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Redefining Executive Education

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Yul Bahat, IEMBA Alumnus from Israel
"The program exposed me to a wide array of topics I had never before considered. This has helped me to make a personal transition from a professional in my field to a manager with the ability to see a much bigger picture from a business perspective, and to understand organizational choices and motivations which at times had completely baffled me."
Issa Khamis - MBA Alumnus from Jordan

I saw the ISM website and I found out that the school was really everything I was looking for. It’s international, for one thing. It’s also based in Paris, which is an enormous business center. I had already lived in a couple other European countries, and I decided I wanted to know France and learn French. What I like are the seminars. You really learn things you’ll use. Other schools teach this unusable information, but at ISM they constantly remind you to apply theory to practice, to make the leap. International Finance, for example, was a real eye opener for me. Some courses are just too short, and that was one of them. An accredited MBA like ISM’s is a real plus in the job market, and it translates to credibility for the entrepreneur. I haven’t decided on my course after graduation yet, but I’m sure ISM will be a plus whichever path I decide on. The thing is, you really do an MBA to meet people, people from all over, people you want to work with. At ISM I’ve found people whose work I respect, whose values I share, and with whom I may eventually collaborate.

Norma Leahy - MBA Alumnus from Ireland

The MBA is an American qualification, so I thought the best option would be an American school with an international environment. ISM turned out to be a place where I could learn about other cultures and peoples and discover myself in the process. I’m Irish, but it’s funny how a Kenyan friend of mine, who’s also coming from a former British colony, will think about problems and approach in the same way as I do. French students, or students from French West Africa, will approach it differently. I think my MBA has made me more mobile. Although my background is in financial reporting, I wrote my thesis in risk management, and I know I can transfer to that sector without having to start from scratch.

Esteban Velasco - MBA Alumnus from Colombia
When they think about going to business school, most people think of going to America, but I spoke English and wanted to learn a new language, so I looked at Europe, and found ISM.
Adel Benflis - MBA Alumnus from Algeria

What I liked from the very first was the flexibility of the program, and how easy it was to integrate myself with the curriculum and the students. There’s an atmosphere in class, where we’re working in our different groups, that makes me think we are being prepared to work well in the real world. There’s an openness to discuss what interests us, what we feel we need to understand. There is no wall between the professors and the students. On the one hand I know I’ve added to my knowledge of finance, on the other, I look at our little community in class, and I’ve found these different cultures and worlds condensed and brought together.

Paule Ansoleaga - MBA Alumnus from Spain
I was looking for an English-language MBA program when I came across ISM. I read that it was based in Paris and I knew it was perfect, because it would allow me to study close to home and give me the opportunity to learn French as well. What I find is that the school really encourages a sense of belonging. I’m part of a community here of very intelligent, very nice students, who come from all over the world. My classmates have more work experience than I expected they would, quite frankly, they are very willing to learn, and they come from all over the world.
Lucy Mussau - MBA Alumnus from Kenya

What struck me about ISM’s MBA, as opposed to my BBA program, was its emphasis on professional rather than academic thinking. I wanted to know professionals in the field of export/import and get experience there. I enrolled and it was really like a dream—I got the tools I was looking for. Of course I needed to work hard, but the professors awakened in me a thirst for knowledge, they prepared me for work in ways I hadn’t expected. I felt like they refined me and got me ready for the world. The MBA itself made my present job possible, and it’s a real personal accomplishment. I was working and studying at the same time—looking back I don’t know how I did it—but I’m sure that someone who doesn’t need to work could do even better.

Nicole Schaefer - MBA Alumnus from Germany

The composition of the ISM MBA class is fantastic. There are people of all different ages, cultures and professional backgrounds. In my view, this provides a huge chance for everyone to gain insights into other cultures and business experiences. Furthermore, working and discussing with people from different backgrounds improves our communication skills. In addition, I appreciate that everyone fits perfectly into the group and contributes to the positive team spirit.

