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The ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA is jointly run by two of Europe’s leading business schools in close partnership. In 2004, the Grande École ESSEC in Paris and the University of Mannheim joined forces to create an Executive MBA program with a one-of-a-kind profile. Based on the values of excellence, responsibility and innovation, we offer a transformational program that has long been recognized as one of the best joint Executive MBA programs in Europe and the world. In 2014, we broadened the program’s international scope by integrating an Asia-Pacific track, which is delivered on ESSEC’s Singapore campus.
Simon Bernard, Engineering Manager at Voith Group, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2015
“On a personal level, the network I developed is one of the greatest contributions of the program. I know many colleagues I can use as a sounding board. Whatever the situation or the challenge I face at work, I have trusted and resourceful people I can contact for advice.”
When Simon Bernard decided to do an Executive MBA, he was relatively new in a team leader role and he was looking for inputs on how to lead more effectively. His studies gave him the necessary solid theoretical and technical background for a career in the engineering industry. However, his exposure to the business side grew and he felt the EMBA was an excellent complement to his engineering studies. Another of his objectives was to develop a professional network in Germany that goes beyond his own industry. Learning from colleagues with different backgrounds was one of the crucial take-aways for Simon:
“On the personal level, the network I developed is one of the greatest contributions of the program. I know many colleagues I can use as a sounding board. Whatever the situation or the challenge I face at work, I have trusted and resourceful people I can contact for advice.”
With its residencies in Europe, North America and Asia, the program met an important requirement for Simon: an international reach both in terms of participants and reputation. Simon feels that the EMBA equipped him with the skill set to have a more global and broad approach when executing projects or developing technical solutions.
“As an engineer, you sometimes get so caught up in the product, in the project. It sounds trivial, but it was eye opening to take a step back and take time to think: what would I do if it was my company? Is what I’m doing the right thing for my customers? “
Simon also strongly values the focus on leadership in the program. Besides classes, coachings and workshops, he considers his class mates a rich source for improving his leadership skills.
“Other students provide you with feedback on your leadership style, something that you seldom get at work in such a direct, insightful and impactful way. Through this, I became very aware of my strengths and weaknesses.”
Simon currently works for a globally operating engineering company. He leads a department involved in the preparation of technical proposals for projects worldwide.
Beyond the transformational learning experience and ROI, the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA has even more benefits. It connects you to two remarkable global networks of successful business professionals. Both schools have more than 100 years of experience in business education, a combined international faculty recognized globally for academic excellence, corporate contacts to thousands of companies, hundreds of partner universities worldwide and a combined alumni network of more than 75,000 graduates.
For us, #MannheimerForLife is no mere catchphrase. You become a “Mannheimer” and part of our network the moment you join a program, with access to all the benefits this entails, including peer-to-peer advice and hiring, lifelong learning resources, events, job offers, corporate contacts, a digital directory and career development counseling.
The Mannheim Network is run by our school, so it is based on real data and continuity. Since we keep up with our alumni and their careers, we can connect you with the best person for any question you may have. Moreover, you can directly contact our alumni on a regular basis: Each year, nearly 50% of our network members take part in the 100 exclusive events organized by our Alumni Relations and Career Development Office.
The Mannheim Network forms a vital part of your Executive MBA experience and complements the courses and workshops in your program. Learn about the latest business trends and challenges in our Network Clubs and connect with other program participants and alumni. If you are looking for a contact in a specific industry, role or region of the world, you will most certainly find one in our alumni directory. If you want to fill a vacancy, you will find a suitable person among the bright and competent professionals in the Mannheim Network. And if you move to a new city or country, you can connect with your new regional Chapter and obtain useful advice to help you settle in easier.
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