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Inaugural MBA cohort ready to deliver on business lessons


March 18 2015 


The inaugural cohort of a ground-breaking executive degree are ready to take the business lessons they’ve learned into the workplace.

Among the students preparing to graduate from Glynd┼Ár University’s first Executive MBA is Darren Hewitt, a financial controller at Wrexham-based Hoya Lens UK. 

The 45 year-old, from Connah’s Quay, joined the University two years ago and says he has learned an “incredible amount” that will help him day to day. 

Having formerly worked at his parent’s petrol station before starting his own courier company, Darren (pictured) knows all about the ups and downs of business. 

He is confident with the Executive MBA behind him he can build an even brighter future personally and professionally, having joined Hoya 14 years ago. 

“I had spoken to my boss about CPD (continuing professional development) and saw this as a great opportunity to further my education,” said Darren.

“The course was a learning curve for me because I never studied for a degree, but I gained a lot from the modules and lecturers, who helped build my confidence. 

He added: “Listening to people already working in business was refreshing and has given me a more frank and balanced view of how to work.

“It also brought me out of myself; I’m coming out with things in work I wouldn’t have before and am starting to see the benefits, so I would encourage people to do the Executive MBA.”

 The second Executive MBA programme is already underway and proving even more successful, to the delight of Head of Business, Professor Chris Jones.

He is targeting 15-20 new students for the forthcoming year and believes the qualification will grow in stature and become even more industry-relevant as it progresses.

A “blended learning approach” includes interactive taster sessions with some of the top names in UK commerce and attracted students from industry and companies across the region.

Professor Jones hopes to see more people joining later this year, now the degree is established and catering for the regional market.

“The blended learning approach is a model used by many universities as it’s more cost effective, but we know there is a desire to keep things local so we’re pursuing that,” he said.

“Feedback has been positive but we are keen to improve further. The comments we receive from the students are fed back so we can continue to build for the future and add value for both the individual and businesses, which ultimately has a positive effect on the economy of north east Wales.”

Topics include: brand power; excellence through lean; corporate finance; customer power; supply chain advantage, and corporate strategy and culture. KK Fine Foods and Aaron & Partners are amongst the firms that support the programme, which is fronted by speakers including Mad Hen boss Sid Madge, executive coach Mike Denison, BBC Business Doctor Paul Thomas, and George Savva, an entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ marketing experience,

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