Developing stronger educational links between Ipswich and the Netherlands

Dr Will Thomas, deputy head of Suffolk Business School at UCS

Dr Will Thomas, deputy head of Suffolk Business School at UCS - Credit: Archant

University Campus Suffolk strengthens international links by offering the Maastricht Executive MBA

University Campus Suffolk (UCS) have formalised links with the Maastricht School of Management (MSM), the number two Business School in the Netherlands, ranked 28 worldwide by Eduniversal.

As part of its Internationalisation Strategy UCS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dutch institution in July 2015. This has now been followed up with an agreement to offer the Maastricht Executive MBA at UCS in Ipswich which will also include two residential in Maastricht. Making the right connections and building networks are the two of the most valuable features of this qualification and this MBA will deliver. The first intake is scheduled for the autumn.

Stuart Bannerman, Director of International at UCS, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring managers in the East to embark on a top ranked Executive MBA (EMBA) with the confidence that it is fully accredited by three international business accrediting bodies and will be recognised by employers worldwide. There will be a number of specialist streams and we are currently looking at Energy, Healthcare and Sport amongst others before we make the final choice of electives.”

Visiting from Maastricht the Dean, Professor Wim Naudé, said: “Bringing together one of the oldest business schools in the Netherlands and of the youngest university operations in the UK has resulted in the development of a unique partnership that combines solid business tradition and international accreditation with entrepreneurial energy and opportunity.”


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Dr Will Thomas, Deputy Head of Suffolk Business School at University Campus Suffolk, added: “Our ambition at the Suffolk Business School is to provide business ready graduates and we are delighted to be partnering with the Maastricht School of Management in offering the Executive MBA.”

Stuart Bannerman added: “In addition to the EMBA, UCS will assist Maastricht in delivering a health management programme for those working in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health which will help deliver a better service in the participating countries.”

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To find out more about the Maastricht Executive MBA at UCS telephone 01473 338833 or visit the Maastricht School of Management website www.msm.nl/the-maastrichtmba/

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