names to give hurricanes that ravaged various coasts around the world, and in 2019, the city of Cape Town had one month of water reserves left before becoming the first city to ever run out of water, when fortunately, the drought finally ended. We are all aware of the issues… but what can we do to help?

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Improving mental health and psychosocial support services of medical staff in North Kivu working with women, girls, boys and men affected by SGBV

In April 2021, MSM was awarded a grant to - in partnership with Living Peace Institute based in Goma, DRC - train 300 doctors, nurses and community workers in 18 health centres affiliated with Le Centre Hospitalier Neuropsychiatrique de Goma (CHNP) in North-Kivu.

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MSM trains officials from the Royal Government of Bhutan

In the period of 7-14 April 2021, a team from MSM led by Dr. Jeroen van Wijk delivered a training to 17 officials from the Ministries of Agriculture and Economic Affairs of the Royal Government of Bhutan on value chain analysis in the Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) sector.

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New projects in Burundi, Ghana and Liberia granted to MSM

Three new Tailor-Made Training projects of the Orange Knowledge Programme have been granted to Maastricht School of Management (MSM). Our project team is looking forward to starting new training programs in Burundi, Ghana and Liberia.

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Global Supply Chain Management: critical for sustainable business success

“Global Supply Chain Management is essential for companies that want to be competitive in their markets. The module provided me with a great opportunity to learn about matching customer values, lowering costs and reducing risks through supply chain flexibility.”

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5 Reasons why companies are hiring MBAs from Maastricht School of Management

BusinessBecause caught up with two employers who took on MSM grads to ask what makes these MBAs great hires. Here are the top five reasons they gave.

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A Changing World – Executive MBA courses from a student perspective

"On the 10th of April 2021, we started our final modules as the EMBA8 group together. It is a bittersweet moment, where you simultaneously realize how far you have come, but also how much there still is to learn and explore. You recognize unexpected friendships were forged, partnerships discussed, and futures planned."

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MSM battles in SDG-Challenge finals: stimulating healthy food choices

The MSM Master in Management (MM) SDG team battled in the grand final of the yearly Soapbox University SDG-Challenge. The MSM SDG students teamed up with Albron and worked on a solution to stimulate Albron’s customers to make more sustainable food choices.

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Key ingredients for a successful organizational change

“Working in the field of development, we are facing new challenges every day and this requires me as a leader in my organization to understand how we can be agile to navigate these challenges. Therefore, I joined this Change Management course to identify what aspects of my organization should be changed, and how to positively steer this process.”

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Strategic Leadership – Setting the direction for successful and sustainable growth

“I believe this course has exposed me to different leadership approaches, which will positively impact the vision and direction of growth and the potential success of my organization” said Joseph Chibuye (Zambia) who joined the 5-day executive Strategic Leadership program."

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An Empirical Study of the Use of Hedging Strategies by Islamic Mutual Funds – online DBA defense

"The DBA program has changed my way of thinking in my business life and helped me to achieve my dream in teaching and in the consultations career path. I found the DBA journey a wonderful experience and discovered a lot of new skills."

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New and upcoming programs

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

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

Executive MBA
Early bird deadline: 1 August 2021
Application deadline: 1 October
Start of program: 8 October

Online MBA
Application deadline: 1 June 2021
Start of program: June 2021

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

Executive Education programs – upcoming deadlines
Project Management - 23 August 2021
Personal Leadership Skills - 11 September 2021
Change Management - 8 October 2021
Strategic Leadership - 15 October 2021

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Upcoming events

Meet MSM online at the QS Connect Masters fairs
Brazil: 1 June 2021
Mexico and Central America: 3 June 2021
South America: 5 June 2021

Overview of our events

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MSM Videos

Online masterclass - How to survive the next crisis: THINK PROACTIVE. THINK SYSTEM. BE READY

Everything has an end! This is fact of life, and we know it. The unknown factor however, is the duration… how close or far the end is? Just recently, Dr. Khaled Wahba, Adjunct Faculty at MSM conducted a free online masterclass on How to survive the next crisis. The focus of the masterclass was about making successful situations last as long as possible.

Click on the image to watch the online masterclass.

Click here for the MSM YouTube channel.

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