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Mobile-first MBAs? The top international executives making a radical choice

Studying for an MBA is a major commitment, especially if you're a busy professional. But a pioneering new business school is taking a radical approach to higher education; one that offers you financial savings, a new level of flexibility, and a global network in the palm of your hand. It has also proven to accelerate its students' career progress.

Mobile-first MBAs? The top international executives making a radical choice
Photo: Katja Smith

Quantic School of Business and Technology is the world’s first accredited mobile-first business school. Its MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) allow students, most of whom continue working full-time during their studies, to learn from any device, anywhere, anytime.

It’s what attracts senior decision-makers such as Luciano Bottoni, of Capgemini Engineering, and high-level managers who are working parents like Katja Smith, of Google. 

Students like Luciano and Katja can access a global network of savvy decision-makers (both classmates and alumni), while an innovative tuition model has resulted in one in three having earned their degree for free. Luciano’s employer covered the cost of his tuition fees because it was the right investment for the company and for him. “I think the price is the right one,” he says.

Ready to learn and grow? Apply for the app-based MBA or Executive MBA program by 23 September

Goodbye passive learning

Many online educational tools rely on traditional lecture-based learning and video presentations by professors. If you feel this isn’t what you need to boost your career in the 2020s, you’re not alone. 

Interactive app-based learning with Quantic is different. You’ll be prompted to engage with the material about every eight seconds, plus you’ll get instant feedback to help you learn from any mistakes you make.

“You can’t just passively look at it because it will not go to the next page,” says Luciano, an Italian who works as a Business Division Director at Capgemini Engineering in Germany. Before the pandemic, he would take advantage of Quantic’s mobile-first platform to study on a train while commuting. “For my kind of life and work, it’s really perfect,” he says.


Katja Smith & Luciano Bottoni (Photos: Supplied)

Making top class connections

Whether you study the MBA or the Executive MBA (which includes advanced courses designed for mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs), your classmates for the next 13 months will come from every industry.

Many studied at top universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford, and work for leading companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google. More than 150 Google managers have enrolled in Quantic, including mother-of-two Katja, an industry manager based in Berlin.

Katja, part of the EMBA class of August 2021, says she’s been surprised to find so many of her Quantic peers on LinkedIn working at great companies. “I’m definitely going to make use of the network,” she adds.

The EMBA attracts many people working in STEM, social sciences, and the tech industry. You can easily connect with current students and alumni (across almost 150 countries) within the app through filtering searches by industry or interests.

The extensive network allows students to collaborate with faculty and classmates, attend exclusive conferences around the world, participate in in-person and virtual meet-ups, and gives students access to research advisors and résumé consultants. Some Quantic students have even gone on to start companies together. 

Can you see yourself as an innovator of the future? Enrol in the MBA or Executive MBA that you can complete anywhere, from your smartphone, by September 23

Cutting students’ costs 

Both Luciano and Katja say the EMBA is providing clear benefits for themselves and their employers. Luciano, an engineer who is now a senior executive, says it helps him with strategic decisions involving both economics and people. For Katja, the breadth of the EMBA has given her a “different perspective” on her employer’s business that goes far beyond her client-facing role.

So what about the cost? Tuition for both the MBA and the EMBA is just US$9,600 and Quantic is continuing to invest in more ways to lower costs to students, with a larger mission of democratizing elite higher education. This tuition innovation is thanks both to companies funding the costs for their employees, as well as a tuition model that sees students’ costs offset as companies pay to recruit from Quantic’s career network.

Have you got business dreams that you want to make a reality? Quantic is the smartphone MBA and Executive MBA that goes wherever you are

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EDUCATION

English-language programmes at Danish universities face cuts

Denmark's government has agreed on a plan to significantly reduce the number of courses offered in English in the country's universities.

English-language programmes at Danish universities face cuts
Life sciences faculty hold an open house at Copenhagen University. The university is now expected to reduce admissions as part of a plan to decentralise higher education in Denmark. Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt / Ritzau Scanpix

At the end of June, the plan aims to reduce the number of English-language higher education programmes while also expanding educational opportunities outside of Denmark’s major cities.

The exact number of courses to be cut – and where they will be cut – depends on the future employment of graduates.

Cuts to English-language programmes

The reduction of English-language programmes at institutions of higher education is rooted in an effort to reduce rising costs of state educational grants (SU) in Denmark. Despite attempts to reduce SU expenses, the cost is expected to rise to 570 million kroner by 2025, far above the cap of 449 million kroner set in 2013. 

