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Having relevant work experience is essential for your CV but how do you acquire it, especially when you are a student? Simple: by learning and by doing as is the norm for students at EU Business School. The Local caught up with one recent graduate who has reaped the benefits of an international education at EU Business School.

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Mykhailo Sydorenko (28) made the move from his native Ukraine to Germany to study his MBA at the EU Business School campus in Munich. With affiliations with top universities around the world and a challenging academic program, it was a natural fit for Mykhailo.

“I had already got a master’s degree in economics in Kiev but I knew that if I wanted to have an international career in business then I needed to go abroad and get a foreign education. The MBA program appealed to me as it covered a lot of aspects that were essential for me in my future professional development,” he tells The Local.  

Photo: Mykhailo Sydorenko

Since being founded in 1973, EU Business School has earned a reputation for academic excellence. With campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux and Munich as well as one online, the school boasts a truly international environment with 95 percent of the students coming from abroad.

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All courses are taught in English with EU Business School offering foundation, bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, DBA, and further education programs. Among their business focus areas are communications, tourism management, international business, marketing, finance, digital business, entrepreneurship and business administration.

During their studies, students are given the option to transfer between EU's four campuses, while internships are encouraged as part of the MBA program. Getting hands-on experience in the workplace was a major part in Mykhailo in deciding to make the move overseas.

Photo: EU Business School's Munich campus

“While studying at EU Business School, I used the opportunity to do internships. I did two internships and they were both very useful in terms of helping me decide what I did and didn't want to do,” he says.

After enrolling in the MBA program in 2014, which was run in partnership with the University of Roehampton in the UK, Mykhailo began an internship with German bank HypoVereinsbank followed by an internship at GE Healthcare.

“Doing the internships helped me understand in what direction I wanted to go as my intention was to get into corporate finance. I was fortunate that I got a lot of responsibility in my internship doing financial planning and analysis and was directly responsible for reporting for a whole DACH region,” says Mykhailo.

Learning by doing aka 'experiential learning' is a cornerstone of the EU Business School methodology. In its 45 years, the school has established connections to multiple businesses and has had access to some of the top business brains in the world.

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Students are given the chance to pick the minds of guest speakers who come to the campuses and there are company visits to international organisations. Previous guest speakers have included Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Emeritus Chairman of Nestlé) and the late former UN Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Photo: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

For Mykhailo, the core academic program was particularly interesting and different to what he was used to back home.

“In Ukraine the education was quite theoretical. In the MBA program at EU Business School the business cases were most valuable in terms of practical application in my daily work and the professors, who worked there, were also involved in various companies and shared their valuable practical experience with us,” he says.

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After graduating, Mykhailo took up a position in Audit of Financial Services with one of the “Big Four”, multinational professional services giant KPMG, before moving to British accountancy and business advisory firm Baker Tilly located in Munich. Indeed, 93% of students from EU Business School accept a job offer within six months of graduation.

Now firmly established in Munich, his decision to study at EU Business School has yielded a valuable dividend in the shape of his recent promotion to a senior position at Baker Tilly working in audit and advisory.

“Doing the course has definitely helped me get a great job. The MBA program was excellent and my classmates came from all over the world, which gives you a new perspective on things. Some of them stayed in Germany and found jobs, while others went home and got good jobs,” says Mykhailo.

He adds, “And Munich is a great city to live in. It gives broad opportunities to develop your business career.”

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by EU Business School.


Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the ‘best university in continental Europe’

A new international survey of universities has ranked Zurich’s Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) the highest in the world outside the US and the UK. How does this school excel?

Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the 'best university in continental Europe'
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The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 have placed ETH in the 15th place (out of 1,600 surveyed worldwide). The school dropped from the 14th-place ranking the previous year.

Universities in the United Kingdom and the United States hold all of the top rankings ahead of ETH Zurich.

But as the top 14 are not in continental Europe, this means ETH has the unofficial title of the of best in Europe.

What is ETH and what does it do?

It is a public research university focusing exclusively on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

It has a “sister” school located in Lausanne, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), which specialises in natural sciences and engineering. 

The EPFL ranked in the 40th place in the survey.

Why has ETH scored so high in the study?

“Our strategy is derived from our federal mandate to conduct fundamental research, train specialists and transfer new knowledge to the economy and society,” said ETH President Joël Mesot.

University ranking methodology is based on scores for high-​level indicators relating to teaching, research, international perspective, and collaboration with industry.

“ETH’s overall scores show improvement in teaching, research, and publication citations”, the university’s rankings expert Paul Cross said.

However, it dropped slightly in terms of industry income and international outlook.

“Competition is fierce at the top tier of the rankings”, Cross noted. 

Here are some interesting facts about ETH:

  • It was founded in 1855 by the Swiss government to train engineers and scientists.
  • Today 18,000 students from over 100 different countries study at ETZ, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students.
  • So far, 21 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers who have or had a connection with ETH Zurich.
  • While tuition in the top-ranking schools in the UK — Oxford and Cambridge — costs well over 10,000 francs each year, and in the in the US universities, such as Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Caltech, the annual tuition exceeds 50,000 a year, at ETH it is 1,460 francs.

In all, Switzerland is home to seven of the world’s top universities. Aside from ETH and EPFL, they are University of Zurich (75th place), University of Bern (101st), Universities of Basel and Geneva (103rd), University of Lausanne (176th).

Complete ranking can be seen here.

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