IE Business School Online Masters
Amani Hindawi
December 4, 2008
Why IE?

Since, We at the IXMBA-2007 are almost done and have only two more weeks to go, I thought that it would be  sort of a good blogging finale, if I talk about why most of us chose “IE” in particular for our MBA’s and not some other business school in Europe or even the United States.

BusinessWeek -in its last issue, published its new rankings for MBAs and Business Schools all over the  world.  Instituto de Empresa, IE Business School has received an impressive second rank for its MBA program (for a non-US based Business School),  although there are more “renowned” schools -by that I mean, more recognized, more advertised, more famous and maybe having a longer track record in MBAs and Executive MBAs, but by no means do I mean better.

IE has been consistently getting high rankings (among the top ten) for both of its MBA and Executive MBA programs over the past years, in more than one category by several entities; Financial Times, Economist, BusinessWeek and others.

It’s precisely that, which drove many of us to choose IE over other schools in Europe and the US, and We as future alumni should work on always helping IE to maintain and advance their ranking not for the rankings’ sake but for the sake of a better education and standard of students as well as caliber of graduates. IE’s responsibility of course, would lie in maintaining and deliberately enhancing those standards by guaranteeing the employment of the best standards, material and teaching methodology, choice of students, courses and syllabus, choice of professors as well as maintaining that edge in entrepreneurship and its International savvy.

Over the years, several US and international schools have established themselves as brands of a good education and benchmarks, and we would like “IE” to become one of those brands with a long track record of world class standards and a model of modern education.

Amani Hindawi

Amani Hindawi
November 10, 2008
An Organized Chaos!

Our last days in the IXMBA (International Executive MBA)- 39 days to be exact are marked by an endless  state of organized chaos, trying to wrap up all the too many group reports, individual assignments, final exams, individual final exams, not to mention the still on-going sessions and classes, and to add up to the torture, the final case. But the good thing about this chaos is that sometimes we are allowed to choose our method of being tortured, say our group for the final case or even our chosen method for the individualized final exam, etc.

The other day, I was having a discussion with my friends; who incidentally have managed to tolerate me through this transformational phase, and they were saying that once I finish this MBA, I will have too much time on my hand and will get bored. That most definitely cracked me up in a giant laugh. “BORED? Are you kidding? That for sure I will not be, because I will revert to my old, normal human being state of enjoying a free time to invest it in whatever makes me happy like hobbies for instant, since this MBA has temporarily transformed us into aliens who try to manage time to boring limits. Like reading a case in the middle of a game, or editing an assignment during a kid’s recital, do you honestly believe a normal homosapian would do such a thing? 

 The important thing throughout this hectic time and lifestyle is to keep your sense of humor and enjoy the torture as much as possible, oh, did I just say torture, I meant the learning, which in the end is about transformation to the better and the more valuable. Amidst all of this organized chaos, I say there’s a massive need for laughter and fun (but only once in a while, fun takes time and you can’t possibly waste it on fruitless endeavors that nourish the soul and bring your adrenaline level to a high, or can u?)

Playing in the park with my kids on the weekend without constantly peeking to my watch to find out if time has run up, or even going immediately to sleep when you get back home after a night out without checking the forums and doing some reading, that will be awesome. But if I have learnt something here is that time is an asset, and although you will never find it on any firm’s or personal’s balance sheet but it sure is the most valuable, and if I have learnt anything from this MBA, it is that investing time valuably is what matters in this whole life, whether it’s business life or personal…





Amani Hindawi
October 29, 2008
Is an International Executive MBA right for Me?

I’ll bet you anything that this is the prime question for any professional thinking of getting an MBA without leaving the current position he or she has and disrupting their career progress which would simply render the whole idea a little less attractive.


The answer is a simple yes, the IXMBA program can be the right solution but that’s not the end of the story, in fact, it’s just the beginning…


Going through the application process, the essays, the interviews, the registration, Oh and, more interviews and then the acceptance and enrollment is just the beginning. Knowing that you are a serious professional who have sought this program for the sake of career and personal advancement is a start but far from a smooth ride.


Now listen, I don’t want to scare you and tell you it’s hard, because it ain’t hard; it’s absolutely excruciating but equally intense and enjoyable.


The program offers more than education; it offers the experience to meet and work with peers of different backgrounds, cultures and schools of thought and leaves the rest up to you. It opens up for you a space for lateral thinking to nourish your brain and tighten those nuts and bolts only to jolt it back into effective action.


Sleep deprivation, becomes your middle name, Skype becomes closer than your next of kin, Oh, and you might even call one of your children “Executive Summary”…


It takes stamina, hard work, multi-tasking, loads of reading, discussing, conference calling, meeting, group working, discussing, debating, convincing, posting, more posting and then posting, oh, and did I mention loads of reading, and this happens in between your day job, travel on business, travel for fun, driving your kids to soccer practice and piano recitals and attending that very important business lunch, and the list goes on and on and on, but the good news is “the friends” you make along the way, each unique and pleasant in his own right, they are the ones you will never forget.


I tell you, the International Executive MBA can be quite an experience… Did I mention loads of reading?

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