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Eduniversal’s 2017 Best Masters & MBAs Rankings

On April 11th, Eduniversal published the 2017 issue of their Best Masters & MBAs Ranking, which again confirmed the MaastrichtMBA as one of the world’s best part-time executive MBA programmes and Maastricht University School of Business and Economics as one of the world’s top business schools. Ranked alongside the MBAs of renowned institutes, such as London Business School, INSEAD, Copenhagen Business School and University of Mannheim Business School, Maastricht University SBE gains continuous acknowledgement and appreciation from the global community of leading ranking bodies for its high-quality MBA provision.

Headquartered in Paris, Eduniversal is a global ranking and rating agency specialising in higher education. The company has established strong expertise in evaluating academic institutions and programmes in France since 1994, and internationally since 2007. Every year they issue the Best Business Schools Ranking (published in February, click here to see our accompanying press release) as well as the Best Masters and MBAs Ranking. These rankings are designed to provide information to prospective graduate students that will help them in their search for their future studies in the following geographical zones: Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia & Middle East, Far East Asia, Latin America, North America, Oceania, Western Europe.

The MaastrichtMBA amongst the world’s best executive MBAs!

On April 5th, CEO Magazine released its 2017 Global MBA Rankings, which feature over 290 MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA Programmes worldwide. After a pleasing Tier One rank in 2016, The MaastrichtMBA now claims 13th place overall in CEO’s Global Executive MBAs ranking and was announced the best executive MBA programme offered on Dutch soil!

The complete CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2017 can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine or online on the magazine’s website.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programmes. This year CEO Magazine reached out to business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, and received responses from over 160 institutions – a 20 per cent increase in submissions from 2016.

Learning Something New Every Day

Twelve new MaastrichtMBA students from all walks of life gathered in a classroom at Maastricht University’s campus in the first week of December. It was their introduction weekend to the MBA programme. Although they had only just met, a warm and open vibe of togetherness was already present, turning the session about Leadership & Learning into a very lively one.

Exploring brain capacity

Sonja Zaar, lecturer and researcher in the field of organisational behaviour and educational sciences, introduced herself to the group and promised a mix of information and entertainment, carried by the group itself via active participation in the various assignments she had planned. A first series of questions balancing myths and facts evoked amusement and laughter, as the group discussed whether people would use their left or right brain primarily. “It’s a myth, of course!” Sonja explained when curiosity for the correct answer grew bigger, “because the two sides of the brain are intricately co-dependent.” She supported her claim with an illustration mapping out some of the functions of our brain and body that definitely needed both sides of the brain. Another myth or fact kept the group bouncing off ideas and thoughts with their immediate neighbours in the room, as Sonja instructed. Do we use only 10% of our brain? “I sure hope that’s a myth,” Maurice Zeegers responded, and again the group burst out in laughter. Sonja Zaar had no trouble convincing the group of the fact that we actually use our entire brain, but due to internal and external factors we don’t make use of the full 100% all the time.

25 years of the Maastricht Treaty: Party or Hangover?

The signing of the Maastricht Treaty marked the first step towards the establishment of the European Union (EU) as we know it today. Now, 25 years later, it is time to take stock. Has the EU lived up to expectations? Is it up to the task of addressing the problems of our time – the euro crisis, the refugee crisis, Brexit and rising anti-European populism, with Trump as just the latest variation on this theme? Has the ideal of an integrated Europe become obsolete? We asked a number of Maastricht professors for their views on the institution under fire. Monica Claes, professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law, and Bruno de Witte, professor of European Law, set the ball rolling.

When asked what there is to celebrate, the professors fall silent. Claes starts to chuckle, and eventually De Witte speaks up: “Celebrate is such a difficult word. Why celebrate something like that? Of course, it was an important moment in the sense that it made the EU what it is today. So it marks an important step whose consequences – both positive and negative – we’re still experiencing today.”

Eduniversal 2016 Business School Ranking Results

The ninth edition of the Eduniversal World Convention held in Perth, Australia, brought together 250 representatives from the world’s best business schools including Harvard Business School, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Melbourne Business School and Fudan University School of Management.

More than 120 schools from 50 countries participated in this event, which promotes the internationalisation of higher education and the mobility of students. At the Convention Gala Dinner, in the presence of Her Excellency the Honorable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, and several ambassadors to countries of the academic institutions ranked, the 2016 ranking of the World’s 1000 Best Business Schools as selected by 1000 deans was unveiled and the three best academic institutions by geographical area were rewarded with a prize.

