University revamping Executive MBA to meet modern demands of business world
13 July 2017
Wrexham Glyndwr University is revamping its Executive MBA to mirror the demands of modern business.
The University’s North Wales Business School is modernising the course ready for its 2018 intake, having already brought it up to date with industry advances for this coming September.
Executive MBA Council studies show graduates enjoy an average pay increase of around 17% within two years of graduation, which is why Programme Leader Dr Jan Green is encouraging employers and their staff to join them this summer.
Delivered on a part time basis, she says the two-year qualification is perfect for those in management positions who want to develop and improve their leadership potential, enhance their career prospects, formalise their extensive work experience or investigate strategic ways of developing their company to maximise success.
“We ask local and regional employers what skills, knowledge and attributes they seek in employees, then we design the programme around those views to ensure they are beneficial,” said Jan.
“The programme includes the study of implementing strategy, business finance, leading people, marketing and innovative change at the core of the course, which are all key business functions.
“Studying an MBA gives students the opportunity to practice in an environment which supports the interpretation of problems and learning from situations – there is no downside.”
She added: “What is often under-estimated when a group of graduates get together is the wide-ranging opportunity to network with people from a range of sectors.
“As programme leader I observe this taking place and opportunities being debated – the atmosphere is lively and energetic. Students who graduate with an MBA tell me they didn’t realise how much they were learning, at the time and this is evidence of reflective practice, a key learning skill that is embedded in the MBA.
“We are currently recruiting for September, so anyone who is interested in the programme is encouraged to contact me for a more detailed discussion of what is involved and how the programme could be beneficial.”
Darren Hewitt, a financial controller at Wrexham-based Hoya Lens UK, was one of the first to complete the Executive MBA at Wrexham Glyndwr.
The 47 year-old, from Connah’s Quay, said he learned an “incredible amount” that would help him day to day.
“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,” he said.
Topics include brand power; creating total team harmony; corporate finance; customer power; supply chain advantage, negotiating to yes and corporate strategy and culture.
The University is celebrating a strengthening in its position as number one in North Wales for getting its students jobs with a rise in employability.
A staggering 93% of students who completed a full-time degree in 2015/16 were in work or further study six months after graduation – the best in region, according to data released by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) today.
The Destination of Leavers Survey (DLHE) revealed the figure had risen by 0.9 percentage points from 92.1% the previous year.
The university is also number one in Wales and tenth in the UK for part-time students in employment, with 99.1% graduating and securing a job or participating in further study within six months.
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NOTES: Some 4,700 people graduate with an MBA in the UK each year, according to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), an accreditation body that monitors the quality of business schools around the world. Most MBA students tend to be 25–40 years old, but there are many motivations for wanting to do an MBA. A typical MBA cohort will consist of mature students with five to 10 years of relevant industry experience, many different markets and sectors, and multiple cultural and geographical backgrounds.