Vijay Vadali - MBA Alumnus from India

Pursuing an MBA was my dream and I had  been pursuing it since I graduated in 2000. I had been looking for schools that had global representation and fit my budget. ISM with its location, global representation and student- teacher ratio perfectly matched my requirements. I spent a year in Paris experiencing a new culture and country while completing my MBA. After this thoroughly rewarding intensive program, I joined HSBC in London on April 1st, 2008 as a Service Manager on a project that involved working on Physical Transformation of Group Management Office. The project  required liaising with people across levels and countries, interacting with local vendors, finalizing contracts, identifying  creative and cost effective solutions to complex problems. Building relationships, learning new  management styles, negotiating diversity, I quickly adapted to the new environment . Post successful implementation, I decided to move on and applied for few roles within HSBC and was called for interview for an Assistant Vice President in Human Resources position based at Hyderabad. Choosing this role meant that I would move closer to home and family. It was a step to the next level with a new set of challenges and new learning, and all in all, a new beginning. Talking to people, presenting my achievements, demonstrating an understanding of business and an ability to work in a dynamic environment, I  was able to move into this role with effect on March 1st, 2009. Today, I am a little over a month old in this role and I love the challenge it presents. Sometimes, I think that life has taken me full circle...call it destiny or back to basics...

Matthew Lambert - MBA Alumnus from the United States

I decided to invest in earning an MBA to take my career to the next level and chose ISM in Paris. My time at ISM was a great experience and overall the best year of my life so far. As for my career development, I am now working at an international development organization called the Rural Development Institute in Seattle. The job is in line with my career goals and my MBA degree from ISM not only made my resume stand out from the pack, but the knowledge I acquired has better prepared me for handling this challenging position. Now I am working for a world-class, rapidly-growing organization that works with governments of developing countries to give land to the rural poor to improve their economic and social opportunities. ISM also paired me with a mentor, Seth Feldman, who helped counsel me when applying for jobs that would give me the opportunity to combine my background in communications with my interest in global development. I would recommend ISM's MBA program to anyone who wants to work for an international company or organization because ISM's professors, student body, curriculum and setting combine to create a global village within the academic environment.

Ilse Vonk, MBA Alumna & DBA Candidate from the Netherlands

As a business owner you tend to forget about your own development as your time is mostly spend on developing others and the business in general. When I took the decision to invest in myself and do a MBA, ISM immediately appealed to me, despite the large choice of schools out there.

The small and personal community, the very international environment and the high quality professors were deciding factors for me. I have not regretted my decision for a single moment, although the MBA was probably the busiest year of my life. It has developed me in so many ways, increased my selfconfidence and brought me so much more than just knowledge.

In fact, I can't get enough of it, and that's why I will continue at ISM and do a DBA.

Aristide Caraccio - IEMBA Alumnus from Singapore
I started working at 21 in order to acquire a certain experience in business and management to use when it came time to found my own company. Since the very beginning of my career, I have worked alongside American companies, but I wanted to get some experience inside one of them, so I joined WRQ. After four years there, I understood that the American way of conducting business really corresponded with my personal values. I had incredible potential opportunities inside the company, but after discussing the matter with the management, I felt I lacked the educational background to take advantage of them. In addition, before applying to a position based either in the US or in Asia, I wanted to present a 100%-clean application. According to the feedback I received from different sources, the MBA program that ISM offered seemed to be the best way to succeed. In fact, it is considered very solid – maybe because it is an intensive program, requesting a real commitment from students – and quite serious due to its international accreditations. One month after I completed my MBA, I was invited to manage the Asia Pacific region for WRQ. That was in June 2000, and I am still enjoying this fantastic experience.
Jaime Arrospide - IEMBA Alumnus from Peru
ISM offers an incredibly open and flexible curriculum for professionals who don’t have the time to take a sabbatical from their careers. The school makes education available to a certain group of very busy people. Add to that the fact that it’s quite international and you’ll understand why I chose ISM. My experience here has been incredibly positive. The administration is friendly and accommodating; the professors are personable; and the student body is a stimulating group. As a diplomat, I work in the public sector, so a lot of my learning has been gaining insight into the private sector and its striving for efficacy. I think that will serve me as I continue, whether I remain a diplomat for Peru, opt for an international organization like the UN, or make another career change. The learning opens doors.
Ludy Shuverer - IEMBA Alumnus from Panama

I enrolled at ISM because I wanted a broader and more holistic approach to international business. That’s what I found, but I learned a lot more than that: I now understand the difference between a good manager and a great one, and what it takes to really motivate people. The most striking lesson I’ve learned is about organizational change and the power of cross-cultural environments. People are at the center of any process of evolution, so you have to figure out what inspires them. In a classroom with 20 students of 18 different nationalities, you learn how important mindsets are very quickly.

