Sponsored feature: An MBA from Nyenrode can elevate your career

An MBA degree from Nyenrode Business Universiteit can be an asset to any professional looking to elevate their career- regardless of academic or professional background.

When Nyenrode Business Universiteit started offering MBA degrees in 1982, it was among one of the first universities in the Netherlands to do so. Then, as now, Nyenrode firmly believed bridging the gap between practice and theory is an essential component of business education.
“In our educational philosophy we see three things as being intertwined: bringing you relevant academic knowledge, helping you with your personal development and giving you a real professional life experience,” says professor Maurits van Rooijen, Rector Magnificus of Nyenrode.
Nyenrode’s commitment to business education started long before the MBA programs. “Founded in 1946 by Dutch multinationals, we are proud to be one of the first business schools in Europe. We are the only state-recognized private university in the Netherlands and continue to be at the forefront of contemporary business education,” continues the professor.
For those who are looking to build their career in Holland, they can rest assured that the MBA progress are well regarded in the Dutch business community. In December 2011, Management Team magazine and website (MT.nl) recognized Nyenrode’s MBA programs as having the best reputation in the Dutch business community.
In addition, the Financial Times ranked Nyenrode’s Executive MBA program as number one in Career Progress in 2011, surpassing every other MBA program in the world.
Though these national and international acknowledgements are impressive, Nyenrode believes that the current students and alumni of the MBA are those best qualified to assess Nyenrode’s MBA programs.
Nyenrode alumnus Carlos Porres, Manager Market Intelligence at Quintiq, graduated from the full-time program in 2008. He had moved from his home country of Guatemala for the opportunity and is still living in the Netherlands.
He recognizes the personal and professional impact Nyenrode had on him: “Nyenrode boosted my career both locally and globally by giving me the necessary exposure and knowledge to play and succeed amongst the best business teams worldwide,” he says. However, he cautions that “Nyenrode is not for everyone. It is for people who like challenges, people who dream globally.”
For Harvey Wells, a British national who graduated with a Nyenrode MBA in 2009, the program was a way to grow his skills and network. When asked why he choose to pursue an MBA, Harvey answers: “To consolidate and build technical skills after nearly 10 years in my career. To begin to build a network in the Netherlands, where I planned to relocate with my Dutch wife.”
After graduating, instead of joining an existing organization, Harvey decided to start his own consultancy business.
Others have joined the MBA looking increase their entrepreneurships skills so that they can start a business in the future. “In the next five years, I see myself as the owner of my own business. This is an idea I have been cultivating long before choosing to take an MBA,” says Rosane Gama Sa from Brazil, a Nyenrode alumna from the 2011 graduating class.
Offering both full-time and part-time programs, the Nyenrode MBA is open to those who have at least a bachelor degree in any discipline and have more than three years of full-time professional work experience. Like the thousands who make up Nyenrode’s tight-knit alumni group, a degree from Nyenrode can be the opportunity you need to elevate your career.
And this is an investment that the business community will appreciate. In the words of Bernard Helders, CEO of Capgemini NL: “As no other international and executive MBA, the Nyenrode program understands and teaches the opportunities coming from today’s relation between business and business technology. Any business ambition today should be seen through that lens, and set at a higher level before your competition does so!”
Article sponsored by Nyenrode Business Universiteit.
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