Armed with years of experience in the market development field, I was nonetheless keen to expand my professional network and to boost my managerial skills. Not only did the Manchester Global MBA blend the best of what’s global and local, it’s also the perfect balance between intensive face-to-face workshops and flexible online courses. I definitely came away from the programme with a more rigorous way of thinking, which proved helpful when presenting new ideas to management, and the ability to effectively manage team members with different cultural backgrounds, KPIs and expectations.
Although juggling work, personal life and studies had occasionally been challenging, I managed to thrive by always focussing wholly on any given task while excluding other distractions. Forming a study group had also been instrumental in helping me catch up on my studies, and finding friendship within the group really gave me the encouragement to power through my MBA journey!
With 13 years of experience in architecture but insufficient knowledge as to how I could operate an architectural design business, I opted for an MBA in the hope of obtaining business training with an international edge. The Manchester Global MBA fitted the bill precisely, with its heritage as well as its all-English learning environment. I was particularly impressed by the curriculum, which gave me the chance to apply various business administration principles to real-life situations. The international and diversified nature of the cohort was another plus. I loved how our various perspectives fitted together during group projects, as we worked towards a common goal.
Juggling work, studies and family was occasionally challenging, especially as I became pregnant just before the course commenced. But with the help and support of my family and company, I managed to thrive. What I learnt is that it’s always ok to ask for help – a skill which extends to business contexts as well!
I am from US but now living in Hong Kong. I attended most of my workshops here, however, going to another center for a workshop was a great learning experience. I went to Dubai to take an ethics course where I met students from the Middle East and Africa. In my workshop, I was assigned a case study on a recent ruling not to allow high court female judges in Egypt which was so foreign to me. This case study has broadened my exposure and thinking.
Hoping to deepen my knowledge of corporate issues in order to strengthen my management consulting skills, I decided upon an MBA. The Manchester Global MBA was everything I ever wanted from a postgraduate programme - it offered a global and diverse environment that was a far cry from local MBAs in Japan. I especially appreciate the fact that the degree was conducted entirely in English, which undoubtedly promoted discussion and collaboration between people from all backgrounds, including seasoned managers and up-and-coming executives alike. Furthermore, this MBA also helped strengthen ties between me and my global Accenture colleagues who were also enrolled in the programme.
For me, this degree brought clear benefits. The practical nature of the programme meant that workshop content could be applied directly to the workplace, especially in terms of management consulting skills. The chance of studying at two international workshops, meanwhile, introduced me to an even more diverse network. It’s clear that the quality of my work improved steadily after immersing myself in MBA studies - a fact that was borne out by a promotion recommendation from my boss!
I have always looked forward to solidifying my business experience with useful management tools; earning an MBA was a natural step for me. The University of Manchester’s Hong Kong based Global MBA was the perfect fit because of the university’s leading global reputation, advanced academic programmes, and flexible schedule. The programme’s structure gave me the freedom to work full time. The course modules were a healthy balance of research, lectures, individual papers and group projects which were challenging and engaging at the same time.
Sure, the programme was hard work, but that is also why completing it is so rewarding. The Strategy and Competition module as well as the Advanced Strategic Management elective were both instrumental in sharpening and improving my skillsets in critical thinking, deep analysis, and organisational processes. I made new friends and my network now includes other global professionals, professors and new business contacts. I can confidently say that if you too are a senior business professional hoping to improve your professional and academic position, the Global MBA can help you meet these goals.
As I transitioned from a purely technical role into a senior management position at the country level, I saw an acute need to brush up on my business knowledge through an MBA. The Manchester Global MBA did not disappoint, not least of all because of its global reach, diverse student intake and highly practical approach. As an employee at a multinational firm with firm ties in the South East Asian region, I find the school’s Hong Kong location particularly helpful, given its East-meets-West reputation. The programme’s flexible schedule also affording me the work-life balance I needed.
Having an international and diversified cohort, the programme allows me to have meaningful discussions with my classmates from all across the world. Communicating with U.K. students was particularly illuminating, as it was through passionate, invigorating debates that I acquired a new way of looking at global business! Being part of a global team during workshops also shaped me into a better communicator and problem-solver, which has had an undeniable influence on my own management style.
