Q. Could you give us a brief overview of your Distance Learning programme?
The online programs of the European Business University of Luxembourg are stellar courses. We offer a learning experience that is second to none and can proudly claim that students will receive a sound return on this investment. With our highly qualified and published instructors, exceptionally engaged and global student body, this program offers the best qualities an online student can expect. In addition, through our partnerships with multiple universities, students in the online program have the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Bsc.), Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Science (MSc).
Q. What are the characteristics you are looking for in applicants?
Applicants to these online programs who are engaged in employment, external or at home, must have good time management skills. Those applicants with work experience bring added value to the experiential qualities of the program. In this respect, we also seek diversity in our student body and vocal engagement to build upon the already well-established community of learners. Therefore the more diverse our student body, the wider the networking net can be cast.
Q. What sets your programme apart from other Distance Learning programmes?
The online programs offer a blended component allowing students to participate in rotational campus week events for examinations, enjoyable networking events and guest seminars. This unique opportunity to be in Luxembourg at the Chateau Wiltz campus with your learning peers is a remarkable differentiator for the EBU Online Campus.
Q. Tell us about your curriculum. How is the MBA programme structured?
Students may pursue this one-year MBA program by completing 72 credit hours of intensive coursework over three terms. The terms are comprised of 10 weeks each, or they may alternatively spread the workload to suit their needs. Students may also opt to complete their examinations on campus or online with ProctorU, an online invigilation service. The course culminates with the third term allowing for specializations and the completion of a thesis. Students who do not have two years of previous work experience can complete a dissertation and graduate with an MA Business Administration.
Q. How is your Distance Learning MBA programme evolving to match the dynamics of business environments around the world?
Our Faculty, alumni and students themselves are the constant source of continuous improvement. We engage industry professionals as speakers, visit cutting edge industries and apply the case study method to our Online campus program through application of the Harvard Business Reviews among other peer reviewed journals. If the ICT tools of engagement are not value added we attend eLearning workshops and conferences to ensure that we are not only engaging with the benchmarks in the educational sector, but also becoming a benchmark ourselves and raising the industry bar.
Q. What are the types of organisations that tend to employ your graduates the most?
Graduates from the online campus program may focus on a number of areas that relate to specialization interests. However, we place special emphasis on quality in education regardless of the field of concentration. Employability through networking, job and career advisement has yielded promising results. In recent years we have had students interested in, emerging from, and entering into the financial services, human resources, marketing, as well as private entrepreneurs building on their skills. The diversity of student engagement in the fashion industry, film and television, banking, energy sectors, healthcare, sports and ICT among others, speaks to the open possibilities.
Q. What advice would you offer to a person who is thinking about pursuing a Distance Learning MBA programme?
My advice is be ready to be challenged. By ready to be exposed to the possibilities of what an MBA can bring into your career. With this in mind make the mental commitment to be empowered because not everyone has an MBA. The commitment to an MBA is a challenge that once made should be held through to the end. It will be hard, for certain, but truly rewarding in all respects.
Q. How have you succeeded in engaging the students having in mind that the programme is taught online? What chances do students get to interact with faculty and peers?
The online program is not only asynchronous but also synchronous – live. Students will see and interact with each other and their instructors in live video transmissions, discussion forums, webinar based break-out sessions, group case studies and during Luxembourg campus week (which if they are unable to attend will have the live broadcasting of speakers). Similar to being in a classroom, participants will have access to microphones, webcams, the ability to raise their hand to gain attention, express laughter, clap in appreciation, agree and disagree with what is being communicated through built in icons and tools.
Q. Do you provide the same resources during the Distance Learning MBA as the on-campus programme?
Although the Online Campus can not mirror the physical nature of the site campus’, there are eLibrary, and academic, technical and administrative support services for students to access. As students of the online campus, they are privy to and also have access to the services of the site campuses.
Q. If you have to name only one, what would be the strongest added value of your programme and school?
Our unique selling proposition is “Quality Global Business Education”