9th edition: The re-design of programmes post-COVID

As we all know too well, the pandemic has left an indelible mark on higher education, corporate universities, and companies. This edition of the Knowledge Bar delves into different perspectives on how this impact manifests for different stakeholders.

By Griet Houbrechts
Director, Professional Development
EFMD Global

From a student standpoint, the post-Covid era has brought a breath of fresh air with its renewed emphasis on direct interaction with faculty and peers, as well as face-to-face group work. These experiences not only foster personal growth but also contribute to developing skills highly valued by employers. Moreover, the newfound flexibility of studying from home has created a positive outlook for many students, heightening their expectations for flexible work arrangements.

Employers, in response, are adapting to the rising demand for a more flexible work environment. Consequently, they have been compelled to develop the appropriate support systems that enable remote work. Upskilling and reskilling staff has become a priority, alongside fostering connections and nurturing innovative work and team practices.

For business schools, executive development centres and corporate universities, the pandemic has accelerated pedagogical innovation, propelling the adoption of new teaching methods, enhancing the student experience, and embracing a more holistic perspective on the skills students require to unlock their full potential.

By being part of networks where business schools, executive development centres, corporate universities and companies meet, all organisations can collaborate to provide students and employees with a meaningful study and work experience. Together, we can aim to cultivate curiosity and empower individuals to thrive in the face of change.

Enjoy exploring the transformative impact of the pandemic on the world of education and business.


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