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  International Distance Learning Programs in Leadership Development



Please note: the curricular programmes are phased out as of 2020-2021  


Pioneering role: individualized study-pace and guidance


During 18 years, from 2002 to 2020, THIERRY Online was the school's international distance education unit in leadership studies and practice, and a multidisciplinary one in the fields and professions of the students and alumni.  


THIERRY Online has welcomed students from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Czech Republic, Dubai, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, P.R. China, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam,..


By its pioneering role and with its journey type of approach in the training of leaders and leadership educators around the world, our online leadership unit has often been 'coined' a forerunner. Our educational approach in distance learning is individualized (not cohort-based), meeting the evolving needs of professionally active individuals who have the determination to combine work and personal life with self-paced distance learning. Each programme-participant also receives personalized e-coaching and mentoring by experienced leadership faculty members. Effectiveness, quality, and person-centeredness are a few of the strongholds in the THIERRY leadership development curricula. All of those educational strongholds hade meanwhile been entrusted to INSIL Distance Education entirely specialized in distance education and blended learning. 


Milestones in online-based leadership education


The THIERRY Master of Arts in Leadership curriculum's distance learning version was launched in 2002. It was the first online master's degree-curriculum in leadership designed and offered by an institution of higher distance education based in the European Union. 


In 2004 our postgraduate curriculum leading to a PhD degree in Leadership, was Europe's first distance education doctorate program in the core field or discipline of study of leadership. Courses are offered in online or partly blended learning mode, combining self-paced home-study courses, e-coaching, and short residencies.


The Environmental Leadership online graduate curriculum specialisation called TERRA, was in 2002 the first "green leadership" distance learning degree curriculum in the entire world. Since 2014 the TERRA Environmental  Leadership programmes were embodied by the i2LN Icare Institute for Leadership and Nature, an initiative of THIERRY under the supervision of INSIL. Since 2017 there was also a specialist doctorate (PhD) programme in Environmental Leadership. 



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