With students back on campus and international modules now in full swing, the WHU Part-Time MBA Program was delighted to continue the usual schedule with a visit to Columbia Business School, New York, at the beginning of June 2022. Not only does the experience offer students the chance to participate in lectures led by renowned Columbia professors, but also an opportunity to network with other MBA cohorts and peers.
“Being abroad and discovering new places with a group of like-minded people is the ideal environment for self-development,” says Part-Time MBA student Henri Deda. “I chose to study at WHU for many reasons, but one of those was the strong emphasis on leadership. This module has allowed us to embark on a journey of self-discovery and share it with fellow students. I learn so much about, with, and from them daily.”
The week at Columbia started with a celebratory champagne brunch cruise followed by a campus tour and group photo, easing the students into what was an intense learning experience. The rest of the week was packed full of insightful lectures on leadership and strategy, such as “Negotiations & Persuasion” from Bob Bontempo, “Values-Based Leadership” from Paul Ingram, and “Corporate Entrepreneurship in an Era of Transient Advantage” by Rita McGrath.
“The first few days were very mentally stimulating and given me some food for thought,” says Henri. If anything, it has crystallized my vision of how I would like to pursue my goals. In the coming weeks, I will no doubt pull the levers I have been shown. It’s a truly transformative program.”