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Antoine Rech

Antoine Rech is the Administrative Director of the Luxembourg branch of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, USA. He directs and oversees the functions of the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg and performs administrative and programmatic functions including technology, human resources, and public relations. Antoine oversees admission activities for all Luxembourg academic departments in close collaboration with program faculty and staff, reviews and evaluates candidates for admission and counsels prospective students. Antoine is responsible for strategic planning, policymaking, and maintaining organizational effectiveness; he oversees the management of office staff and outside consultants. Prior to serving as Administrative Director, Antoine Rech was the Project Manager at Technicolor Luxembourg, part of the THOMSON Group. In this role, he managed clients representing 5 million euros of annual revenue and supervised orders and special projects handling for Microsoft and Disney. From 1999 to 2001, Antoine worked in New York for Bloomingdale’s and a wine import company located in SoHo where he developed and maintained an effective marketing communication strategy. Antoine received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ecole Française des Attachés de Presse (EFAP) in Lille, France, his Master of Arts degree from the Marymount Manhattan College in New York, USA, his Master’s degree in International Business from ICN in Nancy, France and his MBA from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Agefi Infrachain SHULU February 2021

SHULU & Infrachain in Agefi February 2021

Agefi Luxembourg has just published an article about the partnership between Infrachain and SHULU.

Two key players in the Luxembourg business environment join forces to advance the competitive standard for Blockchain in Luxembourg.

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg (SHULU) and Infrachain will pioneer a new partnership in Blockchain education in Luxembourg this spring. The agreement will inform the development of
SHULU’s “Blockchain, Big Data and Cryptocurrencies” course, consisting of 12 evening sessions, which will begin in May.

The university’s Blockchain classes will provide Luxembourg’s business students with a hands-on introduction to Blockchain, distributed ledger and cryptocurrencies. Infrachain, a non-profit organization on Blockchain, will forward toward its goal to develop Blockchain in Luxembourg by promoting the course with its members and assisting with the recruitment of industry experts to serve as trainers and speakers in the program, together with the SHULU Professors.

“We are excited to support the development of Blockchain education in Luxembourg through this partnership. We aim to develop this further with our partners within the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab” said Fabrice Croiseaux, chairman of Infrachain. The aim of the venture is to ensure an international competitive standard for the industry’s actors within Luxembourg.

“SHULU is proud to continue developing its partnerships with local stakeholders to develop education and bridging it to the much-needed industries.” said Antoine Rech, Head of Campus.

Follow this link to find all informations about our Blockchain Course.

Capstone Corporate Awards SHU

CHAMP Cargosystems partnering with Sacred Heart University to guide the next generation of visionaries

Welcoming new entries into the world of information, data technologies, and logistics is as important as adopting new technologies. In 2019, CHAMP Cargosystems established a partnership with Sacred Heart University (SHU) Luxembourg. This was in support of CHAMP’s Corporate Social Responsibility objective for education – as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal on quality education. The Capstone Project that was launched provided an opportunity to five MBA students in the role of dedicated consultants to work in close collaboration with CHAMP. This resulted in a 3-months long project during which the team leveraged the Internet of Thing (IoT) technology to enable future door-to-door tracking services for the air cargo industry.

UN Goal 4: Quality Education

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals cover a wide spectrum of topics, including health, energy, and poverty. Most notably, education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty. Over the past decade, major progress was made towards increasing access to education and school enrollment rates at all levels. Considering this, CHAMP is glad to support young talents to support education, as well as to establish partnerships with educational institutions for work on shared goals such as Economic Development, Training, and more.

Innovation Projects

The starting focus point of our partnership with SHU was around in-flight horse monitoring. As many of you may have seen – in 2019 we launch a project developed in partnership with Arioneo, which provides the sensor for monitoring vital signs in-flight. The study is run in association with the Animal Transportation Association, who in parallel, runs a year-long scientific study on the impact of the transportation on horses’ health with the University of Bari (Italy). As the future product takes shape, it was a great opportunity to get students involved in a real business plan development supporting education beyond the commercial product.

“Partnering with SHU and getting a group of MBA students to participate in the exploratory phase of the project proved to be an excellent external source of a second opinion to challenge our business assumptions”

Why this project?

This is not only about nurturing talent, and attracting newcomers to the industry – but also, about generating fresh ideas from an innovation standpoint. We look forward to continuing the
partnership with SHU. CHAMP is always open to explore similar partnerships with schools near our headquarters in Luxembourg, as well as our offices in London, Singapore, Manilla, Frankfurt, Zurich, or Atlanta.

