Inspiring international business leaders

June 5, 2018

The new Durham-EBS Executive MBA programme, in partnership with European Business School, Germany, will launch this autumn

Durham University Business School has redesigned its part-time Executive MBA programme, offered in partnership with European Business School (EBS), Germany.

The revamped 18-month part-time programme, which will run from September 2018, is designed to inspire career professionals to become truly successful international business leaders, and to equip those senior individuals with the skills to effectively manage and lead their organisations through the complex global landscape.

Hosted by two of the world’s most respected higher education institutions, both located in UNESCO world-heritage sites, the new dual-degree Executive MBA (EMBA) programme draws upon both UK-specific and European experience, and provides deep insights into leadership in today’s international business world, providing students with a wider business mindset. The programme explores the operation of global markets, focuses on leading transnational business relations and supports students to further enhance their international network of contacts.

Students continue to work full-time while studying, as teaching (in English) is delivered once a month in three-day blocks at either Durham or EBS. This enables new knowledge and expertise to be applied immediately into the workplace, benefiting both the student and their employer.

Dr. Axel Schlieter, lawyer and senior associate at Clifford Chance and also a student of the current Durham-EBS EMBA cohort, attended a residential module in Durham in January. He comments: “For me, as a lawyer, the EMBA programme offers the opportunity to obtain in-depth business knowledge and to gain managerial skills which will broaden my career options. By being surrounded by a great variety of people in different business professions, I am able to gain significant additional learning benefits. Finally, and maybe most importantly, is the personal network and friendships we enjoy amongst our EMBA cohort. This has quickly turned into what will undoubtedly be a connection for our whole lives.”

Diversity and internationality are key elements of the programme, with students and faculty from around the world. Experienced professionals with a wide range of previous academic backgrounds and from a number of industry sectors will study together on this new programme accredited by AMBA (Association of MBAs).

Dr Julie Hodges, associate dean of MBA programmes at Durham University Business School, says: “The new Durham-EBS EMBA is shaped by today’s connected international business world, by not only delivering modules in the UK and Germany, but by offering the opportunity to students to immerse themselves in another country’s business culture. This unique programme gives students the learning and experiences needed to enhance their careers as business leaders.”

Brian Gibbs, associate dean at EBS, remarks: “The Durham-EBS Executive MBA has been enhanced to meet the needs of professionals in today’s changing global environment. Students value the diversity represented by each cohort, as well as the faculty members from both universities who teach on the programme. Class instruction on both business theory and practice, rounded out by group activities and guest speakers, provides students with a compelling, internationally-focused EMBA experience.”

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