3 Benefits to Small Class Sizes When Completing an Executive MBA

An Executive MBA is perfect for experienced managerial professionals who want to take their careers to the next level. You will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skillset, make new connections, and gain a global perspective. This could enable you to advance in your professional journey to the executive level, pursue an exciting career change or launch or grow a new business . 

As a student at BSL, you will join a network of hardworking professionals from different industries around the world. BSL is a small and close-knit campus, with approximately 250 students and no more than 20 per class. Each year students form close bonds with peers and professors, which they continue to nurture as alumni. 

Read on to find out some of the many benefits to small class sizes at BSL. 

Small Class Sizes Will Give You More Opportunity to Connect With Classmates 

If you’ve ever attended a lecture with more than 100 students, you will know that more people doesn’t necessarily mean more interaction. In fact, it often means the opposite. The small class sizes at BSL mean that executive MBA students will be able to get to know their cohort individually, thus expanding their networks and gaining access to different perspectives. 

Your classmates at BSL could go on to become your business partners, clients, or even the link to your next career. And the networking doesn’t end when you leave the classroom. BSL organizes various networking events for current students and alumni to connect with other professionals. 

Receive Individualized Attention from Experienced Professors from our Business School in Switzerland 

The professors and faculty at BSL are carefully selected, and each is an expert in their field with extensive professional experience. Small class sizes of 20 or fewer students mean that you will have more opportunity to learn, share experiences and your opinion. The professor will not have to divide their attention between a large number of students, and will have the time to engage with you and your learning. 

This is particularly valuable at the EMBA degree level, as you will have the opportunity to ask in-depth questions relating to your professional experiences and career trajectory.  

Small class sizes could mean more individual attention from experienced professors

Network With Students From Around the World in Small Classes

Classes at BSL are small but offer a global perspective, and the current MBA and EMBA classes welcome students from across Europe, China, North America, the Middle East, and beyond! In fact, the student body at BSL is made up of 85% international students from more than 60 different nationalities. 

The small but diverse working environment means that students will quickly develop strong cross-cultural communication skills. As well as this, they will be able to build an international network with professionals from a range of different countries with their own unique business cultures. 

This is a strong advantage in today’s globalized world. Employers are increasingly looking for employees who have a proven ability to think and work cross-culturally. According to leading research, employers feel that employees with strong intercultural skills are able to “bring in new clients, work within diverse teams and support a good brand and reputation.” This goes to show that learning within small classes at BSL has the power to enhance your career. 

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Dual-mode Teaching: Here to Stay in our New Normal – An Interview with David Claivaz, Acting Dean of BSL

The outbreak of the coronavirus had a huge impact on universities around the world. Lectures, seminars, and workshops moved online, and the classroom was replaced with video call. A number of international students returned to their home countries to be with their families and loved ones throughout the pandemic. 

At Business School Lausanne (BSL), faculty members have reopened their doors to students and are prepared with a number of health and safety measures in place. BSL has introduced ‘dual-mode teaching’ to cater to both students who are able to attend classes in person, as well as those who will continue to study from home. 

We spoke with David Claivaz, Acting Dean at BSL, about the future of dual-mode teaching and what this means for students. 

What Is Dual-mode Teaching? 

Dual-mode teaching is relatively new at BSL. It means that there will be students physically in attendance in the classroom and students dialed in virtually online. “Dual-mode teaching merges two different things,” explains David, “It merges classroom teaching and distance learning at the same time.”

Essentially, “It’s the gathering of students in a classroom with students online at the same time under the leadership of a professor who is present in the classroom.”

Dual-mode teaching means that students can attend class in person as well as virtually

This unique teaching method was primarily introduced in response to the pandemic. “The idea is that we have specific needs at the moment that we have to care for,” says David, adding that, “Switzerland is reopening so we have students who aren’t in Switzerland who can’t come to the classroom and we have students who are still in their home countries.”

