How this Swiss ‘Flex MBA’ can prepare you for a post-pandemic world

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally disrupted the way we live. However, a new world is emerging with greater flexibility to study and work remotely from anywhere in the world.

How this Swiss 'Flex MBA' can prepare you for a post-pandemic world

Together with Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM), we discuss how busy professionals can achieve an MBA qualification online and at their own pace now and as we emerge from the pandemic.

Learn about the SSBM’s Flex MBA program offering “Swiss Quality Education” worldwide today.

In the years to come, artificial intelligence, distributed computing and green technology will play a significantly larger role in how we do business and work together. Resilience against global threats such as pandemic, drought and conflict will become a main priority, with multiple redundancies built into every system. Nonetheless, what is certain is that there are no more true certainties.

Prepare for what’s coming

Want to place yourself in the best possible position for a post-pandemic world? A Masters in Business Administration is one of the very best ways you can not only upskill, but show yourself to be a valuable asset to prospective employers. There are many MBAs on offer throughout Europe, but few come close to the comprehensive education by the Flex MBA from SSBM – created in consultation with over 20 business and industry partners.

Students in the SSBM Flex MBA cover three main areas of leading disruptive innovation, global leadership and managing technology and people. From there, students can make specializations in a diverse number of fields, from robotics to human resource management.

Teaching at SSBM is delivered in English by experts across a variety of disciplines, with strong links to some of the world’s foremost business players. Student satisfaction is high, with student testimonials frequently citing the professional knowledge of professors, and their availability to students. A number of scholarship opportunities are also available to applicants.

Find out what the SSBM Flex MBA program teaches you at your own pace, today.

The SSBM campus in Geneva, Switzerland

A flexible way to learn

Perhaps the most unique aspect of SSBM’s Flex MBA program is in the name – the flexibility with which students can complete their studies.

Students can start at any time, from anywhere, and take studies at their own pace. That means that if you’re working, or have a shifting schedule, you can study around those obligations over the course of a year, without the pressures of having to catch up with classmates. Studies are divided into courses and seminars that can be accessed online and reviewed at times that suit the learner.

A highlight of the course is a week spent in Geneva at the SSBM campus, where students will attend seminars and classes that deliver outstanding learning experiences in beautiful, cutting-edge surroundings. Students can also experience the delights that the famed city of Geneva has to offer.

The world is changing, and the way we learn is changing. SSBM understands this, and this is why they have developed the Flex MBA program so that innovators and entrepreneurs around the world can be ready for when things start moving again.

Ready to learn world-leading skills and prepare for a new world of business and entrepreneurship? Learn more about the SSBM Flex MBA today, ahead of their June and September intakes!

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Is Basel the best Swiss city for foreigners and Geneva the worst?

Switzerland’s cities usually nab top rankings in international quality of living studies. But in a new survey, only one Swiss town made it to the top 10. Here’s why.

Basel is Switzerland’s best city for international workers. Photo by Nadine Marfurt on Unsplash
Basel is Switzerland’s best city for international workers. Photo by Nadine Marfurt on Unsplash

Basel is ranked in the 9th place out of 57 cities surveyed in the new Expat City Ranking 2021.

Carried out by InterNations, the annual survey rates cities around the world in terms of advantages they offer to foreign nationals who move there for professional reasons.

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The survey, which polled 12,420 people for its 2021 edition, ranks cities based on criteria such as Quality of Urban Living, Getting Settled, Urban Work Life, Finance & Housing, and Local Cost of Living, along with their sub-categories.

Of the four Swiss cities analysed in the study — Geneva, Zurich, Basel, and Lausanne — only Basel was highly rated, and is one of only three European cities ranked in the top 10 (the others are Prague, in 7th place, and Madrid in 10th).

This is why

A popular destination for international employees because of its pharmaceutical industry, including giants like Roche and Novartis, Basel ranked well across all categories.

For instance, it is in the 1st place for its public transportation network, in a 2nd position in terms of Quality of Urban Living, and in 3rd for Safety & Politics.

All expats in Basel (100 percent) are satisfied with public transportation, versus 69 percent globally. The public transportation system is excellent”, one respondent said.

Nearly all participants (97 percent) feel safe there, against 84 percent globally. The city also performs well in the Urban Work Life Index (6th), particularly for the state of the local economy, which is in the 1st place and the working hours (8th); additionally,  75 percent are happy with their working hours, compared to 66 percent globally.

More than four in five expats (84 percent) find their disposable household income enough or more than enough to cover their expenses (versus 77 percent globally), and 77 percent are satisfied with their financial situation (against 64 globally).

Where Basel is doing less well is in the  Finance & Housing Index (34th place), though it still ranks ahead of other Swiss cities: Zurich (37th), Lausanne (39th), and Geneva (53rd).

But the city ranks 48th in the Local Cost of Living Index: 69 percent of foreigners living there are dissatisfied with the cost of living, more than double the global average (34 percent).

The Getting Settled Index (39th) is another of Basel’s weak points. Internationals struggle with getting used to the local culture: more than one in four respondents (26 percent) state that they find this difficult — this figure is 18 percent 1globally.

It is worth mentioning that in the 2020 InterNations survey, Basel ranked in the 24th place, so it progressed impressively this year.

What about Geneva?

Switzerland’s most “international” city due to the presence of a number of United Nations agencies and multinational companies, places near the bottom of the ranking, in the 47th place.

“It has the worst results among the Swiss cities included in the report and is the only one that does not rank in the global top 10 of the Quality of Urban Living Index”, InterNations said.

Similar to the other Swiss cities, Geneva ranks among the top 10 for political stability (1st) and in the bottom 10 for the affordability of healthcare (56th). However, it lags behind for all other factors, with expats particularly dissatisfied with the local leisure options (23 percent versus 14 percent globally).

“Interestingly, the comparably low quality of life does not make Geneva any easier to afford: on the contrary, it is the worst-ranking city worldwide in the Local Cost of Living Index (57th) and by far the worst-rated Swiss city in the Finance & Housing Index (53rd)”, the report noted.

It added that “while Geneva comes 26th in the Finance Subcategory, it ranks 55th in the Housing Subcategory, only ahead of Dublin (56th) and Munich (57th). Expats find housing in Geneva unaffordable (87 percent  vs. 39 percent globally) and hard to find (63 percent vs. 23 percent globally).”

READ MORE: Why is Geneva’s rent the highest in Switzerland?

Geneva has a fairly average performance in the Urban Work Life Index (28th) but receives worse results in the Getting Settled Index (43rd). It ends up in the bottom 10 of the Feeling Welcome (52nd), Local Friendliness (50th), and Friends & Socializing (48th) subcategories.

“It is certainly not easy to integrate into the local culture and community,” said one respondent. In fact, 35 percent find the locals generally unfriendly, against 16 percent globally).

The difficulty is making friends in Switzerland is a well-known phenomenon among the international community.

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Maybe this is also why they find it hard to get used to the local culture (32 percent versus  18 percent globally) and do not feel at home — 33 percent compared to 19 percent  globally).

Zurich and Lausanne

The two other Swiss cities with a high proportion of international residents fall between the “best” and the “worst”, with Lausanne in the 21st place and Zurich in the 34th.

“All of them rank among the bottom 10 worldwide for the local cost living but among the top 10 for the local quality of life— except for Geneva, which lands in 21st place.”, the survey noted.

This InterNations chart shows how the four the cities are doing in each category. Please click here for a larger version of the chart. 

Image: Internations

You can find out more about each of the four cities from these links. 

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