Exec Ed Roundup: POLIMI Milan, NEOMA France, University of Utah, Sussex Business School

POLIMI Graduate School of Management in Milan has unveiled its new campus in Navigli, Milan’s creative and cultural center. Courtesy photo


POLIMI Graduate School of Management in Milan has unveiled its new campus in Navigli, Milan’s creative and cultural center. The three-story campus covers about 25,000 square feet, and each floor has been named to convey a piece of the school’s identity: MAKE, CONNECT, and IGNITE.

The new campus combines physical and virtual learning. Built in partnership with Microsoft and IBM, the Navigli campus is a place where future business leaders can learn in a unique hub of creativity and purpose.
“The world has changed, and education has transformed as a result. This means that higher education communities require an environment where they can thrive by leveraging the opportunities offered by both physical presence and digital connections” says Federico Frattini, Dean of POLIMI Graduate School of Management.

As a B-Corp certified business school, the campus has also been constructed as green as possible, ensuring that elements have been introduced that continue to raise awareness among students in terms of wellbeing and sustainability.

The launch of the new campus was triggered by the school’s need to cater to a growing numbers of students, managers and professionals. The school offers more than 40 Master’s programs, seven MBAs and Executive MBAs, plus 200 open programs for executives and many training courses made to measure for companies.

The new campus also launched as part of the great process of strategic change that the school embarked on starting in 2020, including the schools recent rebranding.

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NEOMA Business School has launched a new online Exec Ed course to train rugby players in real estate principles. It is offered in collaboration with Provale Formation, the training organization of the professional rugby players’ union.

The course aims to prepare French and international rugby players for managerial positions or entrepreneurial endeavors in real estate after their professional sporting careers have ended.

The class will also participate in a seminar on finance, organized remotely by the prestigious Baruch College in New York. In addition to their NEOMA diploma, students will earn a certification in finance from Baruch College upon completion of the 12-month program.

The first cohort began in September has players from more than nine countries including Botswana, South Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand. The course completes the “Real Estate Manager” training opportunity launched jointly by NEOMA and Provale in 2021.

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University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business has appointed Professor of Accountancy Gary Hecht as its first associate dean of professional education pathways. The new leadership position will be charged with growing and managing Gies’ nondegree and lifelong learning opportunities.

Since 2016 when Gies upended the online MBA market with its iMBA, the school has announced a series of innovations to make higher education more affordable and accessible to students around the world. This fall, it announced a major investment in stackable degrees which allows students to roll previous courses and credentials into larger certificates and degrees.

“Over the past few years, I have witnessed huge shifts in higher education on all dimensions – learners’ needs, delivery models, and competition. I am thrilled to help lead Gies through this
ever-changing landscape,” says Hecht, who joined Giest in 2013. He previously served at Emory University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously served as academic
director of Gies’ online master’s in accounting (iMSA) program.

Gies this summer launched a pair of 12-credit-hour graduate certificates in Strategic Leadership & Management and Accounting Data Analytics, which are built around specific skills that learners can use for personal improvement and professional advancement. The certificates can be an add-on for learners who already hold a graduate degree, or they can be an attractive option for learners who don’t want, or need, a full graduate degree at the current stage in their life.


University of Utah has launched a new program for school alumni interested in entrepreneurship. Lassonde for Life is open to alumni of any department and major who want to start or grow a business.

The program is offered by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a top-10 ranked division of the David Eccles School of Business, in partnership with the university’s Office of Alumni Relations, and the PIVOT Center dedicated to innovation and economic development.

“This is a first-of-a-kind program to support all of our graduates who have a business idea or imagine starting one sometime in the future,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and an assistant dean at the Eccles School. “We want to help them all become entrepreneurs and follow their dreams, while also helping each other through workshops, mentoring, and other resources.”

University of Utah alumni can participate in the program for free and from anywhere in the world. The program will be offered mostly online to make it as accessible as possible.

Learn more about the program here.


The United Kingdom’s University of Sussex Business School has launched a new MSc in International Business and Development, framing the principles of strategic management through the lens of sustainable development. It will enroll its first cohort in September 2023.

Students can choose between a full-time option which will take one year, or a part-time option over two years. Cost is £13,135.
Participants will study the link between the economic behaviors and policies of international business, and their impacts on sustainability and development.

“This course is perfect for those who are working in an international business or multinational corporation, development agency or international NGO, and would like to develop their knowledge to move into a leadership role. Additionally, it would suit graduates with a business, social science, international relations, law, or sustainable development background, who want to improve their professional skills to gain employment on the management or policy side of international business” says co-creator of the course Professor John Da Silva Luiz, Professor of Management at the Business School.

Learn more here.

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