Dual-mode Teaching Helps BSL Maintain its Close-Knit Community 

While dual-mode teaching was introduced in response to COVID-19, there are a number of other advantages to this teaching method for students at our business school in Switzerland. BSL strives to offer students a close-knit family feel, with small class sizes and plenty of networking opportunities. Dual-mode teaching can help to recreate this environment, even when half the student body is off-campus. 

“We don’t want the community to be separated by distance,” says David, “We want to keep the community together because that’s a very important dimension at BSL. It’s a school of proximity. People know each other, they work together, they launch products together.” 

Will Dual-mode Teaching Become a Permanent at BSL?

Another advantage to dual-mode teaching is the flexibility that it offers students—especially for those earning a master of business administration who may have work commitments. This is one of the many reasons dual-mode teaching could well become a permanent fixture. 

Speaking about the future of dual-mode teaching at BSL, David explains that, “It’s there really to accommodate the students at present but also we want to keep this feature in the long run. At MBA level for instance people at BSL are executives they have their own jobs and sometimes for job reasons they cannot make it to class. So we want to give students this flexibility on a regular basis in the long run as something to really help.”

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How an MIB Program at BSL Complements Specialized Bachelor Degrees like Hospitality: An Interview with Head of Careers and Industry Relations, Daniele Ticli

Every year, the Master in International Business (MIB) program at Business School Lausanne welcomes students from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds. Students have come from engineering, finance, hospitality, medicine and a range of other non-business sectors.

Daniele Ticli is the Head of Careers and Industry Relations at BSL. He previously worked at the hospitality school Glion, and now helps students at BSL to increase their employability and find the right career path. In an interview, Daniele explains that non-business related degrees like hospitality can actually complement an MIB program perfectly. Read on to find out more. 

Customer Service Skills Can Help You in the Business World 

Students with experience and training in sectors like hospitality already have a solid understanding of business, especially when it comes to understanding and engaging with customers as well as promoting products and services. Daniele explains that hospitality graduates in Switzerland will already have developed a valuable professional experience with a couple of internships. “These students, most of the time, have one year of work experience in hotels, or in events, or in hospitality-related sectors.” he says.

“They realize that work is about interacting with others, it’s about negotiating, it’s about giving a top experience to their stakeholders,” he continues. “And that’s why I think it’s very interesting to do a Master in International Business after a hospitality degree, because the students have excellent skills in customer service and relationship building, skills that are among the most-wanted across industries nowadays. They know what it means to be a customer, and they know how to connect with the needs and the wants of the customers. This is something that is obviously key for the hospitality industry.”

Students with hospitality training and experience will have excellent customer service skills

According to Daniele, the combination of excellent customer service and business training represent a strong combination and can help students to become very successful. “When someone with a Bachelor in Hospitality Management goes for a Master degree in International Business, they combine the business acumen developed during the Master with a customer-centered approach,” he says. “That is very good, and you can see that already during the application process for internships and jobs.”

An MIB Degree Can Open Up New Opportunities 

One of the advantages of an MIB degree is that it opens up a wide range of new opportunities. Daniele explains that many students with specialized degrees like hospitality normally look at expanding the number of career options beyond hospitality after their bachelor, as they may want to pursue a career in sectors like Finance, HR, IT or entrepreneurship, to mention a few. The Master program can enable them to make this career change. 

“The Master program really gives you a great flavor of international business with a project-based learning approach,” he says. “It’s across disciplines, it’s across soft skills and hard skills, so the MIB gives you the chance to study marketing, finance, leadership, ethics, project management and so on, while also giving the opportunity to choose an integrated internship that can be done in any industry, anywhere.”

Advance Faster in Your Future Career with an MIB Degree

A Master degree can definitely help students to enhance their careers and strengthen their profile when applying to new jobs, creating a solid foundation for their future.” Daniele says that students will be more qualified and more experienced, considered they will have the last semester of their program to apply what they learn in an internship or entry-level job, where they will be supported by a BSL supervisor.

Are you interested in a graduate business degree?

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