Wollongong Sydney Business School has been given the top nod by CEO Magazine, naming its MBA program as the best in Australia and in the top 20 globally.
CEO Magazine complies the lists through the International Graduate Forum, which considers factors such as key performance indicators, international diversity, class sizes, faculty qualifications, student work experience and faculty-to-student ratios.
The business school’s MBA program director Dr Venkat Yanamandram was thrilled with the announcement saying the ranking recognises not only Wollongong’s commitment to student education in business skills but also equipping them with the knowledge employers look for in high-potential managers.
“Our standing highlights the continuos improvements made to Sydney Business School in providing an educational experience that enhances the leadership potential and personal capabilities of our aspiring students and the efforts we put to prepare students for the challenges of ever-changing business environment,” said Dr Yanamandram.
Dr Yanamandram believes that MBA graduates are able to pursue many different paths, with opportunities from furthering existing careers to completely changing tact and starting their own business venture.
“MBA’s are designed for junior and aspiring professionals – with ambition and drive – to develop their strategic leadership and managerial skills in order to operate effectively in an increasingly competitive and evolving global business environment. Case studies, real-life projects, and teamwork dominate the curriculum, with an emphasis on peer learning,” he said.
“In an MBA at UOW, students develop a portfolio of key managerial competencies that range from strategic analysis and decision-making skills through to an appreciation of global business challenges, complemented by people, economics, financial and marketing analysis skills.”
UOW’s Executive MBA also received a mention with the International Graduate Forum placing the program in the Tier One of the Global EMBA Rankings.
EMBA Director Dr Lee Styger explained the successful redesign of both the MBA and EMBA was reflected in CEO Magazine’s rankings, demonstrating the growth and popularity of the programs.
“The number of students enrolled in the EMBA has doubled since last year. The appeal of the program can be attributed to its design, where diverse senior, professional business leaders come together to explore and apply contemporary best practice into their businesses. The EMBA also brings together significant contribution from external professionals who offer an objective insight into key aspects of todays business environment,” he said.
“Recognition by the CEO Magazine rankings is an excellent achievement and a tribute to all of those enrolled in the programs as well as everyone supporting them,” said Dr Styger.