Manuel Konold - Grenoble School of Management, France

Dual Degree - MSc International Management (Exeter), MSc Management (Grenoble)

Manuel Konold believes in grasping every opportunity when it comes to expanding his business knowledge. Having thrown himself into his studies at Exeter, he’s now set to go to Grenoble to study a second Masters in Management.

“After studying Business Administration in Germany and Japan, and working for different types of companies in the US, Hong Kong and Germany, I was on the search for a top British business school, with excellent teaching and a world-class reputation. The University of Exeter perfectly met these criteria and many more besides, with a ranking in the top 10 business schools in the UK, a highly developed, global network of alumni and partner companies, and a vibrant, international student community.

The MSc in International Management course is very flexible, so it’s really up to you what direction you want to take the programme in. Whether you choose to study the Principles of International Business, Leadership and Global Challenges, or Managing in a Multinational Context, all the courses are highly interconnected, always up-to-date with international management topics, and flexible enough to cover recent economic issues and trends.

The lecturers come from many different parts of the world and different professional backgrounds, and frequently use relevant case studies, interactive group seminars, presentations and lecture polls, to put our theoretical knowledge into practice. Overall, the modules and lecturers have helped me fulfill my goal of gaining the skills and tools needed to compete in today’s global business world, while also taking my prior academic and professional experience onto the next stage.

During my year at Exeter, I took the opportunity to apply for the new double degree award programme, recently set up between the University of Exeter and the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France and I was fortunate enough to be one of the two students accepted onto the programme.

What I’m enjoying most about my year in Grenoble is the high diversity of courses on offer and the diversity of the students studying here. The location is excellent as well – there are plenty of opportunities to go hiking, biking and skiing with the world famous ‘Les Deux Alpes’ right next door.

Make no mistake – the International Management programme is not an easy ride. You will need a good dose of determination, self-management skills and the will to leave your comfort zone at any time. You’ll also need to think creatively in order to lead yourself and your teams to success. All of this can be very challenging at times – but also extremely rewarding. I have enjoyed every single day at Exeter and I can't wait to put my skills and knowledge to good use.”