Columbia and TIME Announce Joint Program
Columbia Business School and TIME are releasing a new series of online, on-demand business classes designed to help people build skills in times of economic uncertainty.
The b-school announced that the series, “The Business of Change,” will focus on building and expanding critical skills both in and out of the office. Classes are designed to help people expand their professional skills. These topics include the essential skills to become a more successful leader; creating a customer-centric marketing strategy; the fundamentals of corporate finance; negotiation skills; and more.
“As recent events have demonstrated, the world can change in extraordinary ways quite quickly,” Pierre Yared, the MUTB Professor of International Business and Vice Dean for Executive Education at Columbia Business School, says in a press release. “Now more than ever, executives and professionals – both new and experienced – must be equipped with advanced skills and knowledge to effectively seize new opportunities, navigate through uncertainty, and thrive in any environment.”
The program, which will be hosted online, will feature online classes open for 90 days from date purchased. Classes are fully on-demand and self-guided and delivered via recorded media. The expected weekly time commitment is 1-3 hours. Additionally, courses will be offered at an accessible price with the support of Columbia Business School’s corporate partner Deluxe.
Students won’t earn university credits for taking the courses; however, they will receive a Certificate of Participation in the Business of Change Program from Columbia Business School and TIME.
One of the goals of the program, according to officials, is to help champion businesses by offering practical skills to individuals.
“Being at the forefront of innovative educational opportunities with Columbia and TIME is something Deluxe is proud to be part of. Our mission is to champion business so communities thrive. Right now, businesses of all sizes are struggling and so are their communities, so it is incumbent on us to step forward and support educational opportunities such as these,” Chris Thomas, Chief Revenue Officer of Deluxe, says in a press release. “Entrepreneurs and business owners are hungry for tools that will help them pivot and thrive in this new reality.”