A space equipped with a screen for each class participant, which allows the teacher to maintain direct contact, a fluid dialogue and an interactive environment, as if everyone were in the same classroom. This is the new virtual experience proposed by INCAE Business School.

This month Latin America's leading business school takes on a new challenge to respond to the technological changes that accelerated with the pandemic with the MBA Online. It adapts to a virtual format, for the first time, the program with the longest trajectory, "without losing academic excellence", is the promise made by the representatives of the institute.

This Monday, March 28, in a virtual press conference, Enrique Bolaños, Rector of INCAE Business School, Bernard Kilian, Dean of Faculty and Carla Fernandez, Academic Director of the program, presented this new Master's program to the Latin American media.

About the program

The Master in Business Administration Online(MBA Online) will have 8 modules taught in blended format:

  • 3 face-to-face one-week immersion meetings at the Walter Kissling Gam campus in Costa Rica.
  • Synchronous sessions twice a week.
  • Asynchronous sessions with study resources.

Founded by Harvard Business School, the Central American-based business school follows the case method, which is characterized by the interaction with people that has become a hallmark of education at INCAE.

Bernard Kilian emphasized during the conference that "critical thinking is formed in dialogue, between first-rate teachers and students", and for this reason, technology has been sought to maintain this training in a way that is more similar to face-to-face training.

According to Carla Fernández, the face-to-face weeks are "fundamental to create a bond between students, with professors and with the institution", which is why they are included to complement the experience INCAE.

Who is it aimed at?

The Online MBA lasts two years and is designed for professionals who are unable to dedicate themselves to full-time study, due to various family or work responsibilities, but who "want to advance their careers towards a managerial focus and experience a first-class business education," said Fernandez.

INCAE has more than 50 years training professionals in the Master in Business Administration with a firm mission: "To actively contribute to the sustainable development of countries through transformative education," said Enrique Bolaños. This work is extended with this new program to change the lives of new professionals in Latin America who cannot be part of the full time programs.

The press conference culminated with these words from the rector highlighting the importance of education at the management level: "What the region needs are good MBAs to generate wealth, create opportunities, generate jobs, generate sustainable development for all our countries.

Although the program is delivered through a different channel, it maintains the same objective and rigor that distinguish INCAE with its face-to-face MBA. It will begin in November of this year and the digital classrooms are already under construction.