The EMBA course at IHU was an amazing learning experience.
The excellent academic staff, the well-designed syllabus and the diversity (cultural and business) of the fellow students increased my ability, as an executive, in understanding matters and in making educated decisions – having a clearer view of the underlying factors affecting today’s complex business environment.
I recommend the course not only to executives but also to ambitious middle-level managers of today’s corporations that are hoping to excel.
Christos Pantazis, Executive MBA
COO, Credit Agricole Bulgaria
What are your comments regarding how the Executive MBA programme helped you?
I strongly believe that the Executive MBA programme represents an excellent opportunity given to the participants to develop critical thinking and communication skills, while getting acquainted with the best academic papers and business practices. All these represent fundamental assets towards career development.
Do you have any advice for new graduates?
Dritan Mustafai, Executive MBA, Tirana, Albania,
Deputy General Manager, Credit Agricole Albania
What have been the features that you enjoy the most during the programme?
How can the IHU Executive MBA help a high level executive?
What is your advice to the prospective MBA students?
Nikos Garakis, Executive MBA,
When the opportunity arose to join the Executive MBA program at International Hellenic University I seized upon it as a great way to further my education, an opportunity that would not only provide me with the qualifications but also with the knowledge to excel professionally and personally in any demanding position.
To date, the program has been intense and demanding, yet rewarding. Even though the program is challenging it is also flexible; the modular structure enables me to apply what I learnt immediately.
The professors I met in the EMBA program so far were exceptional, able to push me and my classmates beyond the boundaries of our traditional thought process and guide us through a wide variety of challenging and exciting business topics, appropriate to be applied in my career.
The members of my class come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds; this makes for interesting discussions and lively debates and teaches you that there is always more than one side to an issue. Without a doubt, the EMBA program at IHU is a top quality experience in every aspect.
Diana Popescu, Executive MBA, Bucharest, Romania
Regional Manager, Banca Romaneasca
What have been the features that you have enjoyed the most during the programme?
I started this program with quite high expectations and I can sincerely say they were fulfilled. Being a member of this IHU program surely increases my creativity level.
How can the IHU Executive MBA help a high level executive in the banking sector?
The main point here seems to be the ability to practice the knowledge gained in our theoretical sessions during students’ discussions afterwards. The fact that some of my colleagues have no connection with the banking sector allows me to take an outsider’s look into the matter and refreshes my attitude to some tasks.
What is your advice to the prospective MBA students?
Do not be afraid of taking the risk! Sometimes it may seem infeasible to combine your work and studies of this kind, but it’s really worth it. The knowledge is broad and your sacrifice should pay off soon. Another profit is getting to know people of various countries, professions and cultures – it surely brings in a lot of bright, new ideas and creative thinking, as well as contacts which can be essential for our future development!
Vasil Shpata, Executive MBA
Deputy Network Manager, Alpha Bank, Albania
The IHU Executive MBA has been an experience worth remembering. I consider this experience an on-going one and not so much a historical event, because the knowledge and conceptualizations that all students had the opportunity to acquire, during the two years of the Programme, are always both in use and of great value in everyday business reality.
The IHU Executive MBA brings authentic inspiration to its students as it is a University that stands for important values with respect to its approach to teaching, administration and community events. Despite the fact that I joined the program at the age of 36 with a long standing experience in private Education, I honestly found the whole program a truly useful credential for any professional to seek, because the whole program functioned as a valid audit of know-how and managerial skills, even after years of experience.
My advice to prospective students is to follow this path, to experience the tough days of hard studying, together with the satisfaction of accomplishment that an MBA can convey to its graduates.
All in all it is worth travelling this road !!
Panos Polychroniadis, Executive MBA
Network Educational Group, Director, Junior Partner
The IHU Executive MBA has been a very challenging and entertaining experience. The program has changed my way of thinking and making business decisions in the complex business environment of today. The carefully-designed courses along with the guidance from great professors have contributed to understanding better the underlying factors behind any decision made in everyday business, making thus the program valuable to any kind of entrepreneur.
