5 things you need to know about the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA

The Executive MBA at HEC Lausanne is one of the leading programs of its kind in Europe. We spoke to Fabien Costilhes, Executive MBA Customer Relationship Manager at HEC Lausanne, to hear five things you need to know about the program.

In short

1. You can deepen your knowledge with specialist courses

The Executive MBA program at HEC Lausanne in Switzerland is one of the top-ranked EMBAs in Europe. It comprises 16 core business modules studied over the course of 16 months, which give students the chance to expand their knowledge of the business fundamentals. Students will also be able to explore an area of their choice in greater detail.

“An Executive MBA is by nature a generalist program,” Fabien says. “We at HEC Lausanne give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge with two additional [focus areas], in either healthcare management or corporate finance.” (00:19)

2. It offers a good work-life balance

Executive MBAs are targeted at professionals who already have several years of work experience. That means a lot of EMBA candidates look for a program that they can study without leaving their current role, as well as being able to fit it around their other commitments in life. According to Fabien, the EMBA at HEC Lausanne is no different.

“Our program is designed to meet the needs of balancing your personal, professional and study agendas,” he says. “Classes take place at our campus in Lausanne every second week, Friday and Saturday all day.” (00:34)

3. It gives you essential skills and powers your professional development

Having been established back in 1911, HEC Lausanne have long been pioneers in the field of business education – and they continue to innovate today. Fabien explains the unique skills modules they offer as part of the EMBA program.

“Among the very first to do so in Europe, we have created essential skills modules, individual and group coaching, mindfulness workshops, and career management series help you develop throughout your learning journey,” he explains. (00:59)

4. The teaching is insightful and relevant

In order to stay relevant as a business school, it’s important to move with the times and stay on top of current trends. In the case of HEC Lausanne, they benefit from regular guest speakers from the business community and case studies that reflect modern business challenges.

“Our professors are active contributors within the international business community. They make the best use of their research and do not hesitate to invite guest speakers. They also include case studies to provide participants with practical teaching and up-to-date content,” adds Fabien. (01:14)

5. There is a strong alumni network in Switzerland

Switzerland is a global hotspot for business education. Its universities and business schools are among the best in the world, which has created a thriving alumni network in the country and surrounding area. Fabien explains how HEC Lausanne leverages its alumni network to benefit current students.

“Our alumni network is very active in the Swiss and European economic framework,” Fabien tells us. “Gatherings, conferences and events are regularly organized in Switzerland to connect or catch-up [with fellow alumni.” (01:31)

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