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics – home of the MaastrichtMBA programme – again was awarded a prestigious Five Palms of Excellence rating, which proofs our business school’s strong global influence.

The Natural Process of Innovation

While it is freezing cold outside, the 46 attendees at Buitenplaats Vaeshartelt are taking care of a warm ambiance. They have been asked to leave spring early to attend the 2017 Winter Edition of the Breakfast Booster, organised by Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE).

One of the first attendees is the speaker: evolutionary biologist Dr. Roy Erkens, who you can see is very excited about it. Also present is the Director of Postgraduate Education, Prof. dr. Mariëlle Heijltjes. Like the others, they are treating themselves to the large breakfast buffet.

Kick-off a special meeting

Diana Berdún Mingo, Marketing and Communications Officer at the business school, kicks off this special meeting. Why special? Because biology is not a common topic in the world of business and economics.

Erkens takes the floor and immediately asks the question that will be the focus of this Breakfast Booster: what can organisations learn from evolution? Evolution, the change in inherited traits within a population, is a traditional domain of biologists, however there are many parallels with business. “Evolution is a powerful tool that can serve as a reference for other areas” says Erkens, who wishes to emphasise that analogies do not always stand.

Leading Strategic Change

The MaastrichtMBA programme strikes a fine balance between inbound and outbound modules for their students. Next to a cross-continental experience in an emerging economy and a designated week on Sustainability and Business Ethics in Cologne, Germany, an interesting off-campus journey is coming up later this month; one that will be addressing the topic of “Leading Strategic Change”, with Peter Berends and Jeroen Duijsens as the active moderators of the learning expedition. Their training and coaching methods steer the MBA participants into new and previously uncharted directions, preparing them for leadership beyond traditional comprehension. The module on Leading Strategic Change is one of the most discussed and highly anticipated ones among the MaastrichtMBA students, with a twist, that is. Because of the module’s parameters, words simply don’t do justice compared to having lived the experience yourself.

Turning the Page

During the two-year MaastrichtMBA programme, the flexible modular setup allows for students to mix and mingle beyond the group they started with. Newcomers may find themselves collaborating with students who are already in one of their final modules, which most certainly adds an interesting dimension to the programme. Given the fact that each professional also brings his own work and life experience to the MBA, even the most casual meeting of minds can result in something vibrant and unique.

Hery Randrianantoandro resides in London, UK. As a Business Development Manager with seventeen years of experience, he signed up for the MaastrichtMBA programme in 2014. Just recently, in September, he was in town for his last module. Yves Frissen, Manager Facility Services at Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC) started as an MBA student earlier this year, 2016. They engaged in a lively conversation, sharing experiences and expectations. Yves wondered about Hery’s perception of the last day.

Growing Commitment to Sustainability Education in Business

Today Corporate Knights released the 14th edition of the Better World MBA Ranking, which is the only major global ranking to evaluate graduate business programmes on their integration of sustainability into the education of future business leaders. For this reason, we are extremely proud to mention that The MaastrichtMBA, supported and endorsed by Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, ranked 22nd in its very first attempt to join the big league of global MBAs with a notable sustainable footprint!

Click here to view the 2016 ranking results.

People and Planet versus Profit

Compared to traditional MBA rankings, the Better World MBA ranking is designed to help students and corporate leaders identify solid programmes that have the infrastructure to support sustainability skills and knowledge. The rules-based ranking also recognises those programmes which best prepare graduates to solve business problems that intersect with larger social problems, such as climate change and inequality. The Better World MBA ranking evaluates the top 100 programmes on the 2016 FT Global MBA ranking, and invites all other accredited (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) programmes to opt-in. This year, Corporate Knights evaluated 123 programs in total.

From the Head to the Heart

Each graduation ceremony is different, despite for its reoccurring rituals and attire. It’s the people involved that make the difference: graduates who during their MBA learning journey sometimes reached the limits of their time management skills, or found themselves at unexpected crossroads having to make tough decisions. And yet they made it to the MaastrichtMBA finish line, marking a new chapter, a new beginning in their professional lives.

Seven graduates were welcomed in the Auditorium of Maastricht University, this Friday afternoon the 30th of September. Their spouses, family and friends welcomed them with smiles and applause while they took their front-row seats. All men this time around, as Prof. dr. Mariëlle Heijltjes, Director of Postgraduate Education noticed in her speech, in which she emphasised this academic year’s theme Community at the CORE and the meaning of the word community for the MBA programme, its students and graduates. Her words coincided with the arrival of some current MBA students who had a few minutes to spare in between their class sessions. They sat in and watched the ceremony, and caught a glimpse of what would one day be their very own graduation ceremony.