Especially for a freelance engineer such as myself, the IHU EMBA offered knowledge in areas such as finance or marketing that were applicable right away in my everyday practice.
What is more, the environment of creativity and cooperation that was built between my fellow students led to new business ideas and ventures, which we are currently working on.
I would advise anyone thinking about an MBA to choose the IHU, as it combines focus on excellence, great diversity of participants and great resources.
Dimitris Touliopoulos, Executive MBA
Freelance Electrical & Computer Engineer
The journey through the IHU Executive MBA Program was undoubtedly an enriching and rewarding experience.
Τhe IHU MBA allows for the keen students to attain a global perspective of the business world and enrich their experience by interacting with staff and fellow students of distinct, multifarious personalities.
Its approach to general management education achieves a holistic type of learning, equipping the students with the tools and capability to become better decision-makers.
I would definitely recommend the IHU Executive MBA program to those who seek a well-rounded education, as it is enhanced with the necessary coursework and networking options to create the proper foundation for the achievement of their professional ambitions. It is an investment that pays major professional dividends.
Efstathios Chatzidimitriou, Executive MBA
Internal Auditor, Steelmet SA - Viohalco Group
They say an MBA is the ultimate tool for advancing one’s career, develop business expertise and acquire all sorts of new skills. And they are right! All of the above is true! Through this program I acquired knowledge in fields that were completely unknown to me up to that point, I developed new competencies and enhanced old ones.
The new-found skills and expertise give me a strong competitive advantage in my line of work as a lawyer, since I am now better equipped to function effectively in the business world and at the same time I feel I have the qualifications to explore new paths in my professional life and maybe even attempt a career change.
And while these are the obvious benefits, the more I reflect on this two-year journey, the more I realize that the most valuable of all benefits was the insight I gained on myself. The IHU Executive MBA helped me to evolve as a person by enabling me to discover new potential in myself and at the same time it provided me with a lens through which, now, I approach both my personal and my professional life, a lens of possibilities.
Ioanna Barbi, Executive MBA
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How can the IHU Executive MBA help an engineer?
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Alexander Baliktsis, Executive MBA,
Deciding about a master’s program in just two weeks would seem like a rushed decision to everyone. However, now, one year into the program, I can firmly state that it was one of the most worthy decisions I could make about my post-graduate education. The rigor and diversity of the subjects I have learned so far, coupled with the passion for academic excellence of world-renowned lecturers have helped me through personal paradigm shifts, which have changed my vision about my role not only in the organization I work for, but also in society as a whole.
As a banking lawyer by profession, thanks to finance and economics classes, I have gained skills and abilities that have enhanced my understanding of complex inter-disciplinary issues in my job, such as finding solutions to mitigate legal and financial risks at the same time.
Roden Pajaj Executive MBA, Tirana, Albania
Head of HR, Bank of Albania
What have been the features that you enjoyed the most during the programme?
How can the IHU Executive MBA help an engineer?
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Elton Gjika, Executive MBA,
How can you combine an already developing career with postgraduate studies of high level when you are living in Southeastern Europe? While all top business schools were being located in the west, IHU came to give us a solution with its EMBA program.
Every course is a unique experience and the environment is such that you are feeling a student only when you have to take an exam or complete an assignment. I am one of those who investigated much prior to applying to IHU and what I can sincerely say after having completed almost one fourth of the courses is that the choice was wise: "International Hellenic University - a missing piece in the educational puzzle of Southeastern Europe"
Sotiris Giakoumis, Executive MBA, Sofia, Bulgaria
Being an EMBA student at IHU gave me time and opportunity to reflect on my current professional experience and analyze my relations with colleagues and management. Bringing theory and practice together helped me to master my efficiency and performance by applying more functional approach at my work. Moreover, the acquisition of critical analytical and interpersonal skills enhanced my confidence when dealing with managerial matters.
