Welcome to the Global MBA at Bologna Business School!
"Our MBA provides you with a solid grounding in the major management disciplines and extends this knowledge across six different concentrations. You will be able to build your professional path and turn your passions into a successful career. Our faculty includes inspiring academics and leading practitioners both bringing real time knowledge to the classroom.
The Global MBA program is fuelled by an expanding business network including Italian and international leading companies. We will teach you how to be ready to face the unexpected and successfully navigate through it.
You will be immersed in a global community: we are embedded in a leading University, our students come from all over the world, we are located in the heart of Italy and in the heart of Europe. We can offer you a truly Italian experience at international standards."
The Global MBA is a 12-month full-time program entirely taught in English. The program is divided into three blocks: general management, concentration-specific courses, and an internship or project work period. There are six concentrations to choose from:
"We must have the courage to create new projects. We are redesigning humanity, in this new project, Europe has its greatest value. And in Europe, Italy has its greatest value."
Presidente e Amministratore Delegato, Brunello Cucinelli SpA.
"You can not have a prominent career unless you’re curious. This is my advice for a student today."
Presidente e Amministratore Delegato, Philip Morris Italia
"It would be a great success for me if, today, I could convince someone to start something up. The future of the young managers is to be an entrepreneur. Think local and act global."
Fondatore e Presidente, Eataly
Aditi Tiwari – India
Project Manager - YNAP Group
MBA - Innovation Management (A.Y. 2015/2016)
"I always think about the day I decided to apply for Bologna Business School. It was a hard decision to leave my country, my job, a settled life and being a student again in a new country. The MBA in Innovation Management was extremely unique program. I am extremely glad I took that leap of faith. Studying in BBS has taught me that if you dream and work hard, nothing is impossible. Currently I am working with YNAP as Project Manager and big credit goes to BBS. BBS MBA does not create professionals but leaders. Leaders who have strong work ethic and are ready to face challenges in personal and professional life. I am proud to be a part of BBS community."
Andrew de Villiers – South Africa
Business Sustainability and Innovation Consultant - HERA
Global MBA - Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses (A.Y 2016/2017)
"Prior to my MBA, I had five years of experience in the environmental consulting sector. My last position was as a Managing Director of a freshwater consulting company. The main reasons why I chose BBS are: the courses offered were unique and interested me, it has an international accreditation, the school offers full scholarships and it is in Italy (with all that it has to offer). My year in Bologna has been personally enriching, academically empowering and socially enlightening. This MBA is unique in that it truly is global, with classmates from all over the world. The MBA further developed my business thinking and broadened by career horizons. It exposed me to unique opportunities and experiences. The courses have given me confidence to pursue my passions and make a career out of them."
Cheung Kit Ying – Hong Kong
Corporate Communication Specialist, Ferretti Group
MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2015/16)
"After working as a TV advertising producer for some years, I was eager to enrich my business insight and international exposure, and therefore joined BBS Global MBA programme. With the continuous contribution of the professors and administrative team, direct support from the University of Bologna, and a close connection with global market leaders, BBS provides active support to students in terms of concrete academic knowledge, worldwide network with business insiders and career prospects. My most valuable gain was the analytical approach to problem solving and decision making. The school’s business network also helped me to secure an internship which then turned into my new career in digital marketing field."
Francesca Bianchini – Italy
Founder and General Manager - Heberart House
MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2015/16)
"For the last 8 years of my life I lived and worked in the Middle East as a humanitarian worker. But for many important reasons I missed home. Back in Italy, I decided to dedicate myself to the food and wine industry. The idea was to find the same authenticity in a simple dish of “cacio e pepe” pasta or a glass of Brunello, as I had found in Jordan and Palestine.This is why I chose the Food and Wine track of BBS’ Global MBA. For me studying food and wine means learning about the inspiring examples of innovation and technology, sharing views with classmates from different backgrounds. It means having a field trip to the most famous “culatello” producer; going to a wine shop to find “the” wine bottle our wine-tasting professor suggested just a few hours before. Then, the particular Italian settings and the cultural diversity of the BBS “family” enhanced the whole flavor of this adventure. Now that the master is coming to an end, if I were asked what the Food and Wine track “tasted” like, I’d say that it was absolutely worth having it! It was an important experience and helped me make a “recipe” for my new life in Italy."
Juan Pablo Figueroa – Chile
Sales Manager - Johnson & Johnson Ethicon
Global MBA - Innovation Management / Mechanics & Automation (A.Y 2016/2017)
"After 8 years of work experience I understood that a successful professional has to go through an academic update: there are new management trends and tools that didn’t exist when I graduated. The combination of experience and new management skills really add value for both the person and the company. The University of Bologna has a long tradition, as the oldest University of the world; this directly relates to the high level of professors and speakers that we have had during the year. At BBS I found myself in a very innovative environment, it is a Business School that is always looking at what is coming next. The staff of BBS is committed to everyone’s experience and the program is well designed in terms of workload, with a high level of professors from the University and top managers from Italy and abroad. It is a privilege to be in the one of the most economically important regions of Italy and visit its leading businesses. The biggest contribution Bologna Business School has given me is the way of thinking. My view is now global, which lets me think out of the box thanks to the people I met, new business models I learned and new technology that I studied."
Lulama Yawa – South Africa
Senior Legal Manager - Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings
Global MBA - Corporate Finance (A.Y. 2014/2015)
"BBS is hugely rewarding because it not only gives a world class MBA programme that covers relevant topics taught by some of the best minds from across the world, it also forces one to grow in many other ways because of its unique location, culture and emphasis on leadership. I would go back in a heartbeat."