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Summer Voices: Meet our MBA with internship Student Gustavo May: “What’s the value of Education?”

What’s the value of Education?

I never doubted the fact that the higher your education, the higher your capacity to assess any situation in your history. In your personal life, if you have a greater intellect, you will overcome the challenges of life more easily.

So it is in your professional life. If you are more prepared to assail your defiance, you will get better results. The way to do it – indisputably – is through education.

Back in the day, I used to see some distinct phases in life. You are a child and play all the time. Then you’re in school. You graduate. You work…

Suddenly I realized that I would do all of these for the rest of my life. The good part of it? It’s not an obligation, and with the right timing, you can merge all of these and enjoy going through the process.

After becoming a lawyer and deciding to embrace another field, I knew that I needed to prepare myself, and during this preparation, the opportunity to move to Luxembourg came, and it scared me immensely. To let go of a career in a good company, with stability, and a good prospect is not an easy decision. And I knew I had to have the decision-maker on my side.

I’m so glad that in the middle of this journey Sacred Heart University crossed my way. It was not easy to leave my beloved country, cross the sea to a different culture, and be far away from my family for a while. But even being in the middle of this process, and still pursuing my MBA, I already know that I could not have chosen a better University to be on my side and help me to do it.

Thank you Jack Welch College of Business & Technology, thank you Sacred Heart for supporting me to climb this hill with all your staff, for bringing together students from all over the world to live this cultural melting pot, for having professors that are more than just theory, and for gathering together the perfect aspects to make an unbelievable experience that I will carry on through the rest of my life. This chapter of my life made me a better person and persuaded me toward the next one looking for the utopic perfection we all should look forward to.”

Gustavo May, Student 2020

Private Banker Assistant @Banco Bradesco

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Summer Voices: Meet our MBA Alumni Patrick Zangerlé: “Good reasons to pursue an MBA while working full-time”

Good reasons to pursue an MBA while working full-time

In January 2018 I kicked off my MBA journey with a jolt of excitement but also a little apprehension. Attending a classroom course felt different than 10 years ago during my university studies, and it wasn’t only because I had already spent a full day at the office. Many of my fellow students were working professionals, each with their own distinct personality, education, motivation and experience. My professors also had equally diverse backgrounds. This made for a culturally enriching and intellectually stimulating setting. Two years after my first course, I am pleased to now call myself an MBA alumnus from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg and earned my degree while continuing to work full-time.

In case you currently consider pursuing such a degree yourself, you probably have a good idea what you aim to achieve with it. However, in case you are a working professional, you may still wonder if the commitment to spend uncountable evenings and weekends studying will eventually be worth it. Let me give you three good reasons on why I believe the answer is “yes”.

Expand horizons

Aside from the academic content and leadership takeaways of the MBA, the curriculum allows you to obtain an exclusive sneak-peak into businesses and industries that are outside your day-to-day professional context. Just one example in my case, was the study trip to the United States, which extended my horizon beyond what would otherwise have not been possible. The week-long course not only consisted of sit-in classes, but also of corporate visits, ranging from meeting established investment bankers to interacting with dynamic start-up companies. This invaluable experience helped to translate my classroom studies into what happens in the real world, closing the circle for me in terms of what I learned at SHU.

Remind yourself of your capacities

The second reason to take on the challenge, is to remind yourself of your capacities. Besides spending time and money, the MBA will also be an intellectual investment. (Re)acquiring and perfecting specialized knowledge, such as Accounting or Finance, within intense and challenging timeframes may not be your usual pastime. However, after successful completion of assignments, you will feel proud of your achievements. This goes without saying that you will need (or learn) to have a healthy amount of self-discipline and organizational talent to balance your work/private/study life.

Active learning

Lastly, as a working professional you will also have one significant advantage over non-working students: the opportunity to apply the following day what you learned the night before – and bring back your experience to class. This holds especially true for the Leadership classes where you can better internalize your learnings by applying the concepts in real-life settings.

The decision to pursue an MBA while also working full-time is one that should be well pondered, considering what you are willing to invest and what you want to achieve. For my part, I am proud of this achievement and thankful for the invaluable support my family has given me throughout the journey. Thanks also to my fellow classmates from whom I have learnt as much out of class as in class.

Patrick Zangerlé, Alumni 2019

Manager Insurance & Claims @ Cargolux Airlines International S.A

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Summer Voices: Meet our MBA Student Adriana Migonney: “From a kind of plateau to a roller coaster adventure”

I am approaching the last semester of my SHU MBA Program and this journey has been definitely one of the best investment decisions I have taken in the last 20 years. When I joined the program my objective was: to get a wider understanding of our society’s business models and therefore continue growing at a personal and professional level. My professional carrier was doing well, actually everything was fine but I was reaching a kind of plateau and felt the need to challenge myself and ‘restart the computer’ in order to explore fields and areas I didn’t know, open new doors. What I’ve got since I started the SHU MBA program one year and a half ago, is much more than that and I remember speaking with an acquaintance that had finished her MBA and she was saying: ‘there is a life before and a life after the MBA…… nothing will be the same after’. My thoughts at that time were that it is a kind of over-exaggerated but the more I was going deeper in the MBA, the more her words were coming back and I quickly start to understand that it was definitely true.

