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Interview with an Executive MBA student


In this interview with Iolanda, an Executive MBA student who started in September, she discusses her impressions of the programme so far.

Iolanda Pedra (pictured) is Romanian, is an engineer by training, ITILv3 certified and a project management professional. She is an active member of PMI France. She joined SKEMA's Executive MBA in September 2017 while working at Hewlett Packard where she held project management responsibilities for major international accounts. She has received numerous awards throughout her successful career.

What do you think of the Executive MBA so far?
"It’s an amazing adventure!" 

What do you think about the diversity of participants? 
"The internationalisation and the programme's relevance to the global economy is exactly what I was looking for when I decided to do this MBA. In workshops and group work, our cultural diversity makes debates much more interesting and relevant, enriching from all points of view, both personal and professional."

What about the courses?
"Courses are intense and delivered by passionate teachers. The pace of work is fast, and the blended learning format makes it possible to balance professional, personal and student life.

The students and the quality of the international speakers are among the many strong points of the programme.

The seminar on the Lille campus and the study week in Suzhou / Shanghai were densely packed. Meetings with key representatives of companies allowed me to ask specific questions in order to understand the practical effect of what was being taught in class. 

In addition to face-to-face courses, the programme includes excellent and relevant e-learning and webinar modules. 

We’re given the course schedule well in advance, which allows me to organise my own schedule to be able to participate in WebEx sessions. And if I can’t make the session, the course is recorded and available anytime on the e-learning platform."

Are you satisfied with your investment?    
"I certainly am. It’s not only a diploma but also a career project. The Executive MBA  is the first step, the foundation of my project."

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