Universal Business School Sydney (UBSS) Unveils New Look MBA Program To Tackle Lonely Online Learning

    Top-ranked independent executive education provider Universal Business School Sydney (UBSS) has unveiled Australia’s newest MBA program, providing students with access to a fully-accredited program with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and face-to-face learning.

    For the first time the UBSS MBA will be available in executive delivery mode, with students having access to a fully-supported online learning portal for each subject before attending an intensive, three-day workshop held at the stunning, art-deco Primus Hotel in the Sydney CBD.

    The 16-subject program progresses students through a Graduate Certificate (four subjects), Graduate Diploma (eight subjects) and MBA (16 subjects) and can be completed in three years or sooner (with recognition of prior learning). The course has five intakes throughout the year with the first full cohort to commence on August 5, 2019.

    UBSS is an independent higher education provider based in the Sydney CBD. It was accredited by TEQSA in 2008 and has traditionally focussed on Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Accounting and MBA programs for international students. The MBA was first accredited in 2014 and currently has more than 800 students enrolled.

    The UBSS MBA program is accredited by the Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia, the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

    UBSS also recently became the first higher education provider in New South Wales to provide students with fast-tracked access to the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand’s (IML ANZ) Chartered Manager (CMgr) designation.

    UBSS Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alan Manly said the restructured MBA program was developed as an alternative to the loneliness of online learning.

    “The program has been specifically designed for those people who see themselves as future leaders in their current business or building their own business as entrepreneurs,” he said.
    “However, those people are often time poor with a range of other life responsibilities, so the program needs to be structured to reflect those competing priorities.”

    “We want to give them the opportunity and flexibility to learn when it suits them but also ensure they get the full benefit of interacting with their fellow students, lecturers and visiting Fellows from our Centre for Entrepreneurship.

    “Our entrepreneurial focus is an important element of the program and acknowledges that an entrepreneurial mindset and skills base are frequently sort within corporate Australia,” Mr Manly said.

    The Third Place – UBSS MBA executive delivery campus at the Primus Hotel

    UBSS MBA subjects are delivered one per study period, in blended mode, with four weeks of online study, followed by a three-day intensive workshop held from Friday to Sunday. Final assessment is due within two weeks of the block workshop.


    The intensive workshops are a key component of each subject and are held in the five-star, art deco surrounds of the glamourous Primus Hotel in the Sydney CBD.

    UBSS Executive Campus Provost Associate Professor Andy West said the intensive workshops were built around the concept of a ‘third place’ that enriched each student’s overall learning experience, away from home and work.

    “The Third Place is at the heart of any thriving society,” he said. “A place of community togetherness distinctively away from home and work, where people can come together to network, share ideas form connections and nurture relationships.”

    “The intensive workshops are all about allowing creativity to permeate the learning experience in a place they can call their own; completely separate from their busy lives.

    “Our visiting Entrepreneurs and Lecturers provide stimulating and experiential education, advice and coaching, ensuring an appropriate balance of tutorial and lecture-style learning experiences.”

    The workshops are included in the tuition fee of $1,995 for each subject.

    Outstanding Student Outcomes

    Since 2016, UBSS has participated in the Australian Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey with outstanding results.

    QILT results provide prospective students with relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of recent students and graduates. The survey and results are managed by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

    In 2018 UBSS outperformed leading public and independent Australian universities to claim top spots in three key categories in the survey:

    • #1 MBA Business School in Australia for Learner Engagement
    • #1 MBA Business School in Sydney CBD for Student Support
    • Top 10 Education Provider in Australia for Teaching Quality

    UBSS MBA has been ranked the number one MBA Business School in Australia for Learner Engagement and the top ranked MBA Business School in Sydney for Student Support.


    Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. he is also the managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au)


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