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The English-speaking programme is module based and splits into two parts. It is comprised of a MAS and a MBA programme. The whole MAS programme lasts about 16 months. The basic study module and the other parts of the course are carried out in block form.
The course is designed as an "Executive Programme" specifically for managers and entrepreneurs. The programme communicates the specific knowledge, experience and skills needed for managing businesses on a global scale.
Modern information and communication technology for teaching and learning purposes is used ( i. e. Internet on-line discussion, business simulations and video conferences ) and simultaneously enhances the methodological competence of the participants in this area.
The teaching for the basic study takes place either at the University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz or at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Dornbirn, as well as at Schloss Hofen, Lochau. The module is normally taught from Thursday afternoon through to Saturday afternoon, with a module being completed every two to three weeks.
The extended course is organised and provided by the partner universities
( St. Petersburg, 1 week / Cheltenham, 3 weeks / Shanghai/Hangzhou, 1 week ).
The programme encourages specific knowledge, experiences and behaviour for international working managers and their enterprises, delivers cross cultural knowledge and offers top managers excellent international perspectives for the future. The programme and its world class lecturers provide the participants the necessary tools for business challenges.
Stimulating lectures, team work and the exchange of experience are constituents of the MAS/MBA "International Management" programme. A strategic analysis and the construction of a business plan are additional benefits for the students and their organisations.
The Forum of Excellence, business visits, and cultural events encourage cultural awareness as well as very important and useful networking. After the completion of the programme, the students will join a network of alumni of the programme working in diverse companies and institutions around the world.
MAS - Part:
Basic Course Programme
In the first semester the introduction, orientation-courses and the basic courses (9 Modules) take place in Liechtenstein and Austria. The Basic Course ensures that basic knowledge is imparted, and consists of 9 modules with approximately 200 lectures, and additional self-study equivalent to about 22 lectures per module. The courses are conceived of lectures with seminar-character.
The methodologies of the courses are theoretical inputs, individual-, and group work, case studies, guided discussions, role games, presentations, sharing experiences, self reflecting and evaluation, videos, simulation games and forums of excellence.
At the end of the modules the students have to compose a structure of a strategy analysis based on a case study, or they have to compose an assignment or essay. In addition, learning results are revised by lecturers during lectures time by setting tasks and giving feedback.
The Nine Modules
Module 1 | Strategic Management and Management Science
Module 2 | International Management
Module 3 | International Marketing
Module 4 | Cultural Aspects
Module 5 | Leadership and Management
Module 6 | International Finance & Accounting
Module 7 | Supply Chain Management
Module 8 | Human Resources Management
Module 9 | Business Process Management
The extended courses - Study Abroad
The extended study ( amounting to about 180 lectures and additional self-study ) takes place at the partner universities in St. Petersburg, Cheltenham and Shanghai. Basic knowledge is consolidated and applied in terms of case studies, personal contacts and company visits. The idiosyncratic market conditions in Great Britain, Eastern Europe and Asia are experienced.
The study visits provide an opportunity to become familiar with aspects of different cultures, as well as to get to know about the different ways in which companies do business. The study visits are completed by assessed assignments respectively.
MBA - Part
The MBA-course requires that further modules have to be covered and the preparation of an MBA-Thesis is mandatory. The associate University concerned will define the specifications in each particular case. Successful participants will receive the academic degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) as conferred by the partner university concerned.
The MBA-course at the University of Gloucestershire Business School is organised as a flexible part-time study ( Two one-week-trips ; modules of instruction and self-study plus production of the Master-Thesis ) and lasts about 12 months (part-time).