How this Swiss ‘Flex MBA’ can prepare you for a post-pandemic world

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally disrupted the way we live. However, a new world is emerging with greater flexibility to study and work remotely from anywhere in the world.

How this Swiss 'Flex MBA' can prepare you for a post-pandemic world

Together with Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM), we discuss how busy professionals can achieve an MBA qualification online and at their own pace now and as we emerge from the pandemic.

Learn about the SSBM’s Flex MBA program offering “Swiss Quality Education” worldwide today.

In the years to come, artificial intelligence, distributed computing and green technology will play a significantly larger role in how we do business and work together. Resilience against global threats such as pandemic, drought and conflict will become a main priority, with multiple redundancies built into every system. Nonetheless, what is certain is that there are no more true certainties.

Prepare for what’s coming

Want to place yourself in the best possible position for a post-pandemic world? A Masters in Business Administration is one of the very best ways you can not only upskill, but show yourself to be a valuable asset to prospective employers. There are many MBAs on offer throughout Europe, but few come close to the comprehensive education by the Flex MBA from SSBM – created in consultation with over 20 business and industry partners.

Students in the SSBM Flex MBA cover three main areas of leading disruptive innovation, global leadership and managing technology and people. From there, students can make specializations in a diverse number of fields, from robotics to human resource management.

Teaching at SSBM is delivered in English by experts across a variety of disciplines, with strong links to some of the world’s foremost business players. Student satisfaction is high, with student testimonials frequently citing the professional knowledge of professors, and their availability to students. A number of scholarship opportunities are also available to applicants.

Find out what the SSBM Flex MBA program teaches you at your own pace, today.

The SSBM campus in Geneva, Switzerland

A flexible way to learn

Perhaps the most unique aspect of SSBM’s Flex MBA program is in the name – the flexibility with which students can complete their studies.

Students can start at any time, from anywhere, and take studies at their own pace. That means that if you’re working, or have a shifting schedule, you can study around those obligations over the course of a year, without the pressures of having to catch up with classmates. Studies are divided into courses and seminars that can be accessed online and reviewed at times that suit the learner.

A highlight of the course is a week spent in Geneva at the SSBM campus, where students will attend seminars and classes that deliver outstanding learning experiences in beautiful, cutting-edge surroundings. Students can also experience the delights that the famed city of Geneva has to offer.

The world is changing, and the way we learn is changing. SSBM understands this, and this is why they have developed the Flex MBA program so that innovators and entrepreneurs around the world can be ready for when things start moving again.

Ready to learn world-leading skills and prepare for a new world of business and entrepreneurship? Learn more about the SSBM Flex MBA today, ahead of their June and September intakes!

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Spain’s fragile monarchy grapples with ex-king’s woes

Spain's scandal-hit emeritus king Juan Carlos has moved abroad to try to protect image of the monarchy, a fragile institution which has seen its popularity drop but still enjoys strong protection under the constitution.

Spain's fragile monarchy grapples with ex-king's woes
Photo: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

With his Swiss bank accounts under investigation in Geneva and Madrid, the 82-year-old announced Monday he was leaving Spain to prevent his personal affairs from undermining his son King Felipe VI's reign — a move many analysts said may not be enough to revive the monarchy's fortunes.

State pollster CIS stopped measuring the popularity of the monarchy in 2015, after it dipped into negative figures following years of scandal.

But private polls show Spaniards are roughly equally split over whether their country should remain a monarchy or become a republic.

“The institution is in a very fragile situation,” Lluis Orriols, a political science lecturer at the University Carlos III of Madrid, told AFP. Just two decades ago the monarchy was Spain's most respected institution but it has ceased to generate consensus and instead “sparks ideological confrontations”, he added.

Older people and conservatives are more likely to back the monarchy, while younger people and leftists are more likely to oppose it, Orriols said.

Juan Carlos ex-King of Spain

Spain's former King Juan Carlos and his family | Gerard Julien / AFP

Lack of tradition

Unlike long-lived royal households elsewhere in Europe, Spain's monarchy “can't appeal to tradition” because the nation has centuries of practice at disposing of its monarchs, said Jaume Claret, a history professor at the Open University of Catalonia.

Two other former monarchs exiled themselves – Isabella II in the 19th century and Alfonso XIII in the 20th – while other reigns were disrupted by wars or replaced by short-lived republics and dictatorships.Most recently, General Francisco Franco re-established the monarchy after he took power following Spain's 1936-39 civil war.

Spain's monarchy also struggles to look useful or be a positive role model for citizens, two other pillars of modern European royal houses, Claret added.

Juan Carlos was lauded for helping Spain transition to democracy after Franco's death in 1975.

But a steady flow of embarrassing media stories about his past lifestyle and personal wealth have eroded his standing in recent years.

He abdicated in 2014, two years after he apologised to Spaniards for jetting off on an elephant-hunting trip in Africa with his mistress as Spain grappled with a financial crisis.

Juan Carlos' son King Felipe VI has since taken steps to improve the monarchy's image, such as imposing a “code of conduct” on royals.

Earlier this year he stripped his father of his allowance after new details of allegedly shady financial dealings emerged.

King Felipe IV with his father

King Felipe VI with his father ex-King Juan Carlos | Jaime Reina / AFP 

Armor-clad protection

While polls now show that a majority of Spaniards want a referendum on the future of the monarchy, Spain's 1978 constitution makes it virtually impossible for Spain to become a republic.

Any proposal to change Spain's parliamentary monarchy system would have to be approved by two-thirds of the lower house, and then parliament would have to be dissolved and fresh elections held.

Two-thirds of the new parliament would have to ratify the same motion before it would go before the Spanish public in a referendum.

The monarchy has “armor-clad” protection in the constitution, said Alberto Lardies, a journalist who has written several books about the Spanish monarchy. And Spain's two main parties, the Socialists and the conservative Popular Party, both back the monarchy, he added.

The institution is also “superprotected” by the media, which for decades cast Juan Carlos in a positive light and is now treating his son Felipe the same way, Lardies said.

Luis Placios Banuelos, a history professor at Madrid's  King Juan Carlos University, said those who oppose the monarchy “lack power and the ability to influence to change the situation”. But he added that that does not mean that the royal woes won't be harnessed by “populists and separatists”.

Far-left party Podemos, the junior partner in Spain's Socialist-led coalition government, and separatist and nationalist formations in Catalonia and the Basque Country have been highly critical of Juan Carlos.