The goals of the i-MBA are summarized by eight Program Learning Outcomes that should characterize all students, as Graduate Attributes, upon completion of the Program:
- Consider Business Situations Holistically. To develop the ability to apprehend the integrated nature of how a business operates, evolves and interacts with its stakeholders. To understand a business as a system; how policies, strategy, structure, processes, technology and people interact in order to achieve success. To act according to the highest ethical standards,
- Possess Reflective and Critical Thinking Skills. To possess a wide range of cognitive skills applicable in problem-solving, decision making and human interactions, that increase the probability of a desirable outcome and, at the same time, be able to step back and think about how business challenges –strategic, tactical and operational- are solved and how a particular set of problem-solving strategies is appropriated for achieving a goal,
- Embrace Entrepreneurial Thinking. To be able to identify and seize opportunities in the marketplace, driven by the interplay between technology and socio-economic systems, take risks but manage them with discipline and have a strong desire to make a difference,
- Excel as a Leader. To build the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform effectively in leadership roles, to facilitate the execution of strategies and to help others grow their capabilities,
- Possess International Awareness. To develop a cross-cultural understanding (through knowledge of cultures and global markets, economic, social and political trends), so as to be able to recognize and embrace global diversity and lead and manage organizations in dynamically evolving international environments,
- Excel as a Team Player. To have the ability to work together with others to achieve a common goal through effective planning, information sharing and communication, and through a positive attitude, active listening and participation, mutual respect and support,
- Perfection of Self-Knowledge, as an Individual and as a Team Player. To understand one’s strengths, weaknesses and limitations at the personal, interpersonal and organizational levels, to realize how these impact on the tasks and performance of oneself and others, and to leverage all of them to achieve personal and organizational goals,
- Possess Analytical Capability. To be able to break down complex problems into single and manageable components, by gathering relevant information and identifying the key issues. To compare sets of data from different sources, identify possible cause and effect patterns, and draw appropriate aggregated conclusions for optimal decision-making.
The i-MBA offers a stimulating and exciting learning environment, conducive to the achievement of these program learning outcomes. By mixing pedagogical innovations with well-established training methods we develop an effective learning process through:
Preparatory courses might be offered in Accounting and Business Mathematics to students, with little no prior knowledge of these topics at degree level, usually two weeks prior to the start of the academic program. Students are notified of the preparatory courses upon admission.
Experiential Learning and Business Games
Each year an orientation event is conducted before the start of the academic year, where students participate in experiential learning activities. The objective is to introduce students with each other and through a series of activities and games to cultivate skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, planning and organizing. In core courses, e.g., Operations Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance and in elective courses such as TOPAZ Business Simulation games and International Negotiations, games and role-playing bring theory closer to real-world situations. Throughout the program, you may also be encouraged to participate in international business games and competitions.
Rich Reading Materials and Case Studies
Wide-ranging and perspective-opening reading material accompanies every course, including electronic learning material and readings, most of which is available to the students through the program’s Moodle Platform. Students also have access to AUEB’s electronic journal databases through the central library website using a VPN or university IP address.
Immersion Project and Integrated Impact Project
Through the Immersion Project (Full Time) and Integrated Impact Project (Part Time), students address timely problems that companies and organizations face, and deliver professional analysis reports and presentations as their final graduation requirement. These projects take place during the last three months of studies in the respective program.
A faculty tutor is assigned to all Immersion and Integrated Impact Projects, which count for the Master’s Graduation Project (Διπλωματική Εργασία).
Personal Skills Development (PSD)
This course runs across several periods and focuses on developing leadership, communication, presentation and group dynamics skills. Such skills are as essential in order to succeed in a contemporary business environment as are technical and managerial skills. The PSD course is not graded on the 0-10 scale but is either Pass or Fail, based on attendance, participation in sessions, and performance in assigned work.
The MBA International Program of AUEB is officially accredited (both the Full-Time and Part-Time programs) by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 2005. The AMBA accreditation is the leading accreditation for MBA programs, which have demonstrated their excellence with respect to education, curriculum, pedagogy, innovation, research, and relations with industry. A limited number of schools in Europe have achieved AMBA accreditation, and, especially in Southern Europe, the number of schools is very limited. The accreditation confirms that the MBA International meets or exceeds the highest international standards; it is a guarantee to the students and graduates of the market value of their educational investment internationally, as well as a guarantee to employers concerning the level of their recruits. In November 2013, moreover, the i-MBA received the AMBA MBA Innovation Award for its e-skills curriculum.
Since 1998, the Program has built an impressive international reputation which is reflected in numerous awards and distinctions. Its continued success relies on the commitment of its faculty, student body, and alumni. All these three constituents of the i-MBA family are expected to contribute, each one in its own way, towards the greatest possible improvement of the Program.
As a student, you are welcome to make any constructive comments, proposals, and suggestions for improvement on any aspect of the program at any moment of your studies (including the curriculum, the course content, the teaching effectiveness, the secretarial support, the infrastructure, etc). In parallel to course evaluations, general program evaluations are also conducted. You are also invited to undertake initiatives to raise the Program’s standards and its visibility.
As an alumnus, once you graduate, you are expected to continue to be involved. Through our Alumni Association, your help will be critical in assisting students in matters of career orientation and prospects, networking, and input to the program leadership concerning market needs and program development.