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Modular part-time programme particularly popular

The St Petersburg Campus is Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School’s third campus. Located in the city’s historical and commercial centre, the School offers a part-time MBA and has graduates successfully operating at top management levels in a wide variety of sectors. The part-time programme with its modular format is particularly popular and we talked to three of its graduates to hear how they look back on their MBA experience.

Alexander Arsenjev is Senior Vice President at YIT International and graduated in 2009. Roman Vasenin is Head of Logistics & Purchasing at Marussiya Motors and also graduated in 2009. Galina Mustafina is Financial Controller at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and graduated in 2010.

Why did you choose Vlerick?

Alexander: “I wanted a truly international MBA programme, which pretty much narrows the choice down in Russia. Vlerick’s MBA stands out because it is international and taught by highly qualified and competent professors, people who not only know what they’re talking about but are also able to impart their knowledge to others.”

How did the programme format fit in with your work schedule?

Alexander: “The modular format is very convenient. It reduces time pressure and makes it easier to fit into a work schedule. I only actually missed one day of work every three works. And because the subject matter is so interesting, you find the time to complete your assignments without even realising it.”

Roman: “It’s a lot of work of course, but the investment pays off. Tools such as Skype and shared Google apps make it easy to communicate with your fellow students, so it doesn’t really matter where you’re based.”

What benefits have you found from attaining an MBA?

Roman: “I initially concentrated more on what knowledge I’d best be able to apply after graduation. However, I found that I got a lot out of the course straight away, in terms of not only new ideas and different approaches to business, but also friends and the business network. Actually, I immediately turned theory into practice by restructuring the whole of my logistics department. Vlerick totally delivered what I expected.”

Galina: “ I had worked at a reputable hotel in St Petersburg for 15 years. The MBA enabled me to make a career move and face the challenge of working in a brand-new hotel property. The programme gave me a better understanding of the importance of marketing and brand strength and has equipped me to access, prove and plan the cost side of it.”

What would you say to new or potential students?

Galina: “My advice would be to really take the sessions seriously and use the knowledge you gain to the best of your ability. And above all, you should actively source additional information.”

Alexander: “The programme definitely changes your understanding of what’s going on in the business world. It enables you to better grasp the full picture, monitor market changes and more carefully plan the steps you need to take. What’s more, it also helps you develop your understanding of your company and the people in it.”

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