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Niel Van Meeuwen
Online MBA participant

Niel Van Meeuwen "As a learning consultant, I deeply believe that learning only really occurs between people, and for that the Online MBA has a lot of tools."

"It’s totally worth the investment you will make because you can act on your learning immediately."

As a learning consultant, I deeply believe that learning only really occurs between people, and for that the Online MBA has a lot of tools. It makes discussions happen, interactivity happen, even live sessions with people in a class from all over the world.

I have two main ambitions. The first is to increase my professional impact by cultivating my management skills and language. Working as a consultant, you fly in and you fly out again after a few hours so you only mainly make an impact while you are there. After being a consultant for ten years I feel like I’m coming to the boundaries of what I can achieve. Redeveloping my role more towards (interim-) management will enable me to benefit organisations even more, so I want to improve my financial knowledge and skills in strategy and negotiation. Secondly, I feel that after 10 years it’s time to study again.

“I think that to reinvent yourself, you need something that really triggers you – that’s why I chose to do the Online MBA.”

The Online MBA is very practical, I’m self-employed and an entrepreneur, so the idea was that studying online would allow me to organise my time around my work with clients and my family life. I’m in the field of training and development myself, so it’s fascinating to see these things can be done online.

You have the freedom to arrange your own time, and you can decide yourself where to focus your attention. Whether it’s articles, exercises or group discussions, you choose what kind of thing you dive into deeper. For me, it’s group discussions, not only on the virtual learning environment but also via Whatsapp and other communication channels. The fact that you’re all doing the same MBA creates a lot of connection and interaction.

You are well facilitated online and your online tutor really helps in reflecting and bringing in your own experience. Having a tutor who’s online all the time, good at giving feedback and helps the discussion go deeper, that’s the strength.

I also like the fact that you focus on one theme at a time. You can really dive into the content in detail. Before I started, I wondered how in depth the courses would be, but I’ve been surprised by how quickly we’ve dug into the heart of each subject.

“There’s a vast variety of people on the programme, and working with people from all around the world is such a powerful learning tool.”

As a partner with Kessels & Smit, I’m co-responsible for the financial processes. The Financial and Managerial Accounting course has really helped me assess whether we’re doing the right thing and if we could be smarter. I’ve already applied a lot of what I’ve learnt, it’s given meaning to the numbers. Marketing is another area we’re making progress in. We looked at client segmentation last week on the programme, which is something we’re going to implement within the company.

I’m most looking forward to the Strategy course, because I think it will enhance all the other courses. I’m also keen to do the IMEx (Integrated Management Exercise) game at the end and to see what we’ll learn from it.

I would say that it really helps you organise your life. Studying, working, family; the fact that it’s online really helps.

“Self-discipline is important but so is interaction, because you can’t do it on your own.”

It’s totally worth the investment you will make because you can act on your learning immediately. Just the fact that I am an MBA participant has created new opportunities for me, as people see it as a mark of quality. I’ve had the chance to participate in bigger projects with more impact, which is exactly why I did it.

Bio:

I am connected to Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company, a learning consultancy company, and we consult a variety of companies like Governments and small organisations, to multi-nationals world-wide on change and learning. So that could be training programmes, big change management programmes and leadership development programmes. I consult and advise organisations on processes in which learning and change play a big role and in which complexity is a main characteristic. In my work, I come in when an organisation needs improvements made, this means that when people are not dealing well with change, when leadership is not doing its role, at that point we come in. It’s all about the quality of interactions in companies, that’s the idea.

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To find out more about our online MBA, complete the online form or call the admissions office on +32 2 700 61 71

Accreditations & rankings

  • EQUIS
  • Association of MBAs
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Financial Times