SSE Riga Executive Education: Scholarships are offered to managers from small and medium-sized enterprises and NGOs
SSE Riga Executive Education has organized various open programmes in cooperation with the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan since 2007.
In February 2017, SSE Riga Rector Anders Paalzow, Vice President of Public Affairs Anders Alexanderson and Chairman of the SSE Riga Foundation Anders Rydin visited the School’s long-time partner Amy Gillett, who is Vice President of the William Davidson Institute (all four pictured above), and, among other things, discussed how to provide quality professional development opportunities for managers from small companies who cannot afford to pay full tuition for Executive Education programmes at SSE Riga.
Each year the William Davidson Institute provides several Teeter Scholarships for managers from small and medium-sized enterprises and NGOs. Teeter Scholarships are awarded to managers in order to give them an opportunity to participate in selected SSE Riga Executive Education open programmes at no cost. The scholarships are named after the late Robert M. Teeter, an advisor to U.S. presidents from 1968-1992 and a former board member of the William Davidson Institute.
This Spring, full-tuition scholarships are available for the following SSE Riga open programmes, which are run in cooperation with the William Davidson Institute:
Who can apply?
- Directors and specialists at non-governmental organizations from any of the Baltics countries, Belarus and Moldova (full-time employees of NGOs will be given preference over board members, part-time employees or volunteers);
- General directors and managers of local companies in the Baltics, Belarus and Moldova. The company’s size should be no more than 10 employees. Company turnover should be under two million Euros.
- Applicants should be fluent in English.
Read insights from a few of the managers who received Teeter Scholarship funding and attended the Mini MBA: Strategic Management Programme at SSE Riga in 2016. Here are their stories:
Irēna Ļeoņenko (Latvia): Connecting companies through HR
Irēna Ļeoņenko heads the Latvian Association for People Management (LAPM), an NGO with 230 company members. To increase the competencies of HR managers and specialists, LAPM organizes activities such as seminars, experience exchanges, and an annual conference.
The Mini MBA: Strategic Management Programme exposed new areas for her to consider in pursuit of this vision – in particular, marketing, finance, and how everything depends on strategy. The programme’s subject areas “are core elements for any type of activity, whether at business or non-governmental organizations,” Ļeoņenko said. “For leaders at organizations, it is extremely important not only to work on the basis of intuition, but also to be real professionals – to have knowledge of how to model, evaluate, and take decisions. The systemic approach of the Mini MBA: Strategic Management Programme helps you to understand the pluses and minuses, the strengths and shortcomings in doing analysis the right way, and to come to conclusions that help you to proceed.”
Dovilė Pranckevičienė (Lithuania): From lawyer to entrepreneur
Dovilė Pranckevičienė of Lithuania is the co-founder and director of a foreign language training school. Pranckevičienė did not start out in management. After earning a law degree, she practiced as an international lawyer. But as is the case for many who become entrepreneurs, she got the itch to do something on her own. “My knowledge was very narrow,” she said.
Attending the Mini MBA: Strategic Management Programme “was really an eye-opener for me, as I had no background in business management.” She said she “gained a lot of knowledge in a short period of time.”
“Before taking this programme, my main goal was to deepen my knowledge and, furthermore, gain new knowledge in many business areas which might improve my executive skills as well as strengthen my leadership skills and help in the future with managerial work,” she said. “This programme exceeded my expectations.”
Aleksandrs Lescinskis (Latvia): Active learning for active interests
Aleksandrs Lescinskis has his own law firm in Latvia and also manages a judo studio and a sports association. He liked the condensed timeframe of the Mini MBA: Strategic Management Programme and the collaborative atmosphere.
“During a short period of time – two weeks, four modules – you can share your existing experience with professors and colleagues, looking at the same things from different angles, broadening your perspective,” he said. “We work in different areas, but during this course we found similar things to discuss, to share. I had a chance to find out new things, to work with new colleagues, new professors, to communicate. All these things will help me in the future.”
Santa Krastiņa (Latvia): Strategically strengthening the non-profit sector
As a leader of an environmental NGO, Santa Krastiņa said she immediately put to work what she learned during the Mini MBA: Strategic Management Programme. Krastiņa shared her training with her colleagues at her organization and expects their new knowledge to positively impact how they work with partners and how they approach new markets.
“We have a lot to think through about our future – how we will fund our organization, how we will survive,” she said. Attending the programme alongside managers of for-profit firms enabled her, she said, to learn from the problems the business sector encounters and to find out how her colleagues develop ideas and solutions. She also gained more tools to forge strategic partnerships across sectors – including with traditional, for-profit firms.