Matt Dean - IEMBA Alumnus from New Zealand
I needed an executive program with a flexible schedule that would allow me to study in Paris. I’d always felt that an MBA would really improve my ability to manage, even though it’s not a degree that ship captains usually get. It’s taught me a great deal about cross-cultural management, about handling people, and about the nuts and bolts of negotiating. My studies will certainly give me the opportunity to move towards administration on land when the time comes. The long-term impact will be the doors it opens. People expect more of MBA graduates.
Chris Brown - IEMBA Alumnus from Malaysia
The IEMBA enabled me to get into upper management. I chose ISM because I could compress the IEMBA, spend time with a wide range of people from diverse cultures and business experiences, and live in Paris (one of the most fantastic cities in the world). The MBA gave me the confidence that I could match anyone and make the cut anywhere—from there I have gone on to global management roles. I was able to spend time with my family since I took a break from work while I did the degree. The greatest insight I gained was an understanding of how different people can treat and react differently to the same set of facts. 
Mahdea Belleka - IEMBA Alumnus from Liberia

My first priority was to study an American curriculum for my MBA. Secondly I wanted to study in France. I’ve always considered France to be such a melting pot, and Paris such an international center. So I was flipping through the Economist and I saw ISM’s ad. I go to their website and I find they have so many different student profiles! That’s really what convinced me: the international mix of the student body. I have to say I was surprised at my first seminar, because the maturity and the experience of the students really surpassed my expectations. Grad school is simply a different kind of education. Coming back to school is like a rebirth; e-learning just wouldn’t have worked for me. And the professors are very diligent in terms of their grading and comments. Going over my own work, I see they were right. The school itself does everything to make your education go smoothly. The payment plans are flexible and the staff is accommodating. I see teamwork being reinforced in the classroom, and that’s a great lesson for the workplace: that several people together can support each other to accomplish something greater than any one could do alone. We are constantly building on team efforts here. Now I am a quick learner. I hate tedium, I hate classes that drag along. The ISM curriculum is flexible enough that you can choose the subjects that interest you and open yourself up to new disciplines. You perceive new levels of thought. In the crisis management seminar, for example, I went through the exercises thinking about a crisis my organization had recently, and if I had known then what I know now, I could have really helped them through that. I can already see the impact of the seminars.

Serge Ardahalian - IEMBA Alumnus from Lebanon
I wanted to deepen my knowledge of International Marketing and obtain an MBA diploma in a friendly, student-centered atmosphere. ISM offered me all this and more. My fellow students from all parts of the world exchange ideas, opinions, and beliefs while maintaining their focus on business and entrepreneurship. At the same time, teachers and ISM staff are engaged in enhancing students' education and the International Marketing program.
Philippe Jaillette - IEMBA Alumnus from France
After 2 years with HELLA, I was nominated as Vice President Electronics - France.   The Automotive industry, in which HELLA operates, has recently been shaken by a major and global crisis. During this critical period for my company, I could draw on the skills I learned during my IEMBA studies with ISM. The lessons provided me the perfect support to guide me in making the right decisions as Managing Director of HELLA France, Original Equipment.
Rubens Texeira - IEMBA Alumnus from Brazil

I have been working in the non-profit sector for the last 26 years. I took the ISM IEMBA program from 2005 to 2006 and finished my thesis and graduated in 2007. It was a very good experience and it was important to attend courses in person in Paris as well as New York. I also experienced one on-line course.

One of the highlights of the program was the opportunity to interact with other high-level professionals coming from various parts of the world and working in various industries. I would recommend ISM for anyone looking to improve organizational knowledge and to make new international connections.

Marion Endter - IEMBA Alumnus from Germany

At ISM, the aspect I appreciate the most is the diversity of the program: students coming from different cultures, countries and educational backgrounds. What is more, the choice of candidates is excellent. Even if it seems that we are all so different at first sight, we have something in common: the willingness and the curiosity to learn and the academic mind-set to create an even more interesting, and more successful existence by widening our horizons. The ISM professors are trained to meet our (very high) expectations. They all have significant industry experience and demonstrate how theoretical knowledge can be transformed into practice.ISM strives to continuously improve their programs, websites, intranet tools and academic resources in order to adapt to an ever changing environment, to meet the highest standards and to offer the best service to their students. Never in my life have I gained, by academic guidance, so much useful information about how to deal with everyday professional challenges, even in fields I thought I never would understand, like financial analysis! (I work in human resources). This approach of finding the right balance between theoretical knowledge and experience in business makes ISM so unique that upon completing their IEMBA program, I applied and have been accepted to participate in the Ph.D program.

