Dr. Michael Mihut is a Portfolio Management Officer for the World Health Organization in Geneva. In 2013, he chose to enroll on the EU Online MBA course in an effort to bolster his management and finance skills. We caught up with Michael to find out about his experiences studying online. In addition, we captured the best bits of his speech at graduation in the video at the bottom of this page.
Hello Michael, please could you begin by telling us about yourself and why you chose to study an Online MBA with EU?
In 2013, while working for the World Health Organization in Geneva, I joined the EU online MBA program in International Business. I wanted to develop a better knowledge of business processes, improve my leadership skills and further develop my network around the globe. In my work, centered around portfolio and policy management in infectious diseases of poverty research, it is important to master both technical skills and those related to management and finance. Ever since I joined, I felt the support of my organization, which is important considering I am employed full time.
How did you choose EU?
Before joining, I scanned various offers; I found that taking courses individually did not possess the same value as taking a full degree. Fortunately, EU Business School offers the OMBA, which is a combination of “live” distance learning and on-site experience.
What are your highlights?
Some of the most exciting moments of my studies happened during these on-site visits. We were given the opportunity to visit state-of-the art facilities of famous, world-renowned companies and understand first-hand their business model, as well as have discussions with some of their senior managers. We also received some very interesting insight from the head of one of the most prestigious banks in Switzerland.
Studying an online degree, scattered around the world, we learn how to work in virtual teams, with innovative communication tools, which makes teamwork and learning more effective and efficient.
What do you think of your classmates – how have you interacted so far?
I must say that probably the most enriching encounter I had during the first term was discovering the vast range of expertise and backgrounds my colleagues had, and the chance I had to learn from their experience and stories. Our group brought together students from all the continents – literally, other than Antarctica – who have worked in different environments (public, private, government, U.N.), which contributes to a pretty broad perspective when we work in teams and interact during webinars. Studying an online degree, scattered around the world, we learned how to work in virtual teams, with innovative communication tools, which makes teamwork and learning more effective and efficient.
Would you have any advice for students considering studying the Online MBA with EU?
If I was to give advice to someone considering an online degree, it would be to carefully assess their availability because, even though it is an online degree, it requires a great deal of focus, effort and time. The program this far has been both rewarding and demanding.
Thank you for your time Dr. Mihut – I wish you all the best on behalf of the staff and faculty at EU.
Dr. Mihut graduated with the best MBA grade in the year, in addition to the best dissertation grade. He delivered a speech at graduation outlining his experience, and we also got some time with him to find out more about how online students can balance a professional career and intensive academic study.