If you’ve never considered studying business in Europe, now is the time. When it comes to developing entrepreneurial zeal, there’s no other region quite like it. After all, a high standard of living, enviable networking opportunities, plus a light grasp of second or third languages will benefit any aspiring business leader. However, nothing makes a more significant difference than being surrounded by opportunity.
Europe is one of the world’s biggest commercial hubs with sophisticated infrastructure, strong legal protection, and a highly-skilled workforce. That said, b-school students here learn just as much outside the classroom as they do inside it. With this knowledge, they take the plunge to lead or innovate their way to success.
There’s no better place to do so than in an economy known for its ability to bounce back. The GDP forecast for 2021 is 4.8% in both the EU and the euro area, compared to -6% last year.
If you believe you have an idea that can grow this number, these business schools will give you the skills and qualifications you need to bring it to life:
EDC Paris Business School
Which aspiring business leader wouldn’t want to develop, innovate, add value, and create with an entrepreneurial mindset? A business education from EDC Paris Business School promises these competencies and plenty more. Established in 1950, it has a long, illustrious history of developing leaders with a vision. Today, they are training humanist leaders for the digital era.
Elements of the past, present, and future of business are evident across its lineup of programmes. The Bachelor in Management develops front-line managers and project managers with a mastery of management fundamentals, digital techniques, and entrepreneurial values. The Master of Science MSc and M.Sc In programmes were designed to strengthen existing skills and enhance the knowledge needed to thrive in specialised fields and sectors.
Alternatively, practitioners, managers, experts, and entrepreneurs could opt for the Executive Master in Management. It is a continuation of the Grande Ecole, a post-French Baccalaureate five-year diploma granting a fully state-accredited master’s degree. This 19-month programme is delivered in French and English.
All programmes lead to outcomes that are not just rewarding but inspiring as well. Here, 60% of students are working on developing products once unheard of and making a name in markets previously untapped. Each possesses the ability to design and implement effective strategies.
Most importantly, with an EDC Paris Business School experience, they learn to bridge the gap between entrepreneurial performance and social demands. The school is a proud member of the PRME label, with a long-standing commitment to providing programmes that inspire sustainability and contribute to the fight against climate change. The collective experience ensures graduates improve the social and economic performance of organisations in Europe and across the globe. To join them, click here.
University of Birmingham
Located in one of Europe’s biggest cities, 8,700 international students representing around 150 countries are thriving at the University of Birmingham. Many of them are learning the fundamentals of organisational success through one of its many leader-producing programmes at Birmingham Business School
The school offers undergraduate degrees that cover accounting and finance; business management; economics; international business; money, banking and finance; as well as mathematical economics and statistics. Expert guidance is provided throughout.
“There was so much support from the lecturers who really pushed me and comforted me and provided me with that reassurance that you can do it,” says BSc Business Management graduate Khurum Butt. “There were certainly a number of personal connections I made at university, be that coursemates, housemates or even teammates, who are still friends today and also business partners.”
Aspiring postgraduates are welcomed to experience the same. Birmingham Business School offers an array of MSc programmes that cover accounting and finance; economics, finance, and statistics; management and strategy; and marketing. Of course, the iconic, triple-accredited, internationally-acclaimed Birmingham MBA is also offered.
“I was selected as one of the 40 students across the globe to attend a fully sponsored real time business case study in Tokyo,” shares MBA International Business graduate Darshan Chapla.
Luxembourg School of Business
Created in 2014, the Luxembourg School of Business delivers high-quality management education in the heart of Europe. Experienced professionals can opt for a part-time MBA, while undergraduates can pursue a full-time Master in Management. Other specialised courses for individuals and tailor-made training for companies are offered too.
LSB’s mission is to provide an inspiring and multicultural learning environment for current and aspiring business leaders from Luxembourg as well as from across Europe and the world.
You will be taught by academics and business leaders — some of whom are executives from multinational organisations. Others are linked with institutions such as MIT, University of Michigan, Duke University, Harvard University, ESADE Business School and more.
Professors combine contemporary teaching and research methods with cultural and intellectual diversity. This is then complemented by opportunities made possible by the school’s partners with the international business community.
The Luxembourg Global Executive MBA best exemplifies this. Practical and no-nonsense, students follow a real-life approach and a curriculum designed to challenge one’s thinking, expand resilience and accelerate development.
Spanning 18 months, the programme combines immersive weeks and online learning. It is divided into six modules, each lasting 12 weeks. For each module, students follow two days of online classes and go on one immersive week, which would take place in Luxembourg, Miami, Shanghai and Dubai.
Although intense, it is flexible enough so candidates won’t need to sacrifice business commitments and their private lives. The Luxembourg Global Executive MBA is entirely taught in English.
Set in the heart of Vienna, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is where the boundaries of knowledge are pushed beyond what’s imaginable. The university is accredited by the three most prestigious agencies for business and economics universities — EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. Only 72 business universities and business schools worldwide — or less than 1% — are entitled to carry all three international seals of quality.
Here, students are trained to challenge conventional thinking, invite and embrace diverse ideas, and collaborate to change the world. This happens through the university’s wide selection of programmes, from bachelor’s and master’s to PhD and executive education programmes.
If you want to work at the interface of strategy, logistics, management control, planning and process management, consider the Supply Chain Management master’s programme. In this four-semester transdisciplinary programme, you can explore numerous specialisation options, gain global experience through exchange and complete a master’s thesis.
“Our graduates are well prepared to design and manage the future’s most competitive supply chains addressing economic, environmental and social dimensions,” shares Academic Director Gerald Reiner.
Location is another key perk. The university is centrally located in Vienna, the world’s most liveable city and one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities. “Vienna itself has a lot to offer: from many cultural activities to sports clubs or shopping there is something for everyone,” shares student Carolin. “I enjoy the nightlife with all the bars and clubs as well as the multiple “Kaffeehäuser” where you can just sit, enjoy a coffee and read a book or also study.”
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