The more you dive-in all the knowledge it is proposed to you, the more your conscience is widening and the way you see people, businesses, events changes forever.

Imagine the world like a big screen with parts that are blurred and that you don’t really get. And that’s fine, you live with it, no harm into that. And then, while diving-in, there are days when you realize this blur zones become crystal-clear giving you a kind of 3D understanding of what’s going on around you at different levels.

We talked a lot during the Business Competencies course with Esther Celosse about Aha-moments and it is exactly that! Named Eureka effect, it is described as moments when: Insight is believed to occur with a break in mental fixation, allowing the solution to appear transparent and obvious. We get so used of doing-what-we-know-to-do-best all the time that our brain forms patterns of functioning that are difficult to break. That’s why innovation is not an easy thing to do!

The SHU MBA is a wonderful adventure: you embark in the roller-coaster highly motivated but also a bit afraid, with high expectations and hidden doubts and you step out transformed because your new-self got updated to the next level.

Adriana Migonney, MBA Student 2020
Director of Sales at ACCOR HOTELS Luxembourg

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Summer Voices: Meet our MBA Alumni Ricardo Carmo: “Stronger together”

“The multicultural environment and capable professors at SHU provided me with a solid academic foundation and competencies to have a noticeable impact in the business world.

Working successfully with students from different countries, backgrounds and cultures, combining ideas and constantly adapting strategies showed me how much we need each other’s to succeed and how to respect each other’s differences.

These skills are essential in the international business world and a unique competitive advantage that SHU offers to all its graduates.”

Ricardo Carmo, Alumni 2018
Asset Manager at UniCredit International Bank

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Summer Voices: Meet our Alumni Konstanze Hoellermann: « an MBA to be successful together »

“I graduated in 2016. I started with this MBA, because I was interested pursuing further studies, without knowing where it might lead me to.

In addition, I did it for fun, to learn, to meet new peoples, and to listen to other experiences. I was interested in the world pulse and where can you experience it better than by pursuing an MBA at an internationally acknowledged university, the Sacret Heart University in Luxembourg.

As Luxembourg is a multi-cultural and international place where almost every nation is represented, you are forced to keep an open mind and stay curious. Often, I blinked at some opinions and noticed, as always, that one can have different views on matters and because of that, have a different outcome.

The most challenging was to learn and to hear the other views, try to understand them, try to explain also a personal opinion (in case of a different views) and then to find a common ground to be successful – TOGETHER. We had to do some individual exercises, but many in groups where sometimes you could influence with whom to work with, and sometimes this was not possible.

When groups were assigned I learned most, and I still value this experience today. It brought me to really understand what matters, how to act, and how to succeed.

I can only recommend to pursue any kind of courses at SHU, be it an MBA or just a certificate. It will improve and enhance your way of thinking.”

Konstanze Hoellermann, Alumni 2016
Manager @Edisseri S.à r.l. & InTabulis S.C.Sp

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LPEA-SHU Private Equity Training: OCT 5 – NOV 30


OCT 5–NOV 30



3 hours
per class


1-2 classes
per week



Chamber of Commerce

Training Center
(parking provided)


The Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA) and the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology at SHU have joined forces to create a business certificate for Luxembourg professionals, specifically designed to focus on Private Equity: The Private Equity Business Certificate Program.

Together, the LPEA and SHU developed a comprehensive curriculum that offers a unique opportunity to deep-dive into Private Equity and Venture Capital.


This initiative with the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology is the first of a long-term development in Luxembourg that aims at enhancing the skill set of newcomers and current practitioners in Private Equity and Venture Capital, while embracing the University’s “Learn Today, Apply Tomorrow” mission.



You’ll gain first-hand insight from seasoned professionals and experts on how best to apply what you learn,
into your current business or future career.

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Private Equity is one of the best performing asset classes.

Over the past decades, the industry has consistently grown to exceed €4 trillion in assets under management. Those distributions, combined with the poor performance and volatility linked to traditional asset classes, have driven a number of new investors to enter the Private Equity world.

Luxembourg is one of the most popular jurisdictions for private equity and venture capital. Whilst historically a local presence in Luxembourg was limited mostly to smaller and/or emerging General Partners, many large international houses have set up and conducted business out of Luxembourg since the middle of the last decade with a considerable and growing local substance.

