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Gepubliceerd op: 7 januari 2013
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Functie: Maud de By, Marketing Communications Officer
Organisatie: Maastricht School of Management


Empowering people and organizations for a sustainable society

Located in Europe, but an established global player for more than 60 years, Maastricht School of Management (MsM) knows how much good management matters for success. Empowerment through management education, that's the purpose of MsM's educational programs. MsM is a passionate champion of social, environmental and business sustainability. The international students in MsM's programs are trained to become responsible and effective managers, making lasting contributions to their organizations and societies.

MBA Students support World Food ProgramLocated in Europe, but an established global player for more than 60 years, Maastricht School of Management (MsM) knows how much good management matters for success. Empowerment through management education, that's the purpose of MsM's educational programs. MsM is a passionate champion of social, environmental and business sustainability. The international students in MsM's programs are trained to become responsible and effective managers, making lasting contributions to their organizations and societies.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business Ethics are hence an integral part of the MBA curriculum. It includes an annual CSR seminar during which MsM's international students interact with representatives from the top international business community on CSR topics and best practices. In the 10th edition of this seminar in 2012 MsM MBA students engaged in workshops and dialogues with representatives from various international organizations and companies including Triodos, ING, Stamicarbon, Shell and Heineken.

MsM MBA Students support World Food Program

Not only MsM promotes corporate social responsibility; its students do as well. In June 2012 a few MsM MBA students and the MsM CareerCenter took the initiative to cooperate with the chemical company DSM to support their activities of the World Food Program (WFP). WFP, part of the United Nations system, is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. DSM joined forces with WFP to form the "Improving Nutrition, Improving Lives" partnership to use its expertise for the benefit of feeding the planet's poorest people. MsM and its very international student body feel strongly connected to the mission of WFP. Many of the students come from countries where there is still hunger and malnutrition.

In this context the students developed two initiatives:

  • Awareness sessions for secondary school pupils in Maastricht
  • Participate as a volunteer in the DSM Bright experience fair

MsM students originating from countries where WFP is active gave presentations at the St. Maartenscollege, a secondary school in Maastricht, about the hunger and malnutrition situation in their own country to generate awareness for WFP. They presented to in total 85 pupils of the vocational education track of the St. Maartenscollege in the context of the sociology classes on June 7 and 11, 2012.

MsM student Kristine Gulkanyan from Armenia about the St. Maartenscollege presentations:

"My visit had a mission: to raise the awareness among Dutch teenagers about food scarcity and hunger, different cultures and religions, different life styles and habits. It was interesting to see the Dutch teenagers' reaction on hunger in the world after watching the movie we showed them and learning from us all about food and hunger. During the interactive discussions with the class I found out that most of the Dutch children would be happy to support and have their input on resolving food shortage in the world. They came up with different opinions and visions about how their support would have an effect on decreasing the number of hungry people in the world, what kind of behavior they should apply in this part of the world to have people in another part of the world benefiting in terms of food.
I am sure they are going to have a different behavior in food consumption after the information session we shared with them. Going back home after classes they are going to share their newly gained knowledge on 'Hunger is Solvable' with their families".

On June 10, 2012 MsM students volunteered in the Bright Experience Fair for WFP, a fund raising activity organized by DSM. DSM joined forces with 'Ontspanning door Sport' (ODS) to raise awareness and funds for the World Food Program (WFP) at the annual ODS Sports Day. ODS organizes sports activities for employees and family of a wide range of companies in Mid and South Limburg such as DSM, Sabic, DHV, Sekisui, Stamicarbon, Boels Rentals and OCI Nitrogen.

The program of the Bright Experience Fair included sports, handicraft workshops, and a 5 km WFP-awareness walk. MBA Students of MsM were part of the teams of volunteers that were responsible for the different parts of the program.

Meeting more minds: key to open innovation

Studying an MBA is not all about economic and organizational theory. Learning is also about doing and being. At Maastricht School of Management students live and study in a multicultural environment. An MsM MBA class typically consists of students coming from more than 20 different countries, creating a stimulating learning environment in and outside the classroom.

MBA Student Amit Biswas from Bangladesh, describes this as follows: "From Day 1, we called ourselves MBA28 Family. It was a family united with colorful diversity. I learned more from my fellow classmates than I could ever learn from any book."

To give students access to a Dutch professional network and get acquainted with the Dutch way of living, MsM invites senior managers who want to broaden their cultural horizon to mentor a MBA student. Senior managers from Dutch companies or governmental institutions giving access to their professional network and inviting the student for social or cultural activities, that's the goal. Not too many parties of course because academic success stays number one priority. But enjoying carnival, theater or an exposition, can lead to mutual unique intercultural experiences. In return, senior managers participating in the mentorship program get personally acquainted with foreign business cultures and expertise and get access to MsM's vast global network.

Sampson Akligoh, MBA student from Ghana learns about the Dutch way of doing business, politics and social life from his mentor Onno Hoes, mayor of Maastricht: "My experience at MsM is very unique both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to my academic work l have the ice breaking experience of European culture, politics and values through my mentorship with the Mayor of Maastricht - who through MsM has become my good friend!!!"

Sharing experiences and building global networks

Also the participants of the short executive training programs are immersed in the international and multi-cultural learning experience at MsM. These participants come to Maastricht for a 2, 3 or 12 week program to improve their knowledge and skills in internationally relevant management topics or in specific competence areas. Going back home they not only have acquired the knowledge, tools and skills provided by the teachers, but they also learned from the experiences of their fellow participants.

Younes Qassimi from Morocco experienced this in the Project Identification, Development and Management (PDM) program: "If you want to open your eyes about what's going on in the world, follow a course in one of MsM's programs. You would be amazed of how much you will learn and how much incredible value you will find. A must!"

Nasim Ahmed from Bangladesh also highly values the opportunity of network building offered by the MsM international and multi-cultural environment: "Participating in the Effective Partnership Management program has enriched my knowledge about partnership in the development context. Apart from demonstrating theoretical and practical learning on partnership, MsM has also provided the platform for network building with participants from around the globe."