In almost every country in the world, the largest part of revenue and employment is generated by Small and Medium- Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Paradoxically, the attention of most business authors and university programs has been predominantly directed to the big corporations, their special issues and insights.
At SEPT, we are convinced that the future of our economies relies on SMEs. For this reason, we have developed a program dedicated to conveying theoretical knowledge, application-oriented findings and practice-relevant experience with regard to the management, promotion and development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Special issues addressed are the identification of innovation possibilities inside SMEs, their growth potentials as well as new concepts for promoting them and generating positive multiplier effects on their business environments.
The two-year study program focuses predominantly on economic issues containing different concepts, approaches and aspects, ranging from supporting small businesses coping with survival to promoting innovative, dynamic enterprises. One particular issue is the identification of growth potential and concepts re-evaluating economic and industrial policy. Nevertheless, political and socio-economic considerations, such as securing employment and income for the poor, are part of our program.
This approach facilitates qualified training for upcoming professionals and members of institutions who already hold a degree and have some practical experience in working in/with small and medium-sized enterprises.
Additionally, the course enables participants to work as multipliers in decision-making positions, provide support to small and medium-sized businesses as well as to promote innovative entrepreneurs. The whole program is taught in English.
The Program was conceived in an international atmosphere, as most of the students (more than 90%) come from outside Germany. SEPT awards credit points under the ECTS system (120 for the entire course).
Additionally, SEPT will provide varied contacts to German and European institutions and experts of small enterprise promotion, and a special support for the networks and information exchange between SEPT graduates, alumni, institutions promoting small enterprises and socio-economic development, international chambers of commerce, research institutions, and other development projects.
Currently, we are expanding to other countries in order to meet the local demand for SME development, offering a high quality MBA on this subject. This way, more people are benefiting from our courses.