Professional Education


Professional Education

Our programs are:


Incorporate the latest thinking in management education


Consider the local environment, including opportunities and constraints


Empower learners to put tools and frameworks into practice


WDI partners with universities and training organizations in low- and middle-income countries to offer open and custom programs on a full range of managerial topics, including strategy, sales management, marketing, finance, operations, entrepreneurship, leadership, HR, negotiations, and our flagship mini-MBA program.

WDI works with world-class instructors from leading universities—including our home at the University of Michigan—to develop and deliver programs. Through our rich faculty network, cultivated over the past 25-plus years, we deploy experts with both deep subject matter expertise and relevant regional experience. WDI professional education programs are powered by our proprietary learning management system, ExtendEd, designed specifically for working adult learners. All participants received a co-branded certificate of completion.

Since 1992, WDI has trained over 20,000 managers from over 8,000 organizations representing 35 countries. Participants in WDI’s programs have come from corporations, small businesses, startups, NGOs and government agencies.



Contact us to explore ways we can work together to craft a cutting-edge management training program for your organization. We are also looking for universities and training institutes to partner with us on offering our 10-day mini-MBA certificate program. Click here for more details on this program!


Our open programs address a range of management topics in countries around the world. Participants benefit by learning alongside other managers from a variety of organizations and industries. The following programs are open for enrollment. Click the buttons for more information, including registration information.

Students at an FPT classroom in Vietnam.

Advanced Mini-MBA program

July 11–Sept 30, 2022

Online & in-person in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Advanced MiniMBA program provides a transformative learning experience for managers in Vietnam who are ready to take their careers to the next level. WDI, in partnership with the FPT School of Business and Technology, offers a program to equip participants with cross-functional management approaches, help managers improve their skill sets and gain new approaches to critical business challenges. The program combines the latest mindset in management, and considering the real-life context of vibrant business activities, aiming to make participants the global leaders of today and tomorrow.

Strategic Management Program

Nov 21–25, Dec 5–9, 2022

SSE Riga Online & In-person

WDI’s flagship mini-MBA certificate program, delivered in partnership with SSE Riga, is now being offered in a flexible, hybrid format. It includes a blend of synchronous & asynchronous online and face-to-face instruction at SSE Riga. The Strategic Management Programme features six modules which equip participants with a cross-functional approach to business. The program offers access to world-class professors who will share global best practices in the areas of marketing, strategy, financial management, and leadership. It features lively discussions around global management trends and ample opportunity to explore the challenges that participants face everyday in their businesses. 

Leadership & Coaching Program

2022 Dates TBD

This experiential course will focus on the leader as coach. We will explore mindsets, frameworks, tools and capabilities that leaders must have to successfully coach others. We will use the GROW coaching model to teach a framework for leading through coaching and will also use this framework to customize the learning for participants so that they can create the most value with their stakeholders, teams and organizations.
Man moving piece on chess board

PG Certificate in HR Technology & Digital Transformation

Aug–Jan 2023

Online / 3 hours per week
Today’s CEOs are expecting HR to help improve decisions on workforce diversity, employee retention, and talent management & acquisition to deliver better on business outcomes. HR data and analytics is imperative for HR leaders to better recruit, retain, and forecast talent needs. If you’re an HR executive interested in staying on top of the latest trends, getting 1:1 mentoring with industry experts, and expanding your professional network, please join us for this online certificate program. 

Contact Us

For more information on this and other programs please submit the contact form or email us at

Grievance Policy: Any student wishing to report a violation of the Proprietary Schools Act 148 of 1943 as amended in P.A. 212 of 2009 may file a complaint with the State of Michigan.

Nondiscriminatory Policy: WDI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and other school-administered programs.

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