Rethinking the benefits of international Executive Education in the digital era
Online Master / 18 July 2023
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Programme Manager at FS Sustainable World Academy
Andrea Beiter works as Programme Manager at Frankfurt School’s Sustainable World Academy and is responsible for the recruitment and admissions of the Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance. As a training expert she has a proven track record in organising and implementing onsite and online trainings. Andrea gained MSME & financial inclusion experience through managing and implementing various financial sector development training and consulting projects worldwide, specialising in Asia. Last but not least, she is actively delivering training of trainers seminars (ToT) with special focus on building up trainer pools, coaching of new trainers and quality assurance of training delivery.

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There is no doubt that international executive education offers numerous benefits for professionals seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge in a global context. In today’s fast-moving, globalised world, cultural intelligence has become a crucial skill that is not only necessary but also expected. International executive education plays a vital role in equipping participants with the knowledge and skills required to navigate diverse cultural contexts, thereby enhancing their ability to communicate, negotiate, and build relationships across cultures.

However, it’s important to acknowledge that not everyone has the option to pursue international executive education. There are various factors that can limit individuals from taking advantage of these opportunities. For instance, living in a country with restricted travel options, financial constraints that make the cost of travel and education unaffordable, or personal and professional obligations that prevent individuals from leaving home for an extended period.

Redefining International Education in a Post-Pandemic World

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed a significant shift in our perception of the necessity for in-person travel. It has become evident that physical presence may not always be a requirement. As a result, there has been a remarkable surge in the availability of online training options. These advancements have made it possible to pursue international education regardless of geographical location, ranging from short training courses to comprehensive academic programmes such as Master’s degrees.

Comparing the Benefits of Online and Traditional International Education

So, how does that affect the benefits of traditional international education or in other words: does the online version of international training provide the same advantages as physically travelling for education? To explore this further, let’s examine some of the key advantages of international executive education and compare them to the offerings of Frankfurt School’s online Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance (MLSF).

The Power of Global Perspective

International education offers a multitude of advantages, with the global perspective being one of the most significant. It exposes participants to diverse cultures, business practices, and perspectives from around the world. It thereby broadens their understanding of global markets and fosters a more comprehensive view of international business dynamics. While many discussions about international experiences tend to focus on Western markets, exposure to emerging markets can be equally, if not more, beneficial. Understanding emerging markets is increasingly vital as these regions play a significant role in the global business landscape.

Although the MLSF is an online programme, it creates a virtual classroom where challenges and achievements from all corners of the world can be shared. On average, we welcome students from 20 – 30 different countries per intake, allowing for diverse examples and perspectives to be brought to the table. We actively encourage and facilitate the exchange of experiences among peers. Collaborating on solutions with peers fosters a collective problem-solving mindset. This out-of-the-box thinking is crucial for survival and success in today’s rapidly evolving business world.

The Networking Potential

Every executive training is a fantastic Networking Opportunity. Participants have the unique chance to establish a robust network of contacts across borders. Interacting with professionals from different countries and industries can lead to valuable connections, collaborations, and future business opportunities.

While the MLSF can be completed entirely online, we offer an optional two-week on-campus module in Frankfurt. While online forums, discussion rounds, and group work provide opportunities for networking and interacting with fellow students, they cannot fully replicate the benefits of face-to-face meetings. By combining the advantages of online networking with the benefits of in-person connections, the MLSF programme ensures that participants have the best of both worlds in building their professional networks.

International Education Branding

The lack of access to high-level education remains a persistent challenge for many countries, fuelling the demand for internationally recognised education. In today’s job market, standing out and making a lasting impression is crucial. Attending a reputable international executive education programme can significantly enhance an individual’s professional brand and credibility.

Accredited by the Association of MBAs, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management joins the esteemed circle of “Triple Crown” business schools following AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This achievement places us among only four business schools in Germany to earn the Triple Crown distinction. With just 90 business schools worldwide holding triple accreditation, Frankfurt School upholds rigorous standards of excellence.

Whether online or in-person, international executive education empowers professionals to thrive in the globalised business landscape. It equips individuals with essential skills, broadens their perspectives, and facilitates extensive networks, making it a transformative and highly valuable investment in career development.

To learn more about the Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance (MA) – Online, visit our website. We are still accepting students for the Intake 2023. The application deadline is July 31.