There are a number of cases in which non-Danish citizens are entitled to SU, from moving to Denmark with one’s parents, marrying a Danish citizen, residing in Denmark for more than 5 years, status as a worker in Denmark, and more.

The reduction is targeted at English-language programmes where few English-speaking students find employment in Denmark after graduation, according to Denmark’s Ministry of Education and Research. 

Among the targeted programmes are business academies and professional bachelor programmes, where 72 percent of students are English-speaking and only 21 percent find work in Denmark after completing their education. 

However, programmes where higher proportions of English students enter the Danish workforce, and those that have a unique significance on the regional labour market, will be exempt from the reduction. This amounts to 650 education institutions around the country. 

In 2016, students demonstrated against cuts in SU. Photo: Emil Hougaard / Ritzau Scanpix

The agreement also establishes a financial incentive for institutions that graduate English-speaking students who remain to work in Denmark.

According to a June 10 analysis from consulting firm Deloitte, EU students who receive higher education in Denmark contribute an average of nearly 650,000 kroner to Denmark’s public coffers over a lifetime. 

However, the report notes, a student’s positive or negative contribution depends on how long they stay in Denmark. Although students who leave Denmark shortly after graduating constitute a cost to the Danish state, the analysis found that the contribution of students who stay in Denmark to work offsets the cost of those who leave.

The analysis expressed concern that reducing opportunities for English-language higher education could “have a number of unintended negative consequences,” including deterring students who might stay in Denmark to work from moving in the first place. There’s also the risk that it will become more difficult to recruit foreign researchers to Danish universities, which could impact education quality, the analysis claims.

The UCN professional school in Thisted is expected to open one new training program as a result of the decentralisation plan. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Decentralisation of Danish education

The plan to decentralise higher education in Denmark not only expands educational opportunities outside of Denmark’s major cities, but it also aims to reduce enrollment in higher education within major cities by 10 percent by 2030 (but not more than 20 percent).

For example, a law programme will be established in Esbjerg, a medical programme in Køge and a veterinary programme in Foulum.

Minister of Education and Research Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen said the goal was to offer students educational opportunities regardless of where they live within Denmark and strengthen the economy outside of major cities. 

However, the Danish Chamber of Commerce, Dansk Erhverv, expressed concern that the decentralisation plan doesn’t factor in labour demands within Denmark’s major cities.

Mads Eriksen, head of education and research policy at Dansk Erhverv, said it was “unwise” for programmes to reduce acceptance rates to in-demand fields in that particular city. 

“They are trying to solve a problem with labour in the countryside, but at the same time they are creating labour problems in the cities,” Eriksen said. “The English-language programme cuts are far more aligned with the demands of the labour market.”

Denmark has utilised unemployment-based admission for higher education since 2015. Programmes whose graduates experience unemployment consistently 2 percent higher than average are subject to a 30 percent admission cut.

Eriksen thinks it shouldn’t be a matter of reducing admissions across several universities by

“For example, we have five philosophy education programmes in Denmark, each of which have high unemployment rates among graduates,” Eriksen said, referencing a recent Dansk Erhverv analysis

He would prefer to see resources concentrated into making a couple of those programmes the best they can be and closing the rest, versus reducing admissions in all five programmes. “We have to be ready to close programmes that continue to have high unemployment, not just reduce them.”

In 2018, the University of Southern Denmark closed one English-language program and converted two from English to Danish. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen / Ritzau Scanpix

Opposite impacts on provincial institutions

Gitte Sommer Harrits, vice chancellor at VIA University College, shared concern that although the decentralised education aspect of the plan aims to increase the number of students at provincial universities, the reduction of English-language programmes is likely to have the opposite effect.

A report from the organisation Akademikerne in early June found that international students have played a significant role filling educational institutions outside of Danish cities. Nine of the 10 educational institutions with the largest proportion of English-speaking students are outside the country’s largest cities. 

The University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg has the highest proportion of international students; 40 percent of its 628 students are not affiliated with Denmark or other Nordic countries. 

While significantly larger with nearly 37,000 students, Copenhagen University has 5.2 percent international students.

Already in 2018, the University of Southern Denmark closed one English-language programme and converted two others from English to Danish after the Danish government ordered universities to reduce the number of international students.

Harrits said she found the possible closure of English-language programmes drawing international students to provincial areas to be puzzling when paired with the intention to decentralise education.

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