There are a number of executive MBA programs offered in Istanbul, but only one carries triple accreditation from the AACSB (USA), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK); Grenoble Ecole de Management’s (GEM) EMBA. Last year, in 2018, Financial Times (FT) ranked GEM’s EMBA 26th out of 100 top programs in Europe. The highest rank achieved by Turkish EMBA programs was 66.

GEM’s collaboration with 41 North Business School in Istanbul brings a basket full of innovative and creative approaches to improving managerial flexibility and customer centricity. This is a cutting-edge program designed to train managers on the fast-lane. The curriculum reflects global business requirements and is multi-cultural; so is the faculty. The first intake is scheduled for September 23rd, 2019.

According to a recent report on the future of jobs published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), marketing and sales will occupy third place in 2023. This means that soft management skills will continue mounting in importance. Customer centricity is and will become even more accentuated. Given the intense competition in this arena, creative and innovative approaches to improving the organization’s ability to optimize customer satisfaction will be the main objective. These are areas in which GEM excels. Serious Games designed by Prof. Hélène Michel have won international awards for creative training and learning.

There are two critically important factors that are included in the calculation of the ROI from an EMBA. One is the increase in compensation that can be expected after graduation. FT places a heavy emphasis on this factor, hence GEM’s 26th position in 2018 is even more accentuated. The other factor is the quality of the participants and of the alumni. Nobody can survive in this highly competitive world without a solid professional network, so GEM’s global and densely populated EMBA Alumni Network provides a strong and rare comparative advantage.

Last but not least, GEM’s EMBA degree program in Istanbul is priced several thousand Euros below those of comparable programs in Western Europe. So, come on over, experience thrilling Istanbul!