The project is ongoing and will conclude in January 2021, at which time the students will present their findings. The students will get the added benefit of real-world analysis of their conclusions, and CHAMP will be able to nurture and further develop the ideas to market. CHAMP looks forward to their presentations and hopes to foster similar educational projects in future.

Sacred Heart University Infrachain

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg and Infrachain Announce Partnership to Promote Blockchain Education

Two key players in the Luxembourg business environment join forces to advance the competitive standard for Blockchain in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg, 19 January 2021 – Sacred Heart University Luxembourg (SHULU) and Infrachain will pioneer a new partnership in Blockchain education in Luxembourg this spring. The agreement will inform the development of SHULU’s “Blockchain, Big Data and Cryptocurrencies” course, consisting of 12 evening sessions, which will begin in May. The university’s Blockchain classes will provide Luxembourg’s business students with a hands-on introduction to Blockchain, distributed ledger and crypto-currencies.

Infrachain, a non-profit organization on Blockchain, will forward toward its goal to develop Blockchain in Luxembourg by promoting the course with its members and assisting with the recruitment of industry experts to serve as trainers and speakers in the program, together with the SHULU Professors. “We are excited to support the development of Blockchain education in Luxembourg through this partnership. We aim to develop this further with our partners within the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab” said Fabrice Croiseaux, chairman of Infrachain.

The aim of the venture is to ensure an international competitive standard for the industry’s actors within Luxembourg. “SHULU is proud to continue developing its partnerships with local stakeholders to develop education and bridging it to the much-needed industries.” said Antoine Rech, Head of Campus.

Sacred Heart University Infrachain

About Infrachain

Infrachain a.s.b.l. (association sans but lucratif) is a Luxembourg based non-profit organization with a European scope. The association was launched in May 2017 by several industry players under the impulse and with the support of Digital Luxembourg, the Luxembourg government’s collaborative initiative that strengthens and guides the country’s digital efforts. Infrachain is committed to create an on-top governance framework allowing Blockchain applications to become operational in the current regulatory environment.

Celil Ishik

PE Certificate: Let’s hear about Certified Student Celil Ishik experience

Moving to Luxembourg, after completing my MBA in the US, I was keen to deepen my knowledge of private equity industry to complement my education but also curious to make myself familiar with this thriving and pulsating cosmopolis. By a chance encounter, I found myself in the classroom of ‘Private Equity and Other Alternative Assets’ from Prof. Hoellermann and Prof. Fischer at Sacred Heart University. This course is a grand fusion of the academic and the practical; enriched with guest lecturers for each class, shedding light on each actor and each stage of the whole investment cycle.

Later, to brush up the fundamentals, I also took the ‘Corporate Finance’ course from Prof. Horvath. My expectation was to discount lots of free cash flow and in the meantime to practice my modeling skills. What I wasn’t expecting was to find myself in the cockpit seat; the classroom was literally run as a corporate finance department, and we were making real-time decisions with absolute freedom to argue in favor or against a certain decision and to stick with it, even to the end of the case study. His patience for students coming up with preposterous arguments is legendary (and hard to imitate); but on a second thought there is no other effective method to teach.

My third course in this journey was ‘Advanced Risk Management’ by Prof. Ertz and Prof. Stamirowski. Dreading the CFA Level II exam in May this year, I thought this course also might come handy as an ersatz preparation. I have to confess I hated my ‘Fixed Income’ course during MBA, and it wasn’t the fault of my teacher, very embodiment of a gentleman Mr. Eric Rosenfeld. And paradoxically I loved the ARM course, although they basically cover the same topics (give or take). For the first time, I have experienced the adage that finance is actually music with numbers. Variance, standard deviation, kurtosis, skewness, duration, convexity, the alpha, the beta, the delta, the vega, the theta and the rho; they were all different notes at different pitches, making up the symphony, if only we could hear it.

After one year of signing up for the Private Equity certificate, I can say that this was one of the best investments I have made. The staff are always kind and helpful, other professors are also dedicated, knowledgeable and distinguished with their academic background and first-hand experience in finance.

To my peers and fellow finance enthusiasts, I can only recommend it, this is the right place to start!

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Pratiksha

7 reasons why you should do an MBA

Article written by Pratiksha Misra.

We are happy to welcome our new Admission Manager, Pratiksha Misra, who gives us the 7 best reasons why doing an MBA.

1) You want to have the best job?

An MBA is a glossy label that signals forthcoming managers that you have taken the necessary steps. It discloses to them that you have that ‘much required’ cross-practical information or that you bring an assorted point of view that you created from drawing in with your MBA peers. In certain ventures like Consulting, you need an MBA to move higher up the company pecking order.

