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Riding the Wave of Change
February 4, 2010   
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Witold Orłowski, head of the Warsaw University of Technology Business School, talks to Zofia Zasieńska.

Are MBA courses needed and how do students benefit from them?
How do they benefit from an MBA course? First of all, they get a huge portion of up-to-date, useful information about markets and companies as well as opportunities to learn about a number of effective management tools. A good MBA curriculum provides students with a mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge, allowing them to significantly upgrade their managerial skills. The underlying principle of an MBA course is that the information should be useful, while having it should have a positive effect on the graduate's future career.

MBA courses in Poland are organized in association with foreign schools. How important are these ties to Polish institutions?
In a situation where the Polish market for MBA courses is still developing, the professional support of renowned foreign partners is of major importance. We run our programs with the support of three partner schools: HEC of Paris, the London Business School, and NHH of Bergen. Almost half the classes are taught by foreign academics, usually from the partner schools. We also try to make sure that classes held at the partner schools are a regular part of our curricula. At present this is one session at one of the partner schools. The students are an international group too. Up to 50 percent of the students enrolled at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School are foreigners from different parts of the world.

Are MBA programs keeping abreast of the changes taking place in the global economy?
Yes, because the market demands that. MBA programs have to change because the students' expectations are changing. This is not a purely academic problem that involves new theories or new management programs. It is chiefly a problem of changes to the global economy and new challenges faced by ambitious managers. The law changes, the rules for doing business change, corporate development strategies change, the business environment changes. MBA students expect not just information about these changes but also tools for obtaining further information enabling them to adapt to future developments.
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