Director’s thoughts: why invest in studying in times of uncertainty

The Economist’s rankings for 2020 are out. Henley Business School has achieved really good results, especially for the Executive MBA Global, the school’s flagship programme, the career services as well as in student satisfaction. These results came in in a time when the world’s economy is contracting amid a global health crisis. What does that mean for us as a community, how do we continue the school’s business, and where do we go from here out onwards?

A mouth guard is the new normal for most of us these days.

With our finger on the pulse of economic forecasts, the immediate future is filled with worried outlooks on financial security come autumn. Access to financing is tight, if not even impossible at this moment. This has serious effects on our economy, investments and job security. A lot of organisations are wondering about the psychological impact and leadership impact of COVID-19 as well and while economic effects may be felt, this is often amplified by the effects of emotional effects. In leadership terms, greater emotionality and resilience are the sought-after qualities companies are currently looking to invest in when looking at recruitment trends. Clearly, people that can handle a crisis and steer an organization through such a maze will be the ones ending up with greater job security. Organisations like staff that are versatile, adaptable and resilient, all qualities that Henley is teaching on their current programmes.

It is because of this (and a little bit of Adam Smith’s theories) that investments in times of crisis are the best antidote and the first step on the road to recovery. For us as individuals, this means evidently that investments into our development will provide greater security in difficult times. Henley Business School is particularly in these times committed to reach out into the community. With new and flexible ways of financing executive education, the school wants to support its programme members and students to stay on course with ongoing studies and not having to worry about losing a job. Instead, finishing a strong business degree that makes an individual more employable should be at the forefront of what we do in this period. Being able to bounce back, finding a job because of a finished education and enabling to inspire their organisations is what counts in the long run.


For this reason, Henley Business School will be revisiting its financing processes to enable talents to achieve their goals and provide leaders with the security and confidence they need to consider making investments in themselves in uncertain times.


If you are planning to study on Henley’s Executive MBA Global programme with start in October 2020, Henley is making available two bursaries in support of tuition fees. In short, this means that for fast deciders until 31 July the early bird reduction still applies, in addition to our ‘Women in Leadership’ and ‘Innovation and Sustainability’ bursaries, which help individuals to make the tuition fee a bit more manageable.


On a happier note, Henley Business School in Germany kicked of its Hamburg operations in the last week of June. With two hybrid events, joining an audience on-site at the Business Club Hamburg as well as online, Henley Business School in Germany enjoyed many positive reactions and set the scene for future events in the Hanseatic Metropole. Thanks to the efforts of the German alumni lead, Doerthe Ramin, Henley is now a member of the club and effectively increased its reach within German business circles. Our sincere thanks go to Doerthe Ramin for her dedication and support.

The Business Club Hamburg where future hybrid events will take place.

Programmes on offer in Hamburg:

  • Professional Certificate in Coaching (start 24 September 2020)
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Leadership (start Spring 2021)
  • The Henley Executive MBA Global (start Spring 2021)


Henley also would like to thank its speakers: Ole Petter Anfinsen (MBA, MSc, DBA cand.) for ‘Becoming the CEO of yourself’ and Prof. Jonathan Passmore for ‘The Leader Coach’.


Henley Business School is looking forward to the future in Germany. Small changes in the set-up of the school and some investment in supporting technology have enabled the school to successfully run its programme and meet the goals of the business plan with only minor adaptations. As we all look forward to a well-deserved summer break, our entire team would like to wish you all much resilience and thank our community for their ongoing support. Henley will therefore be giving back this year: extra evenings for alumni and friends to rekindle connections and networks, a graduation ceremony in the Munich campus and many more events (in hybrid set-up) will await. We look forward to reconnecting again next month. In the meantime, please stay safe everyone and – as always – we look forward to hearing from you with any constructive feedback to take to heart.

With our best regards,

The Henley team

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The University of Reading and Henley Business School in Germany are closely monitoring the situation regarding the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 and we have established a senior group to direct the University’s response.

Our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff, students and visitors and minimise disruption to University activities. We are following all government advice including health advice from Public Health England, the Health Authorities in Germany and travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as the German Foreign Ministry.

For all programme participants and customers of Henley Business School Germany, we advise that it remains safe for most people to continue to go to work, school and other public places, as long as you comply with the guidelines provided by state authorities, of which a list of links can be found here below. We only ask you to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to do so by a medical professional or other competent authority.

So far we have not been advised of any wider health implications for programme participants in Germany-based courses. However, if you have been traveling recently to affected areas and suspect that you might have been exposed to the virus, please do notify us early so that we can put in place the necessary measures for alternative access to course materials and lectures as you may need to self-isolate and not be able to participate in face-to-face workshops.

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in Germany and information about the virus and its symptoms is available on the Bavarian Health Ministry info page on the COVID-19 outbreak (in German).

We continue to reassure our customers that for the time being our programmes continue to run as planned. We have equipped our offices with extra hand sanitizers and increased the level of cleaning in the workshop spaces. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Should the situation change, we will inform all current programme members and customers directly as well as via this website.

We thank all our customers for their support and understanding in these trying times.

Who counts as case of suspicion and what are the current risk areas?

Telephone hotlines & further information

  • Corona hotline of the central Bavarian Health Authority, Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL): 09131/ 6808-5101
  • Corona hotline of the City of Munich’s Health Authority (Referat für Gesundheit und Umwelt): 089 233/ 47819 (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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