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Mobile-first MBAs? The top international executives making a radical choice

Studying for an MBA is a major commitment, especially if you're a busy professional. But a pioneering new business school is taking a radical approach to higher education; one that offers you financial savings, a new level of flexibility, and a global network in the palm of your hand. It has also proven to accelerate its students' career progress.

Mobile-first MBAs? The top international executives making a radical choice
Photo: Katja Smith

Quantic School of Business and Technology is the world’s first accredited mobile-first business school. Its MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) allow students, most of whom continue working full-time during their studies, to learn from any device, anywhere, anytime.

It’s what attracts senior decision-makers such as Luciano Bottoni, of Capgemini Engineering, and high-level managers who are working parents like Katja Smith, of Google. 

Students like Luciano and Katja can access a global network of savvy decision-makers (both classmates and alumni), while an innovative tuition model has resulted in one in three having earned their degree for free. Luciano’s employer covered the cost of his tuition fees because it was the right investment for the company and for him. “I think the price is the right one,” he says.

Ready to learn and grow? Apply for the app-based MBA or Executive MBA program by 23 September

Goodbye passive learning

Many online educational tools rely on traditional lecture-based learning and video presentations by professors. If you feel this isn’t what you need to boost your career in the 2020s, you’re not alone. 

Interactive app-based learning with Quantic is different. You’ll be prompted to engage with the material about every eight seconds, plus you’ll get instant feedback to help you learn from any mistakes you make.

“You can’t just passively look at it because it will not go to the next page,” says Luciano, an Italian who works as a Business Division Director at Capgemini Engineering in Germany. Before the pandemic, he would take advantage of Quantic’s mobile-first platform to study on a train while commuting. “For my kind of life and work, it’s really perfect,” he says.


Katja Smith & Luciano Bottoni (Photos: Supplied)

Making top class connections

Whether you study the MBA or the Executive MBA (which includes advanced courses designed for mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs), your classmates for the next 13 months will come from every industry.

Many studied at top universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford, and work for leading companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google. More than 150 Google managers have enrolled in Quantic, including mother-of-two Katja, an industry manager based in Berlin.

Katja, part of the EMBA class of August 2021, says she’s been surprised to find so many of her Quantic peers on LinkedIn working at great companies. “I’m definitely going to make use of the network,” she adds.

The EMBA attracts many people working in STEM, social sciences, and the tech industry. You can easily connect with current students and alumni (across almost 150 countries) within the app through filtering searches by industry or interests.

The extensive network allows students to collaborate with faculty and classmates, attend exclusive conferences around the world, participate in in-person and virtual meet-ups, and gives students access to research advisors and résumé consultants. Some Quantic students have even gone on to start companies together. 

Can you see yourself as an innovator of the future? Enrol in the MBA or Executive MBA that you can complete anywhere, from your smartphone, by September 23

Cutting students’ costs 

Both Luciano and Katja say the EMBA is providing clear benefits for themselves and their employers. Luciano, an engineer who is now a senior executive, says it helps him with strategic decisions involving both economics and people. For Katja, the breadth of the EMBA has given her a “different perspective” on her employer’s business that goes far beyond her client-facing role.

So what about the cost? Tuition for both the MBA and the EMBA is just US$9,600 and Quantic is continuing to invest in more ways to lower costs to students, with a larger mission of democratizing elite higher education. This tuition innovation is thanks both to companies funding the costs for their employees, as well as a tuition model that sees students’ costs offset as companies pay to recruit from Quantic’s career network.

Have you got business dreams that you want to make a reality? Quantic is the smartphone MBA and Executive MBA that goes wherever you are

Watch the video below for more insights from Luciano and Katja

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EDUCATION

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'
ETH's main hall. Photo by Zurich.ch

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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