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10 good reasons to do an MBA in Luxembourg

How do I advance my professional career when you’re in a position?

When taking your professional career to the next level, there are a few levers you can pull: an advanced degree, expanded skills, more professional experience, and a larger network, to name a few. But, what if there was a way to do all of these things in one push?

That’s the value of an MBA program, but not all programs are created equal. A program’s reputation, the expertise of their teaching and administrative staff, and the diversity of their student body are all elements that can determine the degree to which an MBA has the power to grow your potential.

There are many good reasons for you to start an MBA program at SHULU. Here are the top ten to consider.

1: Compliment your existing experience, knowledge, and expertise

Many professionals believe that the experience they have gained so far is sufficient to get them where they want to go. But this is often not the case. The business world is constantly changing. The skills of those working in this field must adapt to meet the needs of global businesses. A high-quality MBA program offers a curriculum that evolves with the business world. However, it must also be tailored to the student’s expertise, with a curriculum and course trajectory that builds on existing knowledge.

2: Expand your network through an effective MBA program

The term “network” has a broad meaning and covers many important elements of building a professional career. It concerns not only the people you have worked with, but also your international exposure to people and trends in your field.

3: Expand your skills base

Developing your skills not only helps you find new career opportunities, but also helps you thrive in a multitude of professional landscapes.

4: Learn your ABCs

Management and leadership disciplines use a basic psychological needs theory which says that everyone requires the satisfaction of three basic needs, or the ABCs, which are:

Autonomy: “I’m free to decide, and express my ideas and opinions.”
Belonging: “I like interacting with people, and I have the mutual support of people who care about me.”
Competence: “I’m good at what I do. I feel a sense of accomplishment, and I’m learning interesting things.”
To become a successful manager and leader requires understanding how these ABCs work.

5: Get a personalized learning experience

The goal is to provide each student with the personal attention that allows them to develop in and out of the classroom, both as a professional and as an individual.

6: Add a highly-respected advanced degree to your portfolio

An MBA program is more than an accolade, it’s proof positive of your ability to learn complex concepts, meet deadlines, and execute on your goals. But when you put it on your CV, you want to ensure it comes from a well-respected institution.

7: Meet some fantastic new people!

Beyond the development of a network previously mentioned, it is also and above all a human adventure that allows you to meet different paths and rich in experiences. It also means being confronted with opposing ideas and points of view. It’s especially an opportunity to meet people that will allow you to develop and expand your business vision.

8: Get job experience

Though theory and concepts are an important foundation for increasing an understanding of global business, it’s also a well-known fact that you can’t learn to swim by reading a book.

9: Complete your MBA at your own pace, around your work schedule.

Life happens, whether you’re getting your MBA or not. In addition, a part-time Executive MBA program should allow students to follow a program at their own pace, with an average completion time of 2 years.

10: Be at the centre of it all

Luxembourg, located in the center of Europe, is one of the world’s largest financial centers and is a pioneer in e-commerce, intellectual property, and research and development. SHULU’s programs are delivered at the Chamber of Commerce in Kirchberg, the heart of the financial sector and the European Institutions.

What institution in Luxembourg can offer me this type of course?

Sacred Heart University offers the only AACSB accredited higher education in Luxembourg. Only 5% of schools in the world meet these high standards, and it is one of them. Their curriculum is designed and delivered by accomplished academics and experienced business practitioners. Their diverse student body brings a mix of professional experience, professionalism and creativity. Considering the various points we have just mentioned, here is what the HUS proposes:

An adapted MBA program

At SHULU, entering students are assessed based on their background and experience, and the program is tailored to scaffold on top of their skill base.

An important network

At SHULU, with their network of 700 + Alumni, you have the opportunity to access of all of this by learning more about your field and expanding your professional network at a well-respected, international institution.

An experimental approach

SHULU’s program applies both an experiential and applied approach, with concepts that are supported by real-world examples. The curriculum is also designed to adapt to today’s business environment.

