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A well-designed blended program can vastly improve learning outcomes

ESMT Berlin first triple-accredited business school in Germany to launch blended MBA program

ESMT Berlin will offer a part-time blended MBA program, consisting of 80 percent online and 20 percent face-to-face content, starting in September 2020. The program is directed at early to mid-career professionals who wish to study in parallel with their work but do not want to miss the benefits of working with other students and expanding their network. Participants can choose whether to attend their classroom sessions in Berlin or Munich, meeting every two months from Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon for their on-site modules. Applications can be submitted now at

The curriculum offers new skills and career development for employees of large companies, Mittelstand, and startups with a focus on innovation and business transformation. The program will be taught by experienced ESMT faculty who are currently delivering a customized blended MBA. Students will use an innovative online-learning platform developed together with an international alliance of renowned business schools, including Imperial College Business School, University of Melbourne, and IE Business School. 

Nick Barniville, associate dean of degree programs at ESMT and director of the school’s educational technology #EdTech lab, says,

“A well-designed blended program can vastly improve learning outcomes by ensuring that all students have digested the basic materials before coming to class discussions. While online modules are well suited to conveying factual knowledge, the integrated face-to-face modules embed the learning and trigger behavioral change. Face-to-face is also crucial for networking and personal development. The blended format is, at least from ESMT’s perspective, preferable compared to a purely online program.”

ESMT is top-ranked by the Financial Times and has been the highest placed business school for executive education in Germany since entering the rankings in 2010.

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