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KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg at KlimaExpo 2021

KlimaExpo was the 1st national exhibition dedicated to actors and solutions to the climate cause, which took place from October 9 to 11, at LuxExpo, Kirchberg, Luxembourg.

With 2,600 visitors, 30 exhibitors, 32 conferences, this 1st edition was a real success.

On Saturday, 9 October, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg (SHU) launched its newest project–the “Sustainability in Action” Leadership Platform–at the KlimaExpo in the presence of economy minister Franz Fayot.

KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Marcus B. Mueller at KlimaExpo with Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Marcus B. Mueller at KlimaExpo with Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Erica Van Ossel Leclercq & Franz Fayot - KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Erica Van Ossel Leclercq & Franz Fayot – KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Erica Van Ossel Leclercq at KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Marcus B. Mueller at KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Pierre Gramegna Sacred Heart University Fairfield

Sacred Heart University welcomes Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s Finance Minister, for lecture

Pierre Gramegna discusses the euro, climate change and the purpose of the European Union.

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University recently hosted Luxembourg’s minister of finance, Pierre Gramegna, for a lecture about the European Union (EU).

The University has a special connection to Luxembourg: SHU established a satellite campus there in 1991 as a graduate business school and now also offers short-term and semester-long undergraduate programs at the Luxembourg campus.

The minister’s lecture touched on the EU, the formation of which stems from efforts to forge closer social, economic and political ties among the European countries after World War II. The euro was created to be a common currency across the continent, he noted. “It makes no sense to build common currency if you don’t have common economic policies,” Gramegna said.

Gramegna also discussed COVID-19 and the panic it created. He said that, before the pandemic, the EU had experienced several years of economic growth, including the creation of 15 million jobs. The lockdown halted that growth as the pandemic crushed economies across the globe.

Two-thirds of the population is now vaccinated, which has allowed people to return to work and the economy to begin to recover. “We need to build forward better,” Gramegna said, referring to global initiatives for recovering from the pandemic’s sweeping impacts.

Regarding the climate crisis, Gramegna said he hopes to see a number of measures enacted, including taking businesses to task for “greenwashing,” or falsely marketing products as environmentally friendly; shortening the timeline for ending the use of coal plants and implementing sustainable financial practices. He also pointed out that, to promote a healthier environment, Luxembourg became the first country to offer free public transportation for commuters.

Gramegna holds a master’s degree in civil law and economic sciences, as well as an honorary doctorate from SHU Luxembourg. He was appointed Luxembourg’s minister of finance in 2013 and reappointed in 2018. Throughout his tenure, he has worked to balance the budget and make the country’s tax rules more transparent, according to a government website. He also has been active in promoting environmental initiatives.

David Taylor, associate dean of the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology (WCBT) said Gramegna’s lecture was enlightening. “Minister Gramegna’s visit provided an excellent opportunity for our students and faculty to hear perspectives from a European leader on an array of topics, including what may be the most pressing issue of our lifetime, the climate crisis. The intersection of finance and sustainability is an important area, and the minister provided everyone who attended with much to think about,” Taylor said.

Sacred Heart, as part of Luxembourg’s business and educational landscape, is doing its part to promote a green environment, Taylor said. “Working with the Luxembourg business community and government, the WCBT is committed to creating more sustainable business practices to address the climate crisis. With initiatives such as our ‘Sustainability in Action’ leadership platform, which has led to the creation of courses focused on green and sustainable business practices, SHU is working toward a better future, and we will continue to work with Mr. Gramegna and the ministry of finance to find innovative solutions to sustainability challenges.”

You can find the original article on Sacred Heart University website.

Andy Schmidt Seismic

SHULU’s podcast series “WeCare” with Andy Schmidt (Seismic)

Hello everyone and welcome to the third episode of « WeCare », Sacred Heart University Luxembourg’s podcast series :

Here we will speak with SHULU Alumni & Students to learn about their unique stories and their experience in our program.

For 30 years, SHULU has worked to educate business professionals in Luxembourg through a thoughtfully designed curriculum taught by engaged and experienced faculty and practitioners.
We care deeply about providing valuable educational opportunities. We care about our students. We care about our graduates. And, we care about you!

Andy Schmidt, 44 years old, is the co-founder and COO of Seismic. With over 20 years of experience, Andy helps organisations achieve their strategic objectives and supports the growth and development of world class, values-led organisations. Andy has an MBA in Strategic Management in International Business from the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg, as well as a Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University.

In this episode of the « WeCare » podcast series, he shares with us his journey and in particular how the Sacred Heart University part-time MB benefited his career.

Sacred Heart University Sustainability Platform

Sacred Heart University launches sustainability platform

On Saturday, 9 October, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg (SHU) launched its newest project–the “Sustainability in Action” Leadership Platform–at the KlimaExpo in the presence of economy minister Franz Fayot.

A holistic approach to sustainability

The platform–which hopes to enable participants to “think differently” and creatively. It includes on-site academic courses and a new postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability and Social Impact.

The online Mini-MBeA SHU offers is accessible to anyone, all over the world. Professor Marcus Mueller, who oversees the programme, reckons that the mini-MBeA will attract more executives, as the format offers “a good handle on the complexity of sustainability” in all aspects of business.

Unlike other existing sustainability programmes in Luxembourg and abroad, the SHU platform approaches the challenges of today and tomorrow in a holistic way, he said speaking to Delano ahead of the launch. “We are building bridges between theory and practice, across disciplines, across generations present and future, across stakeholders–governments, industries, consumers–and we bridge the gap between Luxembourg and the world.”