Manuele Valsecchi - IEMBA Alumnus from Italy

An International Executive MBA is indispensable to me as I have a degree in International Politics and, despite having gained 10 years of important work experience in Italy and abroad, in both non-profit and profit multinationals, I feel there are significant economic and managerial skills that will allow me to navigate more complex and global organisational structures, and comprehend the rules and management systems which govern them.Additionally, in order to make a significant leap in my professional career, I am aware that I will need to strengthen my practical know-how.To address the above, I chose the International School of Management. It offers me the possibility of following a distance learning training course which is calibrated to my working needs, held in English, with an American style curriculum. It also allows the possibility of residencies in New York, Tokyo and Shanghai that provide insight into different local business environments, and access to local business professionals. The in-class sessions across all locations allow for the development of a strong multicultural network. All of the above, fundamental elements when one is keen to play an active role in today’s global world.

Russell Zwanka - DBA Alumnus from the United States

I chose the ISM DBA program because of its enrollment standards, flexible program, and the intense focus on international business. Not only could the curriculum fit my schedule, but attending class with other classmates from around the world helped form relationships that will last long after the program. The international and varied perspectives presented in class made for a well-rounded and enriching learning environment. In most things in life, you get out of them what you put in. At ISM, I feel like I got even more than I expected. My operating scope and global awareness increased a hundred-fold through this program. I would highly recommend this program to any of my associates or friends.

Richard Belloff - DBA alumnus from the United States
I enrolled in ISM's DBA program with the explicit intention of teaching full-time at the university level. I was both pleased and impressed with the academic rigor of the program. This experience included work with both New York and Paris based faculty. Importantly, I found the faculty and staff universally supportive of my goal to join the academic community. Much credit must go to Dean Horn, who provided guidance along the way, and a helpful reference as I sought faculty positions. In addition, he was charged with reading my Dissertation, not a small feat by any means. I recommend the ISM DBA program without reservation. It is a challenging program and appropriately so. In the end, the outcome clearly justified the effort.
Dave Baspaly - DBA Alumnus from Canada
I have been a student of the International School of Management for approximately 5 years and have recently graduated from the DBA program. The school’s teaching methods are excellent and my instructors were knowledgeable, encouraging and patient. The unique program philosophy has allowed me to learn and make progress towards my personal and professional goals. The administration of the school is professional and the teaching method follows an organized progressive structure that is both innovative and challenging. The caliber of the students is outstanding and the university provides multiple opportunities to support collegial learning and professional networking. It has been an amazing experience and I would highly recommend the university, the faculty and the experience.
Akram Tarabichi, DBA Alumnus from Syria

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to study at ISM and continue my postgraduate studies. My DBA program gave me the chance to be one of those successful candidates and establish a good friendship with many students.

ISM is the best school to offer an intensive international program that helped me gained valuable field experience with the right combination of theory.

Because of the flexibility of the program, ISM students take the advantage to continue study without abandon their work. From my own experience I do encourage the candidates who are looking forward to continuing their education to study at ISM.

Dr.Emad Eddien Hussein - PhD Alumnus from Egypt

I found the participants, at the ISM NY Program at St. John's University, an inspirational network of future leaders and self-investors.The professors and students, gathered under one roof for several weeks, provided a world class learning environment. The entire time spent in NY was - in the words of Shakespeare - "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Jennifer Fox - PhD Alumnus from Australia

I thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Corporate Strategy seminar. Professor Weber was truly inspiring and he made this seminar interesting and motivating. His style of teaching brought out the best in the students, and the classroom format was an excellent mix of lectures, discussion, case studies and student presentations. The materials covered in the course were highly relevant to the work I do and addressed many of today's complex business issues and strategy decisions executives have to make. I also found the pre-reading materials and cases most helpful in preparation for the seminar.