International Comparison in Business Education 商學教育的國際比較

(附中文) I am highly interested in international comparison in different topics because this is the best way to learn from others cultures and think about how we can improve our own countries. As a current MBA student, here I am going to compare the business education in Maastricht University, Harvard Business School and National Taiwan University in the hope of having some reflection on the education in Taiwan and the U.S.

Maastricht University in Netherlands

Maastricht University (MU) is famous for its problem-based learning, which has the spirit to learn business by tackling real problems.

  • Course setup: there are only 10-15 students per class, and in every class, a team will set the agenda and lead the discussion on a specific problem that companies are facing. The professor is only an observer rather than a lecturer or a facilitator.
  • For example, in a class of Global Supply Chain Management, the leading team projected a map of Kazakhstan to let students discuss on where to build the new factory to produce chocolate for the European market.
  • Pros: through the problem-based learning, students can simulate the real business environments to frame problems, set meeting goals and facilitate meetings – very similar to what I have learned in the management consulting firm!

Harvard Business School in the United States

Harvard Business School (HBS) is famous for its case method, which provides students opportunities to learn by reviewing and discussing on tons of cases throughout courses.

  • Course setup: each class, there are 90 students with diverse background and 1 professor facilitating the discussion.
  • Pros: the learning mostly comes from the perspectives provided by students with different experiences (ex: cultures, industries or positions).
  • Cons: as the framework and directions of discussion are provided by professors, students lose the opportunities to learn how to set meeting agendas, lead meetings and achieve goals successfully. Compared to the education system in MU, HBS might need to improve the training on this aspect and let students gain the critical capabilities in communication through a more effective way.

National Taiwan University in Taiwan

National Taiwan University (NTU) is the top one university in Taiwan, but most business classes are still in lectures rather than discussion.

  • In my opinion, business and management cannot be learned only through a series of lectures without any debate and disagreement. Moreover, in a semester lasting for three months, students might only review less than 5 cases, leading to a lack of connection between knowledge to application.
  • I believe NTU has pretty high quality faculty, so if they can adjust the teaching methodology to be more student-centric, then students must learn much more from the curriculum.


[荷蘭 – 馬斯垂克大學]


[美國 – 哈佛商學院]


[台灣 – 台灣大學]



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