Apart from studying and networking with the other students, I was also able to enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient city with plenty of landmarks, museums and architectural sites. I would hearty recommend taking a walk on the seafront with the White Tower, for instance.
In my opinion, it is worth taking a breath of the Thessaloniki air as well as studying the EMBA at IHU.
Aleksandar Todorov, Executive MBA, Bulgaria
H aving had in the past the opportunity to experience studies both in a public Greek University and a UK Business School, I would proudly recommend IHU to anyone, as a Greek University organized according to European Standards with committed personnel, excellent technical infrastructure and visiting teachers, who are indeed experts in their field of knowledge.
The executive MBA is a really demanding program that requires a lot of devoted time from the student's side, though not only for theoretical knowledge but mostly for practical exercises. This makes it even more challenging and it pays you quickly off, as you can shortly catch yourself in your work practicing what you have learned.
The whole student experience in IHU becomes even more pleasant due to the sense of community that is being built among co-students and the University's personnel as well. My co-students are all young people with high educational and professional backgrounds and I enjoy hanging out with them. The University's personnel are also very kind and professional and are really dedicated in making our busy student life as easier as possible.
Tziriti Ioanna, Executive MBA, Greece
Long before I made the decision to start the IHU Executive MBA programme, I made contacts with representatives of many MBA programmes and I settled on the IHU for three main reasons:
In the process I discovered a lot more, such as the diversity of the backgrounds of my classmates, their difference of origin, the assignment design and many other elements, that made understand that I had made the right choice.
All these combined to give a complete learning experience, providing methods to create new skills and enhance others, providing all the necessary tools and knowledge to a freelance engineer to develop his business. Moreover, all the new acquaintances create a very promising environment for new collaborations, new business and job opportunities.
Andreou Konstantinos-Leontios, Executive MBA
I recently completed my MSc in Banking and Finance at the International Hellenic University. The IHU is an institution that brings together cultures from all around the world. This multicultural environment has broadened my horizons and really changed my view about various things. During my studies, I also appreciated being taught by professors with real-world experience, ready to equip us to confront real situations in our future careers. All courses were well-structured while the different methods of assessment ensured that they were both challenging and purposeful.
In addition, the IHU is an institution committed to academic excellence via investing in tools for research such as databases and special seminars. The contribution of the IHU Career Office in developing one's talents is also admirable. Careers Office activities and seminars gave me the opportunity to gain instruction from professionals on developing my communication and analytical thinking skills.
My advice to prospective students is that the International Hellenic University is definitely the right choice for further education, as long as quality education is your preference.
Antonios Chantziaras MSc in Banking & Finance, Greece,
Studying at the International Hellenic University provided me the unique chance to experience Greece not only from the vacation perspective. The most attractive factor for me is studying in an international environment on a very high educational level since I consider the international aspect of postgraduate education as vital for future career prospects.
I am absolutely convinced that doing my master degree abroad, particularly here in Thessaloniki, was one of the best decisions of my life as I have met amazing people and as I enjoy every single day of living in Greece, a country with impressive landscape, culture, atmosphere and people!
Sophie Stoppacher (MSc in Management), Austria
Nowadays, it is highly recommended that one put their money in investments of guaranteed return. Thus, it is my firm belief that joining the MSc in Banking and Finance of the International Hellenic University will prove to be a successful investment move.
First of all, studying at the International Hellenic University has given me opportunities to work alone and as a part of a team, realizing the importance of each case. Moreover, I learned to regard time management as a key to success, since it helped me very much to get high degrees and gain valuable experience from writing papers on time.
Apart from the academic gain from attending this university, I also had the chance to live in a diversified student community and come in contact with people from all around the world. I consider this among the most valuable experiences a person can obtain, since one gets the chance to widen one’s scope, become independent and fully develop one's talents and abilities.
All in all, to my mind, getting a postgraduate degree in Banking and Finance will provide me with all the necessary tools for either claiming a workplace or going forward to the research field.
