On September 11, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA was joined by 53 students on Campus Vallendar, starting an exciting new chapter since the pandemic began in 2020 and forcing the program into a hybrid format.
Internationality in the Kellogg-WHU EMBA program is crucial for sharing cultural values and experiences. This year saw 64% of the cohort representing nationalities other than German. Students hail from countries such as Australia, China, Italy, Russia, and the USA. The diverse group of top-level executives will undergo personal and professional development. At the same time, building relationships with their colleagues that will extend beyond their studies, often for a lifetime.
“I chose to study an EMBA to reward myself and to further develop my skills,” says Cristina Capelli, Senior Manager International Tax & Planning at Bayer. “I am sure this will be a unique positive life experience, together with a talented, diversified, and international group of leaders.”
The range of industries and professional backgrounds varies, including aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, and the life sciences. Such variety is key to the success of the EMBA program, as it offers the students the opportunity to gain new business insights from one another.
“From the very first moment of the application process at Kellogg-WHU EMBA Program, I was impressed by the level of attention to applicants’ questions and requests,” says Anton Kulikov, Director Sales Southeast Europe Aftermarket at Tenneco Inc. “Communicating with the program team and alumni, I felt I already belonged to a new global family. That is a very positive experience, as you feel supported and valuable to everyone involved.”
The first week is a chance for the new students to get to know each other personally. Still, it is also the beginning of their academic journey with Kellogg-WHU. Beginning with the orientation day on September 11, the students enjoyed team-building activities and a welcome dinner.
Starting from Sunday 12, the schedule introduced students to engaging topics and the top-quality expertise they will experience throughout the two-year leadership experience. With ‘Quantitative Methods’ by Assistant Professor Martin Prause, ‘Decision Making under Uncertainty’ by Professor Karl Schmedders, and ‘Leadership in Organizations’ with Professor Yuval Kalish. Students connect with their peers throughout the week through evening events and a networking dinner with alumni from previous cohorts to kickstart their welcome into the global network.