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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Interested in Attending Business School in Switzerland? 3 Reasons Why Lausanne Is an Ideal Place to Study

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The city of Lausanne is popular with international students and young professionals alike. This multicultural city offers students endless opportunities to explore Switzerland and Europe, to network with other international students and professionals, and kickstart their career in a thriving business hub.

Business School Lausanne (BSL) is conveniently located near the center of the city, meaning that prospective students and alumni can benefit from all of the above. Read on to find out some of the reasons why Lausanne is a dream city for business students. 

Lausanne Is One of the Most Multicultural Cities in Switzerland

As the 4th largest city in Switzerland, Lausanne has a population of 130,000, with people coming from all over the world to live, work, and study in the city. This means that students earning a business administration degree, Master in International Business, MBA, or other business program in Lausanne will have plenty of opportunities to network with students from all over the world. BSL is also a stone’s throw away from both the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) campuses, housing some 25’000 students from over 120 countries.

At BSL, our students come from over 60 different countries. Combined with our small class sizes, which allow students to truly connect with their peers and teachers, BSL’s international environment allows you to gain a truly global network. Growing an international network of peers comes with many advantages. Students have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and discover different perspectives, helping them tap into new opportunities and innovative solutions.

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Students in Lausanne will be part of an international business community

Explore What Europe Has to Offer

Outside of work and academia, Lausanne is a great base for students who want to see more of Europe while they study. In the current environment with COVID-19, we know that there are plenty of restrictions at this time, however Switzerland is planning a phase 3 opening on the 8th of June, opening its borders to neighboring countries.      

Switzerland is perfectly located in the heart of Europe, bordered by Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and Liechtenstein, meaning that you don’t have to travel far to see some of Europe’s top destinations. As a student at BSL, you could take a weekend cultural trip to some of Europe’s major cities such as Paris, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam or London or simply take advantage of beaches along the Mediterranean coast line. A romantic Italian getaway, an Oktoberfest celebration in Germany—your choices are endless!

This means that students at Business School Lausanne will have plenty of opportunities to broaden their horizons, learn more about European culture and take advantage of learning a new language.

Professional Opportunities After an Undergraduate or Graduate Business Degree

One of the many other advantages to studying in Lausanne is the access to career opportunities. The Lausanne region is a thriving business hub renowned across Europe for its commercial opportunities, hosting a multitude of multinational business headquarters. Major Swiss cities such as Geneva and Bern are less than an hour away, meaning students are ideally placed to access opportunities across Switzerland.

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Students will be able to access internships and opportunities across Switzerland


BSL is committed to helping students succeed within a career that is right for them, and offers a wide range of career support, including customized career mentoring sessions on self-branding and networking. As well as this, BSL students have access to the online BSL Career Center which helps to connect students with employers. The site advertises relevant internship, job, and volunteer positions in addition to networking events. Whatever your career aspirations, BSL is there to help you succeed.

Do you want to find out more about studying for an undergraduate or post-graduate business degree in Lausanne?

Contact Business School Lausanne today!