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– I now have the tools to be a part of the energy transition

Jaya Singh might have discovered the BI EMME programme by accident, but she is left with a broad understanding and deeper insight of the energy sector – as well as an international business network.

– The programme gave me a better overall understanding of the energy sector, of the ongoing transition, and all the crucial changes happening, she says. But her ending up at BI in the first place was a lucky coincidence.

– I saw an advertisement for BI on a billboard at the bus stop, and something about the ad caught my attention. It looked very interesting, so I went home and had a look at their website. When I read about the EMME programme, it really resonated with me, says Jaya, who after studying petroleum engineering in the Netherlands, started working at Statoil, now Equinor, in Norway in 2009. – I worked as a drilling and completion engineer there until 2016, before starting my own consultancy company in 2017. My current contract is with Equinor working offshore as a drilling supervisor.

High academic quality and important insights

When she compared the program at BI to other schools, she could not find any with a similar curriculum.

– The possibility to dig deep into the different aspects of the energy sector was the main thing that caught my interest when I researched the different study programmes. I was curious about both the business side and the politics behind the transition to more sustainable energy solutions. Getting insight from a business school's point of view was interesting, she says. 

 – The programme gives you a very good overview of what is going on in the world and in the global political landscape. Which countries have what opinions, what are the different countries doing in terms of changing rules and regulations, and what are they advocating for regarding energy solutions? You really get the big picture. 

The Executive Master of Management in Energy consists of four one-week modules and one two-weeks-module, and lasts 18 months. This allows you to ​​complete the executive master while continuing to work full time. 

Lars Huemer is Associate Dean and leads the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at BI. He explains the high quality of the program as a combination of academic knowledge and hands-on experience. 

– The high professional level of the BI programme is achieved through a combination of academic resources and practitioners, who come from the business world with broad and deep experience. We combine academics with business expertise, including the authority perspective and regulations.


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The Executive Master of Management in Energy is a collaboration between the leading international institutions BI Norwegian Business School and IFP School in Paris. The program lasts for 18 months, including four one-week modules and one two-weeks-module. The global focus of the industry is reflected in the structure of this programme, and classes normally have more than 15-20 nationalities represented. The EMME  program is suitable for both professionals already familiar with the industry, as well as those aspiring to work in the energy field.

Fellow students from all over the world

It wasn't just the professors and lecturers that gave new learning experiences. Her fellow students definitely contributed, says Jaya.

– I studied alongside 16 classmates from different countries and different cultural backgrounds. This made for both diverse and interesting group dynamics and different perspectives in group work and discussions. It gave me a global perspective – and not to mention an international network, she says.

– The modules are set up with a lot of group work which allows you to interact, and it has been a very exciting experience.

Professor Huemer believes the students interacting is crucial to their learning.

– The competence and experience the students themselves bring to the table is absolutely essential, and an important part of the programme is the learning that we create together in the classroom.

Tools to find new solutions

The need for change and new solutions within the energy sector is a global challenge, so being able to discuss different approaches with skilled people from all over the world was exciting, says Jaya.

– There were a broad range of different people and disciplines represented, which opened up for learning how differently we all think. Not to mention the valuable insight this gave on how things work in other parts of the world.

Having completed the Executive Master of Management in Energy has prepared her for the changes that are coming, says Jaya. 

– The BI EMME programme equips you with the tools to be a part of the transition in the energy sector. And it definitely plays a part in driving change within the sector, by training good candidates who can be part of the solution.

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