2) An MBA can turn a Mechanical Engineer to a Marketing Manager.

Think about this circumstance: you have been in the IT business for as far back as five years, however you understood that your actual calling is promoting. You choose to enlist for end of the week courses or accept up entry level position open doors to pick up some advertising expertise.

Even after this, you see that each employment you are qualified for is just a passage level work. Which likewise implies that you will accept a huge decrease in salary to switch over to promoting from IT. What’s more, nobody needs to do that. What other alternative do you have, at that point?

The truth is out. Simply get an MBA in Marketing!

How would we realize that an MBA will help you move professions? On the off chance that you glance through the situation reports of significant B-schools far and wide, you will locate that numerous understudies switch over to another vocation just after graduating. Their compensation bundles are altogether high too.

It demonstrates that an MBA is an incredible method to switch over into an alternate vocation.

3) MBA provides you with Expertise.

You realize what occurs at a buffet right? Truly, we mean the smorgasbord you get in eateries. Getting an MBA through GMAT at a top B-school resembles having a buffet. You take a tad of everything at the outset. In any case, you just take second helpings of the stuff you like, isn’t that so?
Essentially, when you start your MBA program, you will concentrate a bit of all you require to know to have a profession in administration. However, progressively, you will be permitted to pick and concentrate exactly what you need, similar to the second helpings that you take at a buffet. These will permit you to investigate the subjects you like in more detail after you get an essential comprehension of every one of your alternatives to start with.

4) MBA lets you take control of your career.
What is so unique about doing an MBA?

An MBA gives you the certainty to be someone who matters in your expert life. What’s more, how would you get this certainty?

A presumed B-school program gives you the chance and makes you think toward the path you need to. You may have had numerous objectives prior to joining a MBA. Yet, you may understand your actual calling just once you join the course. What’s more, this is self-awareness.

The whole homeroom experience, connection with employees and friends, understudy exercises, contextual analyses, all these may fundamentally change your viewpoint, both actually and expertly. Numerous MBA understudies find a renewed individual in themselves once they move on from business college.

The incongruity of life is that when you are an understudy, you have no duties. In any case, you did not have the correct viewpoint. When you begin working, progressively, you realize what your identity is, the thing that your latent capacity is, however at this stage, you are so troubled with obligations that you don’t find the opportunity to follow your enthusiasm.

5) You would want to increase your net worth by increasing your network.
It is not WHAT you know, but WHO you know.

A good B- school gives you an opportunity to expand your network. Your network can help you launch, grow and expand your business ventures. It is a pool of brilliant minds; it is now up to you how you want to pursue your connection forward.

6) You want to move out and build a career.

Choosing a right MBA course can help you understand the market properly. It provides you exposure to the global perspective.
Along with an MBA course, internships provide you with relevant experience. This is your firsthand experience of the kind of work you are looking to do.

7) An MBA helps you stay ahead of your competitors.
If you have questions hovering above your head:
a) How to stand apart from other applicants?
b) How will you get your salary?
c) How will you acquire the right skills necessary for the market?
Then this is your answer: Choose the right MBA for yourself and enhance your personality. Provide an edge to your profile and stand out of the crowd.

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Sacred Heart University SHU USA MBA

SHU’s MBA Program Named One of the Best in The Princeton Review

Fairfield’s Hamlet Hub website just reported that Sacred Heart University’s Master of Business Administration has been named among the best by the Princeton Review. Please find below a summary of this article:

Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology (WCBT) has yet again earned a place among the nation’s outstanding business schools for a master’s degree in business administration, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles SHU in its recently reported list, “Best Business Schools 2021: On-Campus MBA Programs.”

The Princeton Review compiled its list of the 244 top business schools using institutional and student survey data. The profiles also have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on data from its administrator and/or student surveys. Rating categories encompass academic experience, admissions selectivity, career and professors who are interesting and accessible.

“We are delighted that The Princeton Review continues to recognize the value of our MBA program,” said Martha J. Crawford, dean of the WCBT. “Our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring students receive a meaningful and relevant business education. Our MBA program prepares students to thrive in a business world that is being transformed by digital innovation. Our program is unique for its emphasis on experiential learning and technology literacy. It also helps students develop an international perspective, through digital integration of our Fairfield and Luxembourg campuses.”

The WBCT is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and its faculty are recognized scholars and experienced practitioners in the business world. Under their guidance, students complete required coursework and a capstone project, working with their peers to help local businesses develop a product or service. Students hone their management skills, apply the business concepts they’ve learned and make presentations to business professionals, nonprofit executives and faculty on the new product or service they developed. Students gain first-hand experiences and a glimpse of what business success entails.

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