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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Is Switzerland ‘pilfering’ health workers from France during pandemic?

Officials in the Haute-Savoie area of France have accused private Swiss health clinics of poaching essential healthcare workers.

Is Switzerland 'pilfering' health workers from France during pandemic?
Health care workers from France prefer to work on the Swiss side of the border. Photo by AFP

The headline in Switzerland's Le Temps newspaper reads: “Geneva is pilfering our nurses”.

It comes from an interview with a French MP who laments how France is losing health workers to its neighbour at the height of a health crisis.

“The behaviour of some hospital administrators in Switzerland is totally unacceptable in the context of the health crisis”, Haute-Savoie’s deputy Martial Saddier said in an interview with Le Temps newspaper. 

He was referring to a practice of Swiss clinics recruiting health workers in France which French officials like Saddier says has caused a shortage of personnel in French hospitals in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Saddier denounced several private clinics in Geneva for actively recruiting nursing staff from Haute-Savoie, luring them with salaries that are about two and a half times higher than those paid in the French region.

Though the phenomenon of medical workers from Haute-Savoie ‘migrating’ to Geneva is not new — 60 percent of nursing staff at Geneva’s university hospitals (HUG) live in France — Saddier said these recruitments should not happen during the pandemic. 

“While the number of infected people may be high in Geneva, Haute-Savoie is not spared either, with rates among the highest in France. We need all our vital forces”, he said.

Olivier Teissèdre, director of Hôpital privé Pays de Savoie (HPPS) pointed out that already during the first wave of Covid-19, “350 of our caregivers were recruited in Geneva, which put us in great difficulty. Today I lost 4 percent of my staff and had to shut down a night shift”.

“Now the shortage of caregivers is crucially felt because the care of Covid-19 patients is particularly heavy”, he added.

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At the start of the second wave, the HPSS set up a partnership with another Haute-Savoie medical facility, the Alpes-Léman public hospital.

“But we no longer have enough employees to maintain this partnership because there is too much movement of staff toward Switzerland”, Teissèdre said.

At the start of the pandemic, an agreement was reached with the Geneva authorities to stop recruiting medical personnel from France, but this commitment only concerns public hospitals. No such pact was made with private clinics.

Laurent Paoliello, spokesperson for Geneva’s Health Department said that while HUG, which is a public hospital, has respected the hiring freeze, the canton can’t impose similar restrictions on recruitment policies of private establishments.

“However, we consider it inappropriate to loot the region next door, especially during a pandemic”, he said.

Although the Haute-Savoie officials say that private hospitals have placed ads in a local newspaper, Le Dauphiné libéré, seeking French health care workers, Geneva’s clinics deny advertising in France.

“We only recruit through our site, or on, as well as on social networks”, said Magali Dauwalder, spokesperson for the Hirslanden group of private hospitals, which manages La Colline et les Grangettes clinics in Geneva.

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