Lounges, Coaches & Short Courses: AIM Sets Benchmark For Student Outcomes

After years of intense study, your typical MBA graduate will see their business school’s gate close behind them as they venture back out into the business world to apply what they have learned.

AIM Business School, however, has recently changed this dynamic by introducing more value through their new ‘MBA+’, a program which lasts for five years so that MBA students receive complimentary professional development, support and learning opportunities well after graduating.

AIM CEO Ben Foote said the AIM MBA+ was one of the most flexible MBA in Australia as students can complete a unit either online or face to face in one of AIM’s numerous national campuses. It does not have formal exams but instead assesses students with ‘real world’ case studies and assignments, meaning students can apply their knowledge to their workplace as they learn in a live, collaborative environment.

“For five years, the MBA+ also gives students three significant areas of value that will play a major role in getting “incredible outcomes” from their MBA investment,” he said.

“Every student will receive their own unique MBA+ Gold Card which represents the overall quality and value behind our MBA program.”

The first value is that AIM MBA+ students can continue sharpening their skills with a number of professional development short courses available on-campus or online. With more than 70 available, the short courses are designed as 1-3 day programs not tied to the MBA curriculum to help students and graduates polish existing or acquire new soft skills, including design thinking, leading with emotional intelligence, and project management.

Each short course has been crafted to reflect the current business environment, so students walk out of every class with the most up-to-date theories and practices.

The second is unfettered access to AIM Coaches who remain in contact with students after graduation. This support system gives graduates a resource they can connect with in order to help navigate their professional growth.

Finally, students have unlimited five-year access to AIM’s business lounges, which are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. Students can visit any one of these lounges to work, network with business leaders and collaborate with other AIM professionals.

“We’re very focused on the concept of learning without limits, and supporting someone not only through their MBA qualification itself but continuing to support them to make sure they get great outcomes out of their education with AIM,” Mr Foote said.

“The world is rapidly changing and skills need constant updating to be at the top of your game. At AIM we recognise that even when someone finishes their MBA, they will still want to continue learning.

“That’s why we offer five-year access to lounges and courses, so that they can continue honing their skills.

“The short courses help MBA students and graduates remain highly valuable in their workforce and in the market. Around 40,000 managers and business leaders from all over the country enrol each year in AIM short course in order to upskill in different areas of management and leadership,” he said.

Despite the premium-level perk package MBA+ provides on top of the current AIM MBA program, the business school has not increased tuition fees. In fact, AIM Business School’s MBA program with MBA+ now costs $32,400 instead of the previous fee of $42,600. rfr

“By operation consolidation, we’ve been able to minimise the cost barrier for and share our program with even more students. We are committed to being a leading MBA provider and offering students more access to learning opportunities and facilities.”

Greg Peake has been a journalist since 2010 and has covered stories for a range of industries like local government, sport, development and education. Greg joined MBA News in 2016.

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