This is also, according to the "Perspektywy" national ranking, the best program of this type in Poland. For 30 years it has been appreciated by Polish managers and increasingly attracts foreigners.
KU belongs to an elite group of business schools with the three most important international accreditations: EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The latter accreditation is mainly dedicated to MBA studies and confirms the high quality of the program and its didactics. On October 26th, 2020, The learning outcomes at Kozminski has been appreciated by the Global Executive MBA ranking published by "Financial Times". Kozminski University was ranked 63rd in the top 100 universities taken under consideration as part of this ranking, being also the only university from Poland. In the ranking there are still only Russian universities from Central and Eastern Europe - IBS Moscow was placed 52nd and the University of St. Petersburg was placed 93rd.
- Already some time ago we became the leading center of managerial education in the region. Our study programs are adapted to modern, extremely demanding conditions, determined, among others, by the pandemic and digitalization. Our Executive MBA program is also conducted in Belarus. Every year in Minsk, we start studies with Kozminski, and we already have a large group of graduates there. More and more foreigners take up the Executive MBA program at our university, for them we have a program fully conducted in English - says Sylwia Hałas-Dej, Kozminski Executive Business School Director.
The "Financial Times" ranking presents the best Executive MBA 2020 programs from all around the world. American universities dominate the ranking, 28 of which have been included in it. From Western Europe, 45 institutions were included in the ranking, most of them French. Other distinguished programs are conducted among others in China, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia and South Africa. Today, the most successful universities in the managerial education are those from Asia (7 programs in the top ten), which usually operate in partnership with Western universities. The winner of the ranking HKUST from Hong Kong has a partner in the form of the well-known American school Kellogg in Chicago.
The ranking is based on questionnaires collected by the editorial staff of "FT" from program graduates and information obtained from universities. What matters most is the career development after graduation, measured by the amount of earnings and promotion to managerial positions.
Those who are beginning their MBA studies this year decided to use the time of the pandemic crisis to improve their qualifications and speed up their careers. In the new academic year, Kozminski University launched simultaneously as many as 4 different MBA programs - two Executive and two specialized.
What is the phenomenon of great interest in Executive MBA programs during the pandemic?
- There are several reasons - explains Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek, Rector of our University. - First of all, our reality is changing rapidly, which requires a different, modern look at business and economic processes. Secondly, the great value of Executive MBA studies is the quality of interpersonal contacts, which in the case of people with an established professional position pays off in the form of exchange of mutual experiences. Thirdly, in case of Kozminski University, the achievements and reputation of the university are decisive - our staff supports with their knowledge and experience the development of top managers studying on the Executive MBA program.
- During my MBA studies at Kozminski I met wonderful people. Our group of graduates stick together, we exchange opinions, help each other to solve professional problems, we do it kindly and ethically. There is no competition between us. The studies met my expectations, and additionally gave a solid dose of motivation - recalls Marta Kowalczyk-Rompała, graduate of the 53rd Executive MBA at KU. Currently we are recruiting for the 60th edition of the program, which will start in the spring of 2021.
Organizing studies in the remote learning system is a serious challenge for the university, especially in relation to the EMBA program, which is difficult and includes 600 didactic hours within a year and a half. Students usually spend a week in Berlin at the partner university ESCP Business School, where they are introduced to innovative German companies. This year's trip was postponed until spring 2021. - When the epidemic situation allows for this element of the program, we will provide the students with the opportunity to join the same trip with every other year when they can travel freely," explains Sylwia Hałas-Dej.