Newsletter #6/2021


2021 has been another turbulent year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, during which we had to operate outside of our norms. Despite the disruptions, Maastricht School of Management still achieved many successes, and I wish to thank students, staff, and partners for their enthusiasm, sustained endurance and patience.

What remains steadfast at MSM is the commitment to working together for better global management and a more sustainable future. Just last week, we were proud to deliver a new batch of talented graduates fully equipped to embrace the ever-changing world of management and leadership. As you will read in this newsletter, this year’s Graduation ceremony was a remarkable event in many ways, and yet another opportunity to celebrate the increasingly important values of diversity and inclusion with our global community.

We also proudly look back at our annual Academic Conference in early December, which we had to adapt at the last minute to a fully virtual event, and applaud our joint Executive MBA program with Nanjing University for its top ranking among the “10 Best Sino-Foreign Joint Programs of Chinese Business Schools”.

We successfully adapted our education and training programs to changing circumstances in Maastricht and abroad in October and November. We offered our Executive Programs in Strategic Leadership and Change Management in a hybrid format. We delivered innovative tailor-made training programs in Ghana, the DRC, and South Africa. In the latter projects, participants learned to apply inclusive approaches and novel e-learning or audiovisual tools to enhance their competencies.

For now, I encourage you to use the holiday season to reflect, recharge, and celebrate all we have accomplished as individuals and as a community, and I hope that you will enjoy special moments with friends and family. Together with the MSM team, I look forward to seeing you (hopefully face-to-face) in our programs or meeting you during our next projects, events or online masterclasses.

My best wishes for a healthy and happy 2022!

With gratitude,

Meinhard Gans
Chief Executive Officer

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MSM Graduation Day 2021 – remarkable in many ways

Thursday 16 December 2021 marked the day for MSM’s annual Graduation Ceremony. A remarkable day for our graduates, as they finally received their well-deserved degree after a long period of hard work. A period that was even more challenging than ever because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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MSM Academic Conference: Sharing knowledge and best practices on private sector development

On 1 December, MSM organized a successful Academic Conference themed “Private sector development in emerging economies, contributing to a climate smart and inclusive society”. Virtually we welcomed over 100 people from 30+ countries who joined 3 keynote speeches and 30 paper presentations.

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MSM team joins the national SDG-challenge: contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Recently a team of MSM Master in Management and full-time MBA students battled in the grand final of the yearly university SDG-Challenge. The mission of the SDG-Challenge is to inspire and mobilize students in universities, throughout the Netherlands, and companies to work together on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

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Joint Executive MBA program Nanjing University and MSM in the Top 10 of Best Sino-Foreign Joint Programs of Chinese Business Schools

The Executive MBA program jointly conducted by Nanjing University and Maastricht School of Management recently won the 4th place in the Top 10 Best Sino-Foreign Joint Programs of Chinese Business Schools for its excellent pedagogical methods and achievements.

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Strategic leadership as driver for long-term success

“Joining this program was an experience like no other. It was very realistic and relevant. During the program, I could always relate to the different modules and scenarios that play within my organization. It was exciting to get feedback from the lecturer and the participants who were always ready to share their experiences and best practices:” according to participant Kader Lafia Sero (Benin), who joined the 5-day executive Strategic Leadership program.

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Dealing with change - more important than ever

“I love the diversity of cultures that I have found in the classroom. It is great to see that even people from other continents have the same difficulties for improving and similar goals to target. Also, hearing their different opinions makes the program richer, hence it helps you to think out of the box.” These are the words of Norma Fernanda (Colombia) who joined the executive Change Management program.

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Full-time MBA students learn all about managing cultural diversity in the international business context

“It would be too simplistic to call it an awakening but as the week unfolded, and we dived deeper into theories and practices, I became more self-aware. From locating our core competencies and matching them with our profiles to enabling a sense of acceptability, which finally concluded in placing oneself in the business world," according to Devina Chandola, current full-time MBA student.

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Agribusiness and Value Chains training for Accra Technical University

Dr. Jeroen van Wijk, Associate Professor Global Value Chain and Partnerships at MSM provided a 5-day training on agribusiness and value chains to 18 staff members of Accra Technical University (ATU).

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Combatting stigmas on mental health by film in DRC

MSM in partnership with Living Peace Institute based in Goma, DRC, trained 300 doctors, nurses and community workers in 18 health centers affiliated with Le Centre Hospitalier Neuropsychiatrique de Goma (CHNP) in North-Kivu in a Tailor-Made-Training+ project from NUFFIC.

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Major online didactics skills boost in Agri-horticulture for TVET Colleges, Launch of Moodle E Learning Platform

The establishment and launch of the Cloud based Moodle E Learning Platform related to Water Smart Agriculture went along with three training workshops, attended by 60 participants, on developing Competencies of Lecturing Staff on Blended Learning.

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MSM Senior Consultant, Julius Gatune Kariuki to hold UNESCO Chair for East Africa region

UNESCO is a well renowned organization globally and we are proud to share that MSM Senior Consultant, Dr. Julius Gatune Kariuki has been recognized through years of being part of the research community to hold an UNESCO Chair for the East Africa Region.

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Internal Factors Affecting Organisational Effectiveness – Online DBA defense

On 16 December 2021, Mr. Khaled Aldayan successfully defended his DBA thesis titled: Internal Factors Affecting Organisational effectiveness: An Empirical Study of Services companies in the Egyptian Market. The defense took place in an online session.

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New and upcoming programs

Master in Management
Early bird: 1 May 2022
Application deadline non-EU: 15 July 2022
Application deadline EU: 15 September 2022
Start of program: 26 September 2022

Full-time MBA
Early bird: 1 May 2022
Application deadline non-EU: 15 July 2022
Application deadline EU: 15 September 2022
Start of program: 26 September 2022

Executive MBA
Early bird deadline: 1 February 2022
Application deadline: 1 April 2022
Start of program: 8 April 2022

Online MBA
Early bird deadline: 15 July 2022
Application deadline: 15 September 2022
Start of program: 26 September 2022

Executive Education programs – upcoming deadlines
Personal Leadership Skills - 7 February 2022
Small Business Development for Emerging Economies -
28 February 2022
Building Triple Helix Partnerships - 10 March 2022
Gender Equality and Women Empowerment - 30 May 2022
Women Entrepreneurship Policy - 6 June 2022

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Upcoming events

Global Network Conference
Date: 24 March 2022

Save the date
Online Masterclass by Dr. Stephanie Jones and Dr. Martin Tynan on their new book Seven Entrepreneurial Leadership Workouts
Date: 27 January 2022

Overview of our events

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MSM videos

Online Masterclass - Understanding the Emerging New Global Economy

In this Online Masterclass, Professor Dr. Harald Sander, argues that globalization is not passé but changing its character. In particular, the role of new technologies in re-shaping the New Global Economy (NGE) is being discussed.

Click on the image to watch the online masterclass. 

Click here for the MSM YouTube channel.

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