Two educational institutions stand out among the crowd when it comes to providing Masters in Business Administration (MBA) courses for business-related professionals. These special courses give Slovaks an excellent chance to gain an internationally approved and respected education in business and management while going to school part-time.
Both City University Bratislava (CUB) and the Further Education Center (FEC) of Bratislava's Economic University, in cooperation with foreign institutions, run fully accredited MBA courses that are compatible with those offered in western Europe.
Since 1990, CUB in cooperation with the Open University Business School in Milton Keynes, England, has provided two types of MBA courses intended for already-employed managers. The first, requiring a university degree in economics and four years of experience in management, takes three years to pass. The second course format does not have any formal academic requirements, and takes four and a half years to complete.
FEC launched an MBA course in January 1998 with help from the European Management School in Berlin. The course incorporates two independent stages (four terms), which are held both in Slovakia and Germany and include a five month internship with a German company. A successful applicant will obtain a MBA degree from the school. According to director Ján Porvazník, FEC is preparing to extend its activities with other foreign institutes, such as Metropolitan University of Manchester or the Canadian Business School.
While on business trips abroad, MBA students have a unique opportunity to attend seminars or sit exams in more than 10 centers around Europe, as courses are all held at the same time and under the same terms at the various sites. Daniela Mikušová, CUB's MBA Program Manager, explained that students were given the chance to apply their knowledge to their work immediately, which in turn helped them understand the theory more profoundly. "It's simply learning by experience," said Mikušová.
"There is an urgent need for the further education [of Slovak managers], to allow them to communicate with the world's business leaders," Porvazník said, adding that even in Slovakia the current trends in company management tend to stress professional training and employee qualifications.
For details contact:
Centrum Ďalšieho Vzdelávania EU
Ján Porvazník, Director
811 06 Bratislava
tel. 07/531 45 21
fax. 07/531 48 29
4. Jun 1998 at 0:00 | Ivan Remiaš