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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.
BU 699 Knowledge Management: Aug 1 - Aug 13, 2016

US Professor Coming to Lux: Aug 1 – Aug 13, 2016

Michael Zhang, DBA
Knowledge Management
Summer 2016 3 CH Elective

Dates: August 1 – August 13 (for in-class portion of course)

  • 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights (Aug 1 – Aug 5)
  • 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights (Aug 8 – Aug 12)
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday, August 13

Written project assignments due up to one month following August 13.

USA students will be traveling to Luxembourg to join in this course.

Course Description: According to a recent article in KMWorld (the leading magazine on the practice of knowledge management), today retailers can harness big data and big content from their customers for big profits through knowledge management systems. Opportunities to improve business performance through knowledge management practices and systems also abound in other service and manufacturing industries. Leading companies such as World Bank, Danone ,IBM, Deutsche Bank and Siemens have reaped enormous benefits from their knowledge management efforts. In this course, you will explore critical issues, problems and challenges facing organizations in managing their knowledge resources. You will also learn about contemporary concepts, ideas and tools for effective knowledge management and have opportunities to apply them in helping your organization identify solutions that better develop and leverage its knowledge.

Michael Zhang is an Associate Professor of Management at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Michael teaches management and international business at both undergraduate and graduate levels at the SHU US campus and has published multiple research articles in those two disciplines. He received his BA from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in People’s Republic China, MBA from Gonzaga University, MPA from Eastern Washington University, and Doctor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University.

US Connections Experience

SHU 2016 US Connections Experience!

July 17 – July 30, 2016: A Great Opportunity for Mind-Stretching Experiences

  • Two Week In-class Summer Session
  • 3 CH Elective Course in Contemporary Issues in Global Management

Our biannual two week seminar and cross-cultural experience for both Luxembourg and USA students will be based at SHU’s Graduate Center in Stamford, Connecticut, USA from July 17  through July 30, 2016.

This team-facilitated inter-disciplinary course, coordinated by Dr. Mary Trefry, will offer opportunities to explore connections in many facets of our world. We’ll discuss how human and technology-enabled connections affect people, organizations, geopolitics, innovation, interdependence of economies, competitive advantage – and much more. For example, we will explore how ‘big data’ analytics are helping to shape what organizations do, how social networking is changing the ways companies interface with their customers, as well as challenges presented when unknown others can affect a company’s reputation and companies can discover more than an employee or individual may want to have known.

Informal round-table dinners will offer opportunities to discuss interesting issues with executives. Several fascinating tours, including the New York Stock Exchange and IBM, will give us insight into how companies are influencing and managing such opportunities/challenges. Class sessions and social events will enable us to enrich our own global connections and friendships – and to hear perspectives that may be different from our own.

Plan also for an opening social event on Sunday, July 17 at 4:30 at the Stamford Sheraton Hotel, where our Luxembourg students will be staying. More details will be available in June but, in the meantime, please contact Alexandra Lewis ( if you would like further information or have any questions.

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SHU Student Vijay Tak Proudly Receiving the ICT Start-Up of the Year Award!

For over six months, Vijay Tak, a student in the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg MBA with Internship program, has been completing his compulsory internship at MyHippocrates, an enterprise by TheMarketsTrust, an innovative start-up based in Luxembourg. MyHippocrates is an all-in-one, cloud-based platform for Medical Data Management, including full EMR for doctors, patients access, and more.

It was great news for Vijay when “his” company was awarded the Start-Up of the Year 2015 Award at the 9th Luxembourg ICT Awards. The Luxembourg ICT awards are held every year at the IT One Gala where individuals and companies are recognized and awarded for their outstanding contribution to innovation in information technologies. Competitors are first selected by a jury of CIOs who evaluate their contribution to innovation. Winners are then decided through a vote by 50 IT executives in the fields of finance, services, industry, construction, trade, healthcare, logistics and government services.

Thanks to a background in IT and well-equipped with a fresh business acumen—acquired during his MBA studies at SHU Luxembourg—Vijay has become a valuable member of the MyHippocrates team. His hard work and dedication to his studies and internship were rewarded when Vijay was chosen as the MyHippocrates team member to receive the award on behalf of the entire winning team.

After graduation in May 2016, Vijay plans to stay in Luxembourg for at least another two years. The Luxembourg government grants all foreign students who’ve successfully completed their master’s degree an additional two years of residency within the Grand Duchy.

We wish him all the success in his already promising career!

SHU Luxembourg is currently recruiting students for the MBA with Internship program. This 16 month program is designed for young graduates from abroad and Luxembourg. It eases the entry for students without work experience into the professional life and facilitates career switches that young professionals may be contemplating. Students complete a six to nine month paid internship by day, and attend courses in the evenings.

SHU Luxembourg boasts an internship roster with the top companies in Luxembourg. With the support of individual coaching and a new mentoring program, SHU is committed to helping students find an internship, where they can find success!

MyHippocrates Team

The MyHippocrates Project


Academic Research Project Drive is investigating the growing challenge of absenteeism in Luxembourg.

SHU Investigates Absenteeism in the Workplace

Academic Research Project Drive, led by SHU Professor Marcus Mueller, is investigating the growing challenge of absenteeism in Luxembourg.AdobeStock_32026393_WM In co-operation with FEDIL, LuxCos were invited to a series of presentations outlining project objectives, methodology and benefits to companies.

Several companies have registered their interest so far. Data collection started in Oct 2015 with close to 2,000 Lux employees having filled out surveys (online + paper in three languages, En, Fr,De) so far.

For this project, SHU Luxembourg is collaborating with Sunshine Coast University (Australia), Universite de Trois Rivieres a Montreal in Canada, and, for the theoretical & methodological background, University of Rochester in the US.

First results including concrete directions for personal & organizational change and development not only targeting absenteeism but also  engagement, health and safety are expected for the end of 2016.

Media Awards 2016 • Congratulations to Sources Rosport and SHU Marketing Professor Max Weber!

Rosport took home the Gold at the Media Awards 2016, winning the 2016 Audience Award and the 1st place prize for each of the three categories it’s ad campaign “The Legend” was nominated for.

News Update 5 Feb 2016 1

The winners of the 2016 Media Awards were announced on February 3rd at the “Media Awards Night 2016”, held at the Rockhal in Esch-Belval. The Media Awards were created jointly by Maison Moderne and RTL in 2014. The contest aims to reward and celebrate the best advertising creations in Luxembourg. There are 10 nominees for each of the 6 categories, plus 1 over all prize called “The Audience Award”. The categories include TV/Cinema, Radio, Internet, Press B2B, Cross-Media, and Heart stroke.

Source Rosport claimed the gold prize in TV/Cinema, Radio, and Cross-Media.

Sacred Heart University Graduation 2015 Highlights

The 24th Graduation Ceremony of the Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg
Friday, December 11, 2015
Mudam Luxembourg-Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean

33 Graduates

Intro by Professor Marcus Mueller, Ph.D., SHU Luxembourg

Commencement Address by Mr. Claude Meisch, Luxembourg Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Luxembourg Minister for Higher Education and Research

Conferral of the Degrees of Master of Business Administration and Graduate Professional Certificates by Laura Niesen de Abruna, Ph.D., Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs of Sacred Heart University

MC: Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Ph.D., Academic Director for Sacred Heart University Luxembourg

Musical Performance of The Christmas Song by Ms. Kelsey Hopper