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At the start of this year I enrolled in the ‘Executive Master Enterprise IT Architecture’ at Antwerp Management School. Last week the master kicked off with a residential seminar in the charming Belgian town of Oud-Turnhout. In a beautiful setting at Priorij Corsendonck, a former monastery, the first meeting between teachers and students took place.


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Three majors

After a great lunch, we started off with a presentation about the organization of the 3 majors within the master program, namely Architecture, Management, and Governance, and all kinds of practical aspects concerning time tables, parking and hotels. The common ground shared by the 3 majors was immediately clear, as well as their differences.

Personal Development

Next, we went a little deeper with a sustantial session about Enterprise Governance of IT. This immediately set the tone for the remainder of 2 days and the next 2 years. The day was concluded with a good team building session as a part of ‘Personal Development’ and afterwards 2 alumni shared their experiences. The day was really closed off at the diner and after drinking some (really good!) ‘Corsendonck’ beers at the hotel bar.

I can already see more than enough possibilities to take my own work to the next level.

The second day was all about Architecture and in the 2 morning sessions we quickly jumped in at the deep end. We ran through familiar and unfamiliar conceptual models, theories and analyses at a high pace. I can already see more than enough possibilities to take my own work to the next level. In the afternoon we paid some attention to IT projects and the relationship between project success and having Enterprise Governance of IT in place.

The master has an exceptionally high level, great teachers and a nice, diverse group of students.

 

The right choice

It has become clear to me that I’ve absolutely made the right choice with the ‘Executive master Enterprise IT Architecture’ in Antwerp. The master has an exceptionally high level, great teachers and a nice, diverse group of students. I’ve had 2 inspiring days and I can’t wait until the next sessions!


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