In terms of timing and topic, special emphasis is put on ensuring that there is a thematic link between the guest lecture (and, thus, the distinguished guest speaker's sphere of activity) and the subjects covered in class. The purpose of these events is to help our students realize the practical relevance and significance of what they have learned. They get to know organizations from a wide range of industries, and the real-world insights and best practices that the distinguished guest speakers share with them perfectly complement the solid academic foundation of the Professional MBA Finance. A lecture lasts about 90 minutes and is typically followed by an informal cocktail reception, meaning there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and engage in a lively exchange of ideas and opinions with the distinguished guest speaker. In the past, our students received not only valuable subject-matter input but also many useful career tips on these occasions.
A fireplace chat is a huge opportunity for students to listen and indeed to participate in a discussion to see that the real world outcomes are influenced by theory but there are twists along the way. Students will benefit in a way that no normal classroom lecture can provide because students see concepts discussed in a conversational manner which makes the concepts more meaningful and easier to relate to. I enjoyed having a stimulating conversation with the industry speaker and the students.
As the following list shows, we have been privileged to welcome distinguished guest speakers from a varied range of industries, positions and countries to the Professional MBA Finance:
The distinguished guest speaker events of the MBA Finance are key: at these events, I can see how the theory taught in the modules is used in practice, and that is what is most interesting for the MBA students.
The distinguished guest speaker events of the Professional MBA Finance provide the very rare opportunity to learn directly from renowned business leaders. The areas covered by the guest speakers are aligned to the curriculum of the MBA, ensuring an excellent transfer from theory into practice. In addition, the receptions after the guest speaker presentations are outstanding opportunities to ask related questions to the guest speakers and expand one´s personal business network.
Andrey Korablev, MBA
Thank you for your very structured program and distinguished tutors and guest speakers. You did great efforts to make our program practical, interesting and memorable. I am happy I have chosen the Professional MBA Finance of WU Executive Academy.