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) introduced new organizational requirements and specific disclosure rules regarding AIFMs managing AIFs which acquire control of non-listed companies and issuers. Focus shifted from well-known product regulation to manager regulation.

The alternative investments industry accepted the challenge and is governed today by a framework that is eligible to develop into a brand, just as the UCITS Directive.

PE managers appreciate Luxembourg's business friendly environment and they have embraced the introduction of the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF), which completed the Luxembourg investment fund toolbox by a manager-regulated alternative fund.

In a fast changing environment, the industry is however facing challenges of an economic and regulatory nature. While Luxembourg has been active in the Private Equity field for more than two decades, until recently very few large investment vehicles were established there. In this new paradigm, the appetite for the Luxembourg fund structuring toolbox has increased beyond expectations. The diverse range of vehicles, from unregulated to regulated products, together with the asset class expertise developed over the years within the professional community and the CSSF are key factors of this collective success.

This shift is driving a strong demand for skilled employees who understand how the industry operates in its entire value chain—from fund structuring through to operations and exits.

The Private Equity & Other Alternative Asset Classes course and the Private Equity Business Certificate Program aim to meet the growing demands of the industry by delivering both engaging and challenging courses, providing participants with tailored curriculum and professional insights to develop new skills and knowledge directly applicable to the day-to-day business operations.


  • Standard Price: €1,950 (EUR)
    When you are ready to register, access the online registration system HERE.
  • Partial Payment is due upon registration. Participants will be invoiced separately for the remaining fee balance. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.
  • Price includes learning materials and processing fee.



Class Day Date Time
1 Monday 5-Oct-2020 18:30-21:30
2 Tuesday 6-Oct-2020 18:30-21:30
3 Saturday 17-Oct-2020 14:00-17:00
4 Monday 26-Oct-2020 18:30-21:30
5 Monday 2-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
6 Tuesday 3-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
7 Monday 9-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
8 Monday 16-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
9 Tuesday 17-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
10 Monday 23-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
11 Saturday 28-Nov-2020 09:30-12:30
12 Monday 30-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30


This course will provide an overview of the main approaches, structures and actors in Alternative Assets and specifically Private Equity. With well-known on the ground practitioners the elements of a successful Private Equity Fund will be described and discussed in detail.
The course will specifically address:

  1. Alternative Asset Strategies such as Venture Capital, Leveraged Buyout, Real Assets and Private Debt.
  2. The fundraising, investment and portfolio management of Private Equity funds.
  3. Legal and tax aspects of selecting and setting up Private Equity vehicles.
  4. The exiting and performance measurement and reporting for Private Equity funds.


  • Grasping the Big Picture.
  • Introduction to the Private Equity market in Luxembourg.
  • Overview of different elements of a successful operation of a Private Equity fund.
  • Understand the opportunities and functioning of the Alternative Asset classes and the Private Equity market.
  • Lectures by and discussion with specialized practitioners of Alternative Asset market segments.


  • Lecture-based teaching method with interactive in-class discussions.
    (Basic preliminary studies, i.e. via internet, would be helpful.)
  • Practitioners such as fund managers, lawyers, auditors, tax advisors and other service providers to the industry will share their knowledge and experience and discuss theoretical and practical challenges of their specialization.
  • Participants will be required to participate actively in the class discussions.
  • Team Project: Your Private Equity/Alternative Asset Fund
    Participants will be split into teams the start of the course. The project will aim at simulating a real-life launch of an alternative fund using the topics covered throughout the course, and displaying that you understood the “Big Picture”. Participants will showcase their findings and fund in final pitch presentation.
    Faculty will be available throughout the course to provide feedback and advice.
  • Grading will be based on discussion participation and the Team Project.
  • Participants learn to recognize how they can use material in the context of their own organization and apply concepts in their professional environment of future career.
  • A diverse set of perspectives across industries, professional experiences and academic disciplines: participants come from a variety of backgrounds and companies, ensuring exposure to a broad range of learning experiences.
  • This courses is academically accredited at the graduate level.
  • Credits earned may be applied toward the Private Equity Business Certificate or the MBA Degree.


This course is designed as overview/introduction to Private Equity/Alternative Assets with more detailed and specialized discussions of the alternative asset universe.

  • Financial sector professionals with an interest to develop in Alternative Assets and Private Equity.
  • Individuals aspiring to start a career in the Alternative Assets and Private Equity markets.
  • Professional AND Individuals looking to expand their understanding of Private Equity.
  • Basic prior understanding of Private Equity and finance concepts will be helpful for this course, but is not a “must-have”.
    (Basic knowledge can be obtained via prior self-studies.)



Experts in the Private Equity and Venture Capital field, including fund managers, lawyers, auditors, tax advisors and other service providers to the industry will share their knowledge and experience and discuss theoretical and practical challenges of their specialization.



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