Nikos Tsileponis (MSc in Banking & Finance), Greece
The quality of the studies at the IHU is of the highest level thanks to inspiring professors. It gives me a different perspective and deeper evaluation of Management in comparison to what I have been taught in the past.
Additionally, it's a pleasure to live in a city like Thessaloniki.
Sabit Assanov (MSc in Management), Kazakhstan
After taking my first degree in social sciences, which was a programme of study general in nature, and after working as a sales manager, I decided I wanted to specialize in management and also combine it with the opportunity to enhance my English language skills.
Learning to study at the International Hellenic University at the age of 22 was a bit of a challenge at first as I had to deal with both a new subject that I had not studied before and the difficulty of the foreign language. However, the staff was very friendly and helpful, willing to inform me about the courses and how I could use important resources such as the library and the computer systems.
The reason that attracted me most to the IHU was not only the facilities that provide plenty of space for studying and spending our time pleasantly, but the opportunity to get in touch and cooperate with people from different countries and origins and all these in my country!
There is no doubt that I have become more confident and more successful in my efforts related to business science. It is a motivation for me to start my career as a professional individual ready to deal with any challenges I may face in the future.
Sofia Zempiliadou (MSc in Management), Greece
I consider this MSc in Banking & Finance at International Hellenic University… a "must". If you want to deal with the field of economics and finance in a more scientific way and attain all that theoretical background, this is definitely the course you must apply for. I must also admit that I was really impressed by the quality of the faculty, the environment of the university and the events and workshops that are organized on a regular basis. I am sure that you will find this post-graduate program very promising and it will help you to become a confident and mature professional.
Lazaros Ioannidis (MSc in Banking and Finance), Greece
Being an international Master's student at IHU gives me more than just a high quality education, because all the students are encouraged to develop their critical and analytical thinking and leadership skills to prepare them for an international career. International Hellenic University provides its students with a strong educational program, the best professors, access to Bloomberg, Thomson and other databases, high-quality literature and course materials.
IHU staff is always ready to give any necessary information and help. If you have any problems, you can contact the Secretary of your program and for sure they will help you to find the right solution.
Here you have a lot of opportunities not just to participate in the events organized by the University Staff such as MATLAB seminar, Interactive Career workshops, but also offer and realize your own ideas, become part of improvement and changes!
Nadiia Goroshchuk (MSc in Banking & Finance), Ukraine
Getting a Master degree at the IHU was a challenging opportunity to broaden my knowledge in management and to achieve my further career ambitions.
The University provides us with well-equipped study facilities, all professors are highly qualified and experienced, we were usually involved in airing our views at the meetings with the recognized speakers.
Moreover, studying in an international environment gives plenty of advantages, such as cultural and knowledge exchange. Apart from these advantages, Greece is the perfect country to study and live in, with its great weather, beautiful landscape and friendly people. All these factors led me to choose the International Hellenic University and I think it was the right choice.
Lyazzat Sharipova (MSc in Management), Kazakhstan
Interesting and challenging academic curricula, talented and inspiring professors, strong and competitive colleagues - in contrast with the relaxing and beautiful surroundings of the city (Thessaloniki) makes this experience truly unforgettable.
Much more than acquiring impressive amounts of knowledge and developing from the human point of view - it was an important piece of our memory that will add up to our evolving maturity and cultural heritage following us in everything that we want to do in the future.
Victoria Kulikovski (MSc in Management), Moldova
IHU's MSc Program helps prepare young professionals for the business environment through the use of relevant curriculum, individual attention from experienced professors and an uncompromising learning environment.
The qualities of the professors that I interact with are beyond compare and have been challenging me to think critically. Being lectured by a highly committed faculty, who shared their professional experiences, was a great added value to the course and I particularly appreciate that the bulk of the program was taught by senior faculty who flew in for the duration of each lesson.
The courses are very current and reflect the modern trends in the Industry. Another distinguishing feature of the program is the students attending, many of them coming from different industry, country and discipline.
Evangelos Kazakis (MSc in Banking & Finance), Greece