What My Masters in Management Taught Me

Joseph Makondo
Student, Hult International Business SchoolBoston campus, USA

I grew up in Cameroon, got my first degree in international relations at Wartburg College in the United States, and Hult’s Masters in International Business appealed to me because of its interdisciplinary nature. The school has an atmosphere and initiatives that encourage entrepreneurship, and Boston has an extensive network of prestigious schools and important companies.

The most valuable lesson was the ability to collaborate with others. Collaboration is crucial and presents challenges that are amplified when working in diverse and international teams.

Most surprising are the practical efforts put in place to resist homogeneity. We’re split into different teams for every two courses we take, and you understand early on the diversity of Hult’s student body – from mechanical engineers striving to become financial analysts to a marketer starting a coding studio. .

I hope to work for an international organization where I can contribute to solving problems on many levels.


Marianna Sarkissian
Graduate, Prague University of Economics and Business

Marianna Sargsyan, Graduate, Prague University of Economics and Business

Originally from Armenia, I took a break after my first degree to gain practical experience but always intended to do a Masters abroad to develop a global mindset. I started exploring schools offering MiM through the Cems alliance. I liked the combination of the quality and affordability of the degree at the University of Prague, as well as the beauty and rich history of the city.

The networking opportunities, international exposure, and highly competitive people I studied with were most valuable. The Cems MiM also allows students to apply their knowledge through internships and real business projects. I was surprised how up-to-date the curriculum is, such as the Applied Multivariate Statistics course, where we learned the R programming language. It helps students be competitive in getting jobs. Even in the midst of the pandemic, I received a job offer right after graduating and hopefully came out of MiM a candidate better suited to the world we have now.


Julia Ciaciek
Student, SMU Lee Kong Chian School of BusinessSingapore

Julia Ciaciek, Student, SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business

I am the co-founder of a sustainable development start-up based in Singapore and targeting waste management. I signed up to equip myself with management and interpersonal skills to take my business to the next level. It is a cosmopolitan city at the forefront of innovation with a strong ecosystem of start-ups.

The school has an interactive and hands-on approach and working in a multicultural environment has boosted my cultural quotient. During the program, you have the opportunity to work and connect with people from all over the world. The number of modules on sustainability, the support offered for entrepreneurial activities and the care packages prepared for students before their exams were surprises.

I hope to apply what I learned during my studies to scale my start-up in Asia. The goal is to empower people to adopt a more sustainable way of life.


Fiammetta Gindro
Student, Nova Business and Economics SchoolsLisbon

Fiammetta Gindro, student, Nova Schools of Business and Economics

I’m a judo black belt from Turin with a strong passion for travel and decided to do a MiM because it helps students discover where they can excel and make a significant impact.

Nova has a bright and sunny campus and Lisbon offers affordable living. In recent years, the school has endeavored to improve the quality and relevance of its training, to promote mobility and internationalization and to structure an internationally recognized quality assurance system. In a place for people, opportunities and dialogue, I gained confidence, developed insight and learned to aspire to improve the world.

It surprised me that so much space at Nova is given to ideas and ideals, so that they can flourish safely and freely. I look forward to working with people who strive to bring about positive change and create cross-cultural synergies.


Therese Seiringer
Graduated from Durham University Business School

Thérèse Seiringer, graduate of Durham University Business School

Originally from Austria, I worked in a bank as a project manager before enrolling at MiM in Durham. After graduating in 2019, I worked in private equity and am now responsible for sustainability at Vodafone Germany.

The college system, program flexibility, and rankings made Durham my top choice. I fell in love with the city too, and my stay there was the best year of my life so far. I was inspired to always look for purpose in the work I do, to think big, and to be confident in myself. I was surprised by the diversity of the program – it was so international and all these different perspectives gave us a better understanding of global business concepts.

I now work in an international company and often think about the skills we learned in the Organizational Behavior in Challenging Situations module.

Ranking FT Masters in Management 2022 — top 100

Luiss University campus building in Italy

Italian University Luiss moves up 23 places in the 2022 FT MiM Ranking © Pasquale Modica

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