By sharing their tools–such as building self-confidence and encouraging creative thinking–and showing their application on the whole value chain of a business, Sustainability in Action aims to give its students the knowledge needed to become “ambassadors of change” in their current or future organisations.

The selection of candidates will also play an important part in the programme: there needs to be “diversity in terms of seniority, gender, disciplines, industries,” to incite enriching and transformative interactions, Muller said.

A shift in mentalities

“The business models will change–they have to. Those who want to proactively change now will be the winners, and those who just wait for regulation to happen–they will die,” said Mueller.

The current way of approaching climate change by solely “creating fear, offering island solutions and controlling carbon footprints,” is not going to help the world, he said. Fear eventually begets the numbness of citizens, whereas stimulating the participants of the programme to be communicative and creative will provide solutions that can be implemented in industries later on.

Through the classes, supported and taught by both local and international partners, such as B Lab or Luxinnovation, among many others, the programme aims to use the tools those organisations have already proven to be applicable, and introduce them into Luxembourg’s wider ecosystem (for graduates of the certificate) and international organisations (for graduates of the mini-MBeA).

Changing angles

Though Mueller acknowledges the importance of cutting carbon emissions and implementing new restrictions on industries, he believes that only coming up with new ideas, technologies and innovative solutions that “bring profit” will have a big enough impact. Only economically viable ideas that are also sustainable will interest larger industries and governments, he said.

“There is still a lot of resistance at the executive levels,” said Mueller. “The next generation needs people in the second and third level to plant the seed and show the people of the organisation” how to approach and adopt the change in mentality.

And so, through the launching of their new leadership platform, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg aims to cut fearmongering from the agenda and provide new tools to its participants to confidently approach not just the “Why?” of climate change and the economy but also mainly the “How?” of creating sustainable businesses.

Dr Marcus Mueller

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg creates new sustainability program

Because sustainable development is something that companies increasingly find they must not only reckon with but espouse, many professionals now realise they require training and development to get up to speed as to how business, sustainability, and the environment interact.

Last weekend marked the inauguration of a new graduate-level program from Sacred Heart University Luxembourg that will give students a clear overview of some of the most pertinent intersections of sustainability and business. The inauguration was introduced by Minister of the Economy Franz Fayot at KlimaExpo 2021, which took place from October 9-11 at LuxExpo the Box.

The Sustainability in Action Leadership Platform is a natural extension of the central role that care plays in the university’s mission, explains Dr Marcus Muller, the Department of Management professor who has overseen its creation. The program is unique in the world, he says, as there are very few graduate-level business programs that focus on sustainability. Those that do exist tend to have a global outlook and lack a strong connection to the local business community.

“The Sustainability in Action Leadership Platform is a combination of international and local content and expertise. The program will work closely with local partners such as Luxinnovation, +ImpaKT, and Seismic.”

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg has been building up a strong base for this program. For several years, the university has been incorporating sustainability topics into graduate courses such as finance or accounting. Later, they began offering entire courses on how the corporate world and the transition to a more circular economy are increasingly connected.

“The program is highly flexible and allows students to combine content to suit their needs. The goal is to provide a wide view of sustainability while making sure that newly acquired competencies are applicable to the outside world. Students prepare an action plan they bring to their activity outside of class, whether that is their jobs or their private lives.”

Because of the broad overview of the material, the collaborative nature of the platform, and the ability of students to choose courses that match their needs, the program has a wide range of utility.

“Everyone from young professionals, executives, to government officials can benefit. We build a foundation enabling people to find their own way. We truly see ourselves as a platform where students also learn from each other and are not subjected to top-down lectures.”

Interested parties can already register for courses or the certificate program since the university offers rolling enrollment. Only the online mini MBeA (Master in Benefit Administration), will officially be launched in quarter 2022

Because teamwork and learning from other students, most of whom come from diverse professional and geographical backgrounds, are central to the program, students often stay connected long after they have completed their work at Sacred Heart University Luxembourg, says Dr Muller.

“We have a very strong network of alumni all around the world. We do care and keep caring about these people who are willing to drive impactful change through education”

MBA Application Live 2022

MBA Application LIVE

At the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg, we recognize the extraordinary personal and professional challenges that the coronavirus pandemic poses, including your application to business school.

We admire your decision to invest in yourself in this time of uncertainty.

An MBA from the Sacred Heart University will help boost your career as the global economy rebounds.

We’ve made adjustments to our MBA admissions process to accommodate you, wherever you are in the process.

Application Deadlines

International Applicants (non-EU citizens): September 15,2021

EU/EEA Applicants: November 30, 2021

PERSONAL CONSULTATIONS
Connect one-on-one for a personal admissions consultation with an admissions representative via Skype, Zoom, or Teams to discuss about your goals, the application, our program, culture or any other questions you may have.

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We’re offering GMAT waivers to the Full-Time MBA with internship and Part-Time MBA programs to accommodate the current testing limitations.

EXTENDED DEADLINES
For more information about deadline extensions, please contact us at pmisra@shu.lu.

FREE PERSONAL ASSESSMENT OF ELIGIBILITY
Our Graduate Admissions Office can offer you a free personal assessment of eligibility. After which, we will then be able to provide a more precise potential start-date and individual schedule for your potential MBA and/or Business Certificate program.

To begin the process, please send the following documents to Admission Manager, Pratiksha Misra (pmisra@shu.lu):

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