The Art of Leading Others Comes from the Art of Leading Oneself
For those who are, or aspire to be, in leading positions within organizations and firms with international operations. For people with the aim of shaping their future and developing their skills in international business and strategic leadership. For those who wish to participate successfully in a challenging economic development, an obvious step is to acquire a multi-faceted competence and a vital ability to act over and beyond national and cultural boundaries. This Programme makes the difference. It reflects our time, our realities and our dreams. It reflects today's business and entrepreneurial problems and challenges. It meets the demands of society at large, where knowledge, learning, competence and intellectual agility are prime qualities. On a professional level, participating students are trained to cope with the economic globalization, the multicultural challenges and partnerships, and the internationalization of firms. On a personal level, they are equally trained to become excellent team players and to enhance the strength of their character. Students, from many parts of the world, come together in this programme and contribute to its true international and entrepreneurial nature. Their driving ambitions, aspirations and desires find here a nourishing environment. It is an arena for experience, for exchange, and for professional and personal development.
"I have improved my team skills"
Hello future leaders, my name is Elisabeth. I come from Austria and I am about to finish the master's programme 'Leadership and Management in an International Context' at the LNU University in Kalmar.
Last year I completed my undergraduate studies in Tourism and Leisure Management and I felt that I am not quite done with my academic education. So I started to search the internet for options and also talked to friends for advice. It was clear for me that I wanted to experience life in a Scandinavian country, because I have met so many nice people from there and also heard so many good things about the high quality of their education system. In the end, I decided to go to Kalmar, a rather small city in the south of Sweden I have never heard before. Looking back at my time here, it was a good decision.
The programme is characterized by many nationalities and room for self studies and personal development. While working on team project with friends from all around the world I learnt a lot about how to handle cultural differences and could greatly improve my own team skills.
The city of Kalmar offers almost all that you need as a student. There are shopping facilities, restaurants, pubs and clubs (most of them offering student specials on Wednesdays and Saturdays), and also a big variety of sport facilities (if you are interested in team sports like football or volleyball there is an organisation called FIKS, which organises this kind of sports for students, there are different activities each day of the week). All of the hot spots for students are within walking distance, but many also cycle, which is a lot of fun.
The university takes great care of their international students and makes it very easy to feel welcome. During the welcome week in the beginning the student's organization organized many fun activities where you got to know the other students. Throughout this year we formed a great community in our programme and we do many free time activities like cooking, bbq, bowling,... together.
"A fantastic place to study"
Hello, everyone who is going to study in Kalmar or thinking about it. My name is Svitlana. I'm a free mover student from Ukraine and I'm doing my Master Programme in "Leadership and Management in International Context". When I have got my Bachelor Degree in Management in Ukraine I saw to study abroad as a challenge for me. I was right when I applied for the Programme "Leadership and Management in International Context".
Linnaeus University is a fantastic place to study. It is a good opportunity to find out more not only about your field of study but also about other cultures and traditions of many nationalities. Moreover, you can get a great life experience of living abroad.
The lectures and professors of the Master Programme "Leadership and Management in International Context" are great. Even if you have some problems with your studies, they are always ready to help you. The atmosphere of the university is friendly and favorable. Furthermore, there is a great library where you can find various kinds of interesting books and magazines necessary for your study. I really like to spend my time there.
During my studying we have done many projects in the group of 4-5 people. Interaction with international students is a good experience for my future work and my social communication.
Life in Kalmar
Kalmar is not big city, thus it is easy to find everything and I should not spend much of my time to get to the university, library or shopping-center. The one thing I like the most is almost all people can speak English fluently. The surroundings and nature of Kalmar is amazing. There is a Baltic sea and the bridge that leads to the big island – Öland where I can go and enjoy beautiful views. Sometimes my friends and I go to feed swans and ducks close to the sea. It is really fun. It seems that these animals are always hungry. At the beginning, I was afraid that I would not have friends here. However, after some days everything has changed. I have got friends so fast. We always share feelings, studying and relaxing together. It is an indescribable feeling to be around amazing people who are always ready to help me. We always have many social events, parties, evenings and dinner together.
Interviews with alumni
"When you are surrounded by supportive people..."
This is Karen from Shanghai, China. I got my bachelor degree in economics one year ago and I will get my master degree in leadership, soon in June. Now I am working on my thesis with my partner Isabel and after that, I will try every possible way to stay longer in Sweden since it is such a nice country with such nice people!
There are so many stories to tell about this year in Leadership program. The most impressive part and also my favorite part is to find those amazing supportive people here. I've never had such a great experience that when you need help, there is always somebody there ready to help.
The staff in university are always ready to support From accommodation to study, I get numerous supports from the staff working in our university. I enjoy free Swedish courses, free lectures in another campus of our university Växjö, book reservation service, and millions of help. One story I want to share is that once I used to lose my glasses in library and five days later when I reminded of that, I asked for help from the reception desk. The next morning I received a call telling me that they found it for me! What a surprise!
The professors and teachers are always ready to support I have no idea how the relationship between professors and students in other countries could be but here, we are friends. We never call Philippe "Dr. Prof. Daudi" although he has Phd degree and he is a professor. I have a lot of disturbing things to bother our professors and they never said "Nej". I ask feedback from them, seek advice for my study, and also discuss my future with them. They are most trusted people and never too busy to give a hand.
The lovely classmates are always ready to support Basically except toothbrush and boyfriend (or girlfriend), we share everything. Anytime when you get a problem, don't forget you are not alone. We have lots of teamwork to do this year and we benefit a lot from each other. After school, we are close friends and always play together, movie night, bowling games, barbeques, international dinners and endless parties! It is so nice to check my email account in the morning and find one saying that "since you are doing the thesis about female entrepreneurship, I think this article is gonna help you!"
Even the "strangers" are willing to support! This is a surprising part. Before we conducted our thesis interviews, we wrote a few emails to some female entrepreneurs from the list of "101 most talented Swedish young people in 2010"in the Veckan magazine and we did not expect much since "celebrities" are not accessible at least in my country. But we received several positive replies and they gave us more contacts. With these more contacts, we are getting more and more female entrepreneurs to work with, like snowball rolling. Now the problem for us is that we could not do all the interviews since the time limit!
"I highly value the emphasis on personal development"
Hej, my name is Sarah Gelhard and I am from Germany. After having studied International Tourism Management in Austria and Spain, I decided to search for a Master's program that focuses on management and leadership but also places importance on the international aspect. I finally applied for the program 'Leadership and Management in an International Context' at the LNU Kalmar since it perfectly fitted what I was looking for and lasts only one year.
Master of Science (60 credits) or Master of Science in Business and Economics (60 credits) with specialisation in Leadership and Management in International Contexts (Main Field of Study: Business Administration)
The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.
The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.
In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.