QTEM Masters Network

Student perspective

Axel Jacobsen is a recent graduate of BI and here he provides a firsthand account of his experience as a participant in the QTEM Masters Network.

"I chose QTEM because of the whole package and the unique learning experience it has to offer. You can tailor your education with the courses you would like to take at acknowledged universities. The selection of courses is wide, from marketing and sales to finance.

To get accepted into the QTEM programme you need to get a sufficient score on the GMAT test. The GMAT is probably one of the most challenging tests I’ve ever taken, but you get to learn new ways to think critically and how to work more efficiently – which you can use to your own advantage later in life.

In addition, QTEM offers international exposure. Unlike the MSc programmes at BI you get the opportunity to study abroad at two universities, not only one. Personally, I traveled to Taiwan to experience something totally different than the European culture and mindset. The learning environment in Taiwan was indeed something completely different than what I was used to at BI. You get to meet a lot of people from all around the world and the possibility to get an international network. Back in Europe, I’ve travelled to Switzerland, England and Brussels for reunions.

My second exchange went to Luiss Guido Carli, because of the courses they had to offer. At Luiss, I took five “core” finance courses on the back of my interests. The courses I took have provided me with a strong background in analytical skills and financial theory.

To complete the QTEM degree you need to have a relevant internship where you get the opportunity to put theory into practice. I had my internship at Arctic Securities as an Equity Analyst. After the internship, I got a full-time position at Arctic Securities and I believe that QTEM helped to achieve that.”