Manage your ABCs

SHULU’s MBA program is designed to help you master these elements for yourself and ensure your ability to foster them in others in your organization. Their Coaching & Mentoring program, which runs parallel to their Academic program, is especially built to assist in the Competence and Autonomy categories.

More time with your teachers

SHULU has more than 100 students enrolled but are split into groups of around 25 students. They offer an average class size of 22 students, which allows students to get more time with faculty and get to know their peers in a series of small group interactions. they also offer a Coaching & Mentoring program

Recognition by the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education

Not only are SHULU’s MBA programs accredited by the premier global accrediting body for business schools, but they are also officially recognized by the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education and Research. SHULU has educated business leaders at its main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut since 1965 and at its Luxembourg branch since 1991.

The diversity of graduates

In the last 30 years, SHULU has graduated more than 700 business leaders from more than 50 different countries. We boast a diverse student body; a mix of entrepreneurial thinkers, innovative problem-solvers, egalitarian team players and motivated professionals. The student body comes from more than 40 nationalities and international faculty from more than 30 nationalities. SHULU MBA students are selected for what they can contribute to the class and future employers.

A hands-on experience via a single internship

SHULU’s MBA with internship provides real-world experience at prestigious domestic and international companies, including Amazon, Vodafone, SES, and others. The program includes a 6-9 month paid internship and individual career coaching and job placement assistance. Students will have the opportunity to work on company projects and network with executives and entrepreneurs.

A program adapted to working life

SHULU’s program is unique because all classes take place during the weekdays between 6:30 and 9:30 pm, allowing students to continue working while completing their program. In addition, the part-time Executive MBA program allows students to complete the program at their own pace, with an average completion time of 2 years.

Sacred Heart University – A unique place to learn

SHULU benefits from a vibrant environment in a modern facility. The opportunity to develop yourself within this rich learning experience is waiting for you.

Women’s History Month – MBA Alumni discussion with Renata Gil Prates

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg sat down with 2019 alumna Renata Gil Prates to discuss how an MBA impacted her career and gather her advice for tackling challenges.

SHULU: Apart from being one of our Alumna, who are you, what is your background?

My name is Renata, and I’m turning 41 years old. I was born and raised in Brazil, in a female-centric family—we are four sisters and I am number 2. As a good student and a passionate reader, I was led to law school. For more than 15 years, I worked as a litigation lawyer. I was happy in my comfort zone until a trip to Luxembourg sparked in me a need for change.

SHULU: Why did you chose to get your an MBA from Sacred Heart University Luxembourg?

I wanted to change, not just my career, but my entire life. My life wasn’t bad, I just had this feeling—I could hear my internal voice saying it was time to change. I followed my intuition and I took one year as a sabbatical. I came to Luxembourg and I went to London to improve my English. In 2018, I figured out that in Luxembourg, I feel like I am at home. Now that I had a home, I needed a job.

The job market is not very friendly when you are a non-European with no international experience. Education is always the key. Studying in Luxembourg was my best chance to make the change happen. It was not difficult to choose Sacred Heart University—the language, the multicultural environment, the reviews from friends, and, of course, the internship program.

SHULU: What has life been like since graduating?

Since graduation, the pandemic has put us all in a weird situation, but overall my life is very good. I changed my career; I am not working as a lawyer anymore, I am working in compliance in a Brazilian bank. I started from scratch, but my legal background helps me every day. SHU was a very important catalyst for this change in my career.

SHULU: How has an MBA changed your career trajectory?

The MBA was a full package experience for me. I met very good friends and we had and still have great moments together. It was in the program that I started building my network.

SHULU: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced and how did it change your life ?

The biggest challenge I have faced was the decision to leave my comfort zone and come to Luxembourg in my late thirties. I have no regrets at all. And this decision changed my entire life: I live in a new country, I speak a foreign language most of the time, my friends are from everywhere, and I am super happy and open to the next change.

SHULU: What advice would you give women today who are navigating such rapid change?

My advice: question yourself even if you are happy, trust and follow your intuition, invest in yourself, be open and work hard.

SHULU: Can you please share your favorite quote/ mantra with us?

My mantra is good things are coming!

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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.

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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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