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This last year doing the MBA at ISM was one of the best and greatest experiences for me. It exceeded all my expectations on a professional and personal level. The professors, students and staff were like a family to us. Today I look back in retrospect and appreciate the value added to my life from this enriching experience. I would definitely recommend studying in this excellent business school.
When I first started my MBA program at ISM, I was surprised by the amount of support I received from ISM staff. Literally, they had done whatever they could to provide a calm and professional environment for their students. During my MBA studies I had a real international experience in terms of both culture and profession and that was one of the main motives for me to continue my studies at ISM as PhD student.
During seminars, I have had the opportunity to work with talented professionals from different parts of the world and with the culture of sharing your own personal experiences and knowledge at ISM, the output is always full of learning.
When I look back to my years at ISM, I am happy to see myself empowered with knowledge, new experiences and skills which has answered a lot of issues I confronted at my work in the past and prepared me for professional challenges in the future.
The other important factor at ISM is its flexibility. PhD students are free to choose topics and seminars related to their interests at the well-located campuses.
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.
I selected the IEMBA program predominantly because of the flexibility it allows me in continuing to work while attending school, as well as the diversity in the course offerings which aligns well with past and present professional responsibilities. As an American, who has lived and worked overseas for the past 15 years, I have learned how important it is to effectively engage, personally as well as professionally, with all cultures, so the fact that ISM is based in Paris, France with reciprocal facilities in Asia and the United States was definitely an added bonus. I have enjoyed meeting and studying with my fellow IEMBA students, and I have learned almost as much from them as I have from the seminars themselves. The opportunity to apply what I have learned since college in graduate level environment, and applying what I learn at ISM in my current work environment makes the overall ISM experience very rewarding.
I found the Change Management seminar with Prof. Smits excellent. I recently attended a change management program at Erasmus University and was therefore able to compare the two programs. The Erasmus program was very focused on a specific change methodology, where I felt the ISM program focused on the broader dynamic of change. I found some of the opposing thinking that Prof. Smits introduced to be very valuable and helpful in explaining a business change that I am personally experiencing.Regarding the ISM program, I have found the level of teaching to be very professional. The learning through class discussion, exploring the respective experiences, adds tremendous value to the overall experience.
The PHD program at ISM is highly distinguished. In general, course structure, subject matter, and materials of the DBA courses are very contemporary and cover critical issues. More specifically, the finance courses that I completed whether in Paris or on-line were both interesting and challenging. the assignments, mainly of on-line courses, were designed in such a way that forced me to read the whole accompanying material, providing me with a wealth of knowledge. I consider ISM as a leading institution in part-time, in-class, and virtual PHD learning. I expect that during the coming decade, top and well known universities will follow the ISM model.
I have tremendously enjoyed my academic experience at ISM and can truly recommend it to all those hard working business minded individuals who have the drive for success and achievements.
The ISM allowed me to conduct research at Governmental level namely in the fields of OPCW and CSDP that might not be available in other academic institutions and for these, I am truly grateful.
During my seminars both in Paris and at St. John's University in New York, I have met many likeminded individuals from whom I have gained extremely useful ideas and information. This coped with the ISM instructors' approachability and attention to specific details made a whole lot of a difference to my personal, business and academic development. I have no doubt that the ISM Institution helps students to progress, and at the same time, it gives them a solid ground to pioneer in their future endeavors.
The first thing that impressed me about ISM was the prompt and professional responses from the staff and administration. I work in academia as a program director and yet it was a daunting prospect for me personally to think about the process for making application, interviewing and starting courses in a PhD program. I had explored a number of options over several years before choosing ISM. I was given the option to contact some of the current ISM students and having the opportunity to hear their opinions about the program provided the assurance that I was on the right track.
My priorities are quality and flexibility from a program and the added option to interact with classmates from around the world was very appealing. ISM offers all of those aspects in top fashion. The experiences I have had while attending seminars held in New York, Paris, and Tokyo have changed my life in extraordinary ways. The professors and students come from diverse backgrounds providing a rich mix of cultures and perspectives to enhance the curriculum. I truly appreciate the time and effort that everyone invests in their interactions to make the seminars worthwhile.
It is crucial to find a program that meets one's personal and professional goals and ISM has been the perfect fit for my needs. ISM is an excellent option for advanced education in international business.
"As the Chief Executive Officer of my business, it is not possible for me to abandon my work and do a full-time PhD course. ISM offered me a perfect match in terms of flexibility. In addition to flexibility, the quality aspect of the course is remarkable. The contents covered were very helpful for my application in the business world. The professors knows the topic both in terms of the theory as well as the practice. In some difficult subjects, they demonstrated sufficient level of empathy and guided me through the challenges. When I was doing my subject on Case Study Development and Application, Professor Len Rogers spent a lot of time helping me through with some very important concepts, which I had taken for granted in the past.
At a personal level, the ISM course had significantly raised my level of confidence in approaching any matters at work or in life. One good example is the subject on Teaching and the Brain. It helped me understand how the brain anatomy works, how it can help me in my work, my personal life, and in future if I do teach others.
I am really happy to share with others that this is a wonderful course I had experienced."