Natalia Nikolova: We know that work is changing, and with this, the needs for education are changing. So, we wanted to develop a new program that will be aligned with the changing needs of the students who are going to be the future leaders. So, our brief was come up with a new program that is going to be innovative, but also agile.
Prabhu Sivabalan: It’s not just a rejigging of another MBA; it’s a fundamental creation of a new type of MBA.
Simon Meyer: There’s been a lot of collaboration during the design phase to ensure the modules really reflect what’s going on out here in business and also what business is expecting to see in the future.
Prabhu Sivabalan: We’ve really structured this Advanced MBA program to make it industry intensive and industry interactive.
Natalia Nikolova: Every subject, all learning experiences, will be co-designed and to a big degree, [inaudible] with industry partners. But it’s also going to bring in experts for academic and industry experts from other disciplines such as tech, health, STEM disciplines, and so the students are going to be exposed to a range of different perspectives, methodologies and tools to better prepare them for all sorts of roles in different industry sectors.
Evin McLoughlin: And that’s also a reflection of the work-integrated learning components. They’re not just bolt-ons or options; they’re actually part and parcel of the program itself.
Marco Berti: Students do most of their learning at home or from the workplace. Then, we discuss together the material to reflect on its implication, to share different ideas, even to challenge part of this materials, so each and every student is invited to try and bring their workplace and workplace experience quandaries and challenges into the classroom, so that we can, together, discuss them and use this new knowledge to find new ways to tackle these challenges.
Andrew Johnstone-Burt: Graduates of the Advanced MBA program will be equipped in the very leading thinking of business management in the digital era. This is crucial. As we see new platform players like Netflix and Amazon coming in disrupting traditional players, business executives need to know how to respond, how to lead their own digital disruption, take advantage of some these emerging technologies.
Prabhu Sivabalan: The students in the Advanced MBA will walk away with a combination of strong technical skills, from accounting to economics and philosophy, finance, marketing, but it will be done in a very practice-driven way. You will also develop those crucial soft skills around analytics, building capability around presentation, communication skills, working in teams, things that we take for granted.
Evin McLoughlin: These are the skills that are required for industry to address the challenges that they face, and to be part of that is part of our agenda to build a better working world.
Simon Meyer: So, I think the collaboration there’s been fantastic and that puts the course really at the forefront of MBA programs in the Australasian market.