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2016 US Summer Trip Update

Let SHU know NOW if you’re interested in joining the 2016 US Connections Experience!

This is not a commitment from your side. Help SHU plan our trip to meet the expectations of your US Connections Experience!

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Information Updates

  • July 17 – July 30, 2016
  • Flights:
    -Interested participants (students/alumni) book and manage air travel arrangements individually. SHU will not make any air travel arrangements.
  • Hotel Accommodation:
    -SHU has arranged a discounted rate with the Sheraton Hotel
    -Participants will book their hotel reservations individually via a link provided by SHU.
    -The deadline for making those reservations will be in June, but the longer you wait, the greater chance you might not get a room at the SHU discounted rate – or at all, if the hotel is fully booked during those two weeks. SHU will be keeping in touch with the hotel to see how occupancy is coming along.
  • Insurance:
    -No extra insurance needed for the trip!
    -In the past Lux students have relied on their own personal insurance.
  • BU 687 Course Syllabus available in June
  • Register NOW by contacting Alexandra Lewis (
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MBA Students to Join Forces with Special Olympics in New Course: Team Management – The Smart Team Manager

There is still time to register!
SHU Luxembourg will launch a new 1-week seminar by partnering with Special Olympics Luxembourg for the first ever SHU Basketball Tourney in Luxembourg.

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The Smart Team Manager – Achieve more and be a great team

  • Become a more knowledgeable team manager
  • Become a more effective team manager
  • Become a more reflective team manager
  • Have fun and be part of the SHU team that will deliver a contribution to Luxembourg society in the process of the course through the organisation of a charity event where a SHU team will play against the Luxembourg Special Olympics Basketball team
Dates:April 4 – April 16, 20166:30 pm – 9:30 pm
 Sunday, April 24, 2016Final Project
Luxembourg Special Olympics Basketball Tourney

You work with other people every day. Your interpersonal and team management skills determine what the performance of the team will be, how the progress of achieving targets will go, how much fun you have and how much you will learn. How other people feel when part of the same team with you also has a significant impact on the quality of your future relationships. In summary, your team management skills are a key factor for individual and organizational success.

This course is designed for managers who dare to become aware and develop their interpersonal and team management skills and who want to discover ways to challenge themselves and others while further developing their career.

150x150_shu_EstherCelosse_bgProfessor: Esther A.C.E. Celosse,  during her 25-year professional career in the world of global finance, Esther managed teams, set up fresh-field products and markets developments, set up her own business focussing on performance improvement through personal leadership development.


Becoming a Woman Business Angel May be Easier than You Think!

Join the Rising Tide to be part of the first educational co-investment platform in Europe.

The Rising Tide Angel Training Program launched in 2015 in both the United States and Europe.

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Europe: 1 million+  euros from up to 99 investors; 6-10 deals over 12-18 months  (view bios of lead angels for Europe program)

The lead investors in each of these programs are nine women with significant angel investing experience  that want to support the next generation of women angel investors. The other investors (up to 90) will be women that are new and emerging angel investors. The nine lead investors will lead the due diligence and decide on the 6-10 investments.


Contact your SHU Alumni Representative: Larissa Best at or Cindy Naegel at

The Rising Tide Program


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