Marketers target them. Employers covet them. The insurgents are on the front lines. These are the pioneers who see the possibilities first and are not afraid of the risks. Tech savvy and resourceful, early adopters are founders and influencers, always looking for an edge to be faster, better, easier – to expand their reach and have a deeper impact. They also don’t follow crowds or conventions. In business schools, early adopters don’t just want to study the disruption, they plan to lead it… and be surrounded by people who defend it.
This is the whole point of the Quantic School of Business and Technology. Dubbed “the business school of the future,” the program was started by Tom Adams, an INSEAD MBA who brought Rosetta Stone to the public ten years ago. With Quantic, Adams has created what he calls a “quantum leap” in online MBA education. It’s a breakthrough that reinvents business training for early adopters who think mobile first and learn on their own schedule. More than that, Quantic is offering a 13-month MBA for just $ 9,600, reducing the debt and opportunity costs that plague other business programs.
And Quantic does so with an 85% graduation rate and graduates receiving salary increases of 35% to 40% within 18 months of graduation.
ONE OF THE MOST SELECTIVE MBA PROGRAMS IN THE WORLD
The program is also very popular… and quite selective. In 2020, for example, the program received more than 70,000 applications between its MBA and Executive MBA programs. At the same time, the program’s 11% acceptance rate last year has made it one of the most selective MBA programs in the world. One reason: the program can be completed for up to 15 hours per week. Better yet, 70% of lessons are taken on smartphones in an interactive format that keeps students engaged. This innovation has been one of the greatest benefits for Lucky Aziken, a Nigerian CEO who will graduate from Quantic’s MBA program in 2022.
“I took the business foundation courses and loved the way it was presented – simple, everyday language, ”he says. P&Q. “At first I was surprised at how I needed to be involved in the learning process because almost every 8-10 seconds I had to interact with the material. It was as if I was practically teaching myself. The active learning model suits me perfectly because it allows me to reflect in a coherent way on the acquired knowledge and to develop concrete advances. I wanted an MBA program that allowed me to solve the daily business challenges of our social enterprise and the Quantic MBA was perfect.
Aziken himself embodies the early adoptive spirit of Quantic. A doctor of optometry by training, Aziken didn’t just want a stable career. He longed for an imperious mission. He found it after seeing a close family member become visually impaired due to the lack of quality eye care around him. In response, Aziken launched Vision Care Givers International, which focuses on providing “quality and affordable eye care services to underserved communities around the world”. In Africa, his vision has helped more than 15,000 Nigerians, not to mention 1,250 other refugees in a nearby camp. Aziken has also set up four clinics that act as social enterprises, as well as an educational arm whose efforts have reached 2 million people in 187 countries.
For its innovations, Aziken won the LEAP Africa Outstanding Fellow Award last October. The recognition continued to come over the past year, he adds. “I received the Eye Health Hero 2020 award from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) for my role in helping communities access quality eye care… This is the highest honor in eye care for young leaders under 35.
The MBA IS ALREADY PAID
This year, Aziken is focusing more on his studies at Quantic, a move that has already paid off for his company. “In one of our modules, Customer Discovery, I understood the meaning of a startup and it changed my life,” he admits. “I initially thought of a startup as a business during the first two or three years of operation, but realized that it takes about the time it takes to research a scalable business model. , reproducible and profitable. This has been important in helping our social enterprise to focus on testing our models and proving them before investing heavily in them. We were no longer afraid of failing as we had the option to pivot if things didn’t go as planned.
Aziken is not the only Quantic MBA candidate to make a difference in the healthcare field. Benedikt Rechmann is from Heidelberg, Germany who can taste any Scotch whiskey and tell you the region where he is from. However, his real claim to fame is as a postdoctoral researcher at the German Cancer Research Center, where he made advancements in metabolic treatments. He also notes that his quantum lessons have helped him find ways to better support cancer patients.
“I learned to ‘think business’, that is to say to identify a problem of potential customers which creates a market for new products,” he explains. “Here you invent potential solutions to this problem and test their potential on a very small scale – your family, your friends and your personal network. You develop an idea, find business partners, and create a product. Just recently, I went through this process when I realized that cancer patients needed extra care, and I am currently working on making it into a business idea.
DESIGNING EXPERIENCES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
Adriana blachowicz is another postdoctoral researcher in the class of 2022. Working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this first user describes herself as an “expert in space biology passionate about science, art and literature”. Blachowicz’s long-term goal is to move into translational science, using his quantum MBA to refine a broader perspective that balances his prowess in research and hard science. Already, its influence literally extends to the stars.
“[My biggest achievement] sent experiments to the International Space Station and had them performed by astronauts, in order to understand how microbes adapt to the space environment, ”she writes. “Even though I expect my future professional steps to naturally lead me to more managerial positions, less in direct contact with science, fungal biology holds a special place in my heart.
The ability to integrate two distinct mindsets is one of the qualities of an early adopter. This description would fit Kenny Ooi to a tee. In his undergraduate degree, he studied music – the trumpet, in particular – at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. Two years ago, he was selected to travel to 11 sites as part of the Asian Youth Orchestra Summer Camp and Tour. In the process, he developed a passion for social entrepreneurship. This led him to launch The Rondo Production, a company designed to make Malaysia a center of musical education and performance. For his efforts, Ooi was named one of the top 20 social entrepreneurs of 2020 in South East Asia and Australia by the Australian government.
“After years of performing and traveling to other countries around the world, I realized how insufficient support for music education in Malaysia is,” Ooi observes. “I decided I wanted to bring my knowledge to the community. Therefore, by creating my social business – The Rondo Production – my team and I hope to make music accessible and affordable for everyone. Receiving these prestigious awards motivated me and my team to grow.
CREATION OF MICROSOFT, AMAZON AND GOOGLE
Last year, Quantic revealed that it had more than 350 students who worked at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. This number is expected to increase with the class of 2022, certainly with Google. Keisuke Kawase, a product support manager for Google Maps, and Ljiljana Rajacic, a software engineer at Google, both plan to graduate from Quantic next year. In fact, Rajacic may come up with an intriguing fact about his impact on his employers.
“In 2013, I joined Microsoft and Bill Gates became the richest man on the planet. In 2017, I joined Amazon and Jeff Bezos became the richest man on the planet. In 2020 I joined Google and now Google is generating record revenue. Coincidence? I do not think so.
Don’t bet that Rajacic stays in tech long enough to add a fourth company to his list. She may be one of the first to adopt, but her success also depends on how quickly she adapts. “When I was a kid my parents owned several small businesses, so I grew up in a very entrepreneurial family,” Rajacic recalls. “Considering this was a time of record inflation in war-torn Yugoslavia, many of these ventures would fail and my parents had to work hard, iterate quickly, and be extremely creative without having a formal education for it. I hope I learned something from their practical experience, but I would also like to fill in the gaps (or rather build a more stable foundation) through an MBA. Ultimately, I also want to try entrepreneurship.
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