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Nyenrode MBA: A Reward for Life!

Kasteel Nijenrode

This article is sponsored by Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Visit its website to find out more about its MBA programs:

Nyenrode Business Universiteit is the only private university in the Netherlands. It was created in 1946 by captains of industry from leading Dutch corporations such as KLM, Shell, Unilever and Philips, who perceived the need for action-orientated and internationally-focused business education in the post-World War II landscape.

Thus, Nyenrode was born, with “for and by business” as its motto, and rebuilding the economic position of the Netherlands as its goal.

Nyenrode is located in a unique 13th-century castle estate. This locale is truly eye-catching, and includes a deer park, a maze, a rose garden, hiking and jogging trails through the woods, a lane with centuries-old chestnut trees, among other features that make the estate truly unique. Since 2001, it has enjoyed protection under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act.

Nyenrode MBA programs

Pursuing an MBA at Nyenrode Business Universiteit means developing your personal and professional skills through intense and rigorous academic programs. Your experience, personal motivations and circumstances are key in determining which of the three MBA programs on offer is right for you. They are the International MBA (full-time), the Executive MBA (part-time) and the Modular Executive MBA (part time modular).

International MBA

The Nyenrode International MBA is a twelve month full-time program, which covers a wide range of functional areas of business. This program is designed for professionals with more than three years of work experience who want to enhance their personal and leadership skills through personal development classes, networking opportunities, guest lectures, self-discovery workshops and a unique coaching program. The international dimension of this program is not only reflected in the wide variety of nationalities represented in the program but the global experience modules that span four continents: Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Nyenrodians inspire, support and learn from each other, forging relationships that last a lifetime. The intimate class size of between thirty and forty students means a great deal of personal attention from the Nyenrode community as well as close connections with your MBA peers. These experiences with a community from all around the world help to develop your knowledge and abilities, as well as your international management skills, allowing you to become a truly global manager and business leader.

Executive MBA

The Executive MBA program at Nyenrode is a 21-month program designed to allow you to study while working, whether you are based in the Netherlands or elsewhere. The Executive MBA program combines two weeks of on-campus modules every three months with practical international experience.

The program comprises of a total of six modules. Four of these take place at the Nyenrode Business Universiteit campus, one of takes place in South Africa and the last in Oregon in the United States.

Executive MBA participants come from a variety of backgrounds, industries and functions. This brings in a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Besides, the Nyenrode experience doesn't end on graduation day; alumni are considered Nyenrodians for life.

Modular Executive MBA

In order to respond to the needs of busy professionals and business leaders, Nyenrode has created a range of Modular Executive MBA programs. These are industry-oriented and structurally-flexible progams, which allow you to work towards getting an MBA degree at your own pace. Students may also decide the order in which they take the various modules.

The Nyenrode Modular MBA in Business & IT was created for IT managers who strive for excellence in leveraging IT for business. The aim of the program is the development of a new generation of CIOs who are prepared for the complex business circumstances of the future. The focus of this program is to integrate business and IT with a view on closing the gap between the two.

Through this program, high quality participants with technical backgrounds acquire a much broader view on top-level business issues. This allows them to better understand the opportunities and challenges of the corporate utilization of information and communication technologies, both in product and processes development.

Nyenrode MBA Events

Nyenrode understands that deciding which university and program are the best for you is not an easy task. Therefore, it has created  a series of events that allow you to understand Nyenrode Business Universiteit and live the Nyenrode experience before enrolling on a program.

One of these events is the Nyenrode MBA Weekend. During this event, Nyenrode opens its door for remarkable potential students allowing them to experience Nyenrode first-hand. They consist of two action-packed days at Nyenrode's 13th century campus with top-quality workshops & seminars, individual attention, and networking opportunities with alumni from different Nyenrode programs. Remarkable international talents get the chance to visit Nyenrode all-inclusive (food, accommodation and airfare).

Olga Liash from Ukraine, a curren International MBA student, attended an MBA Weekend before enrolling on the program. "I took part in MBA Weekend together with 23 other participants from different parts of the world. The Weekend had two goals: to show you what the school stands for and to see who you are. Thus, if you are be able to feel what means to be Nyenrodian, you will become a Nyenrodian yourself.’’

This article is sponsored by Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Visit its website to find out more about its MBA programs:

Written by Mansoor Iqbal

Mansoor is a contributor to and former editor of TopMBA.com. He is a higher and business education specialist, who has been published in media outlets around the world. He studied English literature at BA and MA level and has a background in consumer journalism.

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