Students & Testimonials
MS in Technology Management and Innovation Class of 2019
- Students: 15
- Countries: 8 in Europe, the Americas and Asia
- Age: 33 years on average, ranging from 23 to 43
- Work experience: 8 years on average, ranging from 0 to 20
- Female-to-male: 8:7
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Misikir is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he worked as an IT consultant in the tourism and hospitality industry. István is managing director of a web development firm based in Budapest. Nizar is a former IT specialist who worked for a bank's IT infrastructure management department in his home country of Jordan.
Why did you decide to do the MS in Technology Management and Innovation? What were the key elements for you to choose CEU?
“The main reason was to have a paradigm shift of skill, from technical to managerial in my IT understanding,” Misikir said.
István added, “I wanted to develop my knowledge of technology management from a professional and academic point of view to make it solid and well-structured. I preferred an international school where I could also benefit from a global perspective owing to the professors, distributed materials as well as my classmates.”
Nizar’s reasons were a little different. “As the years were passing by I realized that there is a need for IT personnel to have at least a basic knowledge about the business field. I started looking for a program that combines business with technology – an MBA with an IT flavor maybe? It was then that I discovered the program.”
“I gained a monetary understanding of technology processes and procedures that I was not used to considering” Misikir answered. “I also gained leadership skills and understood the power of networking, and how to benefit from it in the 21st century when our world has become so small.
“I have learned management concepts and the focus points of IT management,” István observed. “Because of this program, I now have a good perception of myself and can position myself compared to my peers. I also discovered how much my knowledge is worth in the global market.
Nizar reflected on the soft skills he took away from the program: “I find myself more professional when talking to different individuals from various industries and roles. I am really grateful that with this knowledge I have made many contacts in this region.”
“The program was what I would call intense, especially in the first trimester,” Misikir opined. His sentiment was shared by István. “The first trimester was the most demanding, as the knowledge we gained during this period was the prerequisite for the tasks we worked on in the second and third trimesters. In general, it required about 30 net hours a week.”
How has CEU help you in your career development? What were your expectations after graduation?
For Misikir, the program led to a change in professional direction. “CEU gave me exposure with its brilliant name and fame in the region. It helped me fully capitalize on that in addition to the skills I acquired during my study. It also shifted interest in my career. I have a long-term dream of becoming CEO of my own startup, which the CEU InnovationsLab can eventually help with. Now I am a BI project manager.
István felt that “CEU helped us with career development programs, and by providing the necessary and relevant knowledge as part of the coursework. We developed a good understanding of company structures through guest speakers. My expectation was to expand my knowledge in IT management, and CEU provided the right tools for this.”
As for Nizar, the program opened a new world of possibilities. “I believe this degree has expanded my employability. I can apply for IT, IT-business and even business roles now. It is quite impressive how popular these roles currently are in this region.”