My background is in trust and corporate services and I worked in that industry for 20 years. My move to Hong Kong came after I was hand-picked by my previous employer to challenge my career with an international assignment for 2 years.
Before starting this MBA, I was already a company director, but this MBA started to totally reshape my thinking. I started to rethink our company goals and plans, and I was questioning the group’s strategy and where we would see ourselves in 5 years’ time. My mind was switching from the old school business knowledge I always knew.
This MBA gave me a brighter overview of marketing strategies, strategic management, and business entrepreneurship. I started my business consultancy company almost 2 years ago. Deciding to study at Manchester was definitely the right decision when it came to taking an entrepreneurial path. This MBA helps you understand an entrepreneur’s way of thinking, it is definitely a benefit if entrepreneurship is a path you are looking at going down. Read more >>
As my career shifted from research to general management with a Saudi Arabian project in 2012, I saw the need to bolster my skill-set beyond the technical. At the same time, I hoped to enhance my communication skills within a global context. For me, the Manchester Global MBA was a natural choice given its sterling reputation and its provision of international workshops, which paved the way for a truly demographically diverse cohort. As a global citizen who’s keen to climb the career ladder or to someday set up my own enterprise between Japan and the Middle East, I couldn’t have hoped for a better MBA experience.
Through my favourite electives: Negotiation Skills, Management in Practice and Venture Capital & Private Equity, I learnt what being a modern day manager on a senior level entails. The emphasis on analysing business case-studies and on learning-by-doing, meanwhile, further sharpened my quick-thinking abilities and strategic skills. What made my academic journey so smooth, however, was undoubtedly the flexible schedule, which gave me true work-life balance even at my busiest.
I had always aimed for an MBA, but a lot of programmes fell short of my expectations. The Manchester Global MBA, however, truly fulfilled its promise and some more. Not only did I gain access to an ever-widening circle of global business professionals through workshops held in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Manchester, the programme’s practical bent meant that lessons were immediately applicable to the workplace. The Manchester Method, in particular, which advocated “Learning by Doing”, revolutionised my approach to strategic management.
Certainly, I attribute my promotion, which took place during my course of study, to the MBA. First off, the Advanced Strategic Management elective was a great help to me while I was preparing my business proposal to senior management, and no doubt provided the push needed to make me stand out from the crowd. Secondly, I also picked up essential negotiation skills from Professor Malcolm Smith, which changed my view of the world and aided me in my own promotion process. I can safely say, from my current position, that Manchester Global MBA truly delivered on all levels!
As an engineer in a highly technical role who wishes to expand my business knowledge and increase my global network, the Manchester Global MBA was a godsend. On one hand, it enriched my business and finance knowledge with its practical approach, which delved deep into the latest market trends and developments. At the same time, it provided fascinating exposure to a cohort from all over the world, through which I gained invaluable friendships as well as crucial business ties. My experience at two Shanghai electives furthered my appreciation of the course high delivery standards, as well as its global nature. In fact, I was planning to attend another workshop in Manchester or Japan when the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately hit.
Throughout the course, I was spurred by this motto – begin with the end in mind. Right from the start, I had a clear plan of finishing this programme with flying colours within two years. As such, I shifted my schedule and spent many early mornings or weekends completing assignments or attending workshops. That said, I was certainly aided by the programme's flexible design! Even when my schedule is most hectic, I find that it doesn’t place undue demand on my attempts to juggle work, family and studies.
Looking to broaden my skill-set beyond marketing as I prepped myself for a more senior role, I decided upon an MBA. The Manchester Global MBA proved the perfect choice in bolstering my strategic thinking skills, management techniques as well as knowledge of finance and operations. Doubtless, it has shaped me into a better leader and a more effective manager – someone with the nuance and vision to tackle business problems from a diversity of angles.
Completing the degree certainly required commitment and effort, as it was occasionally difficult to maintain a balance between work, studies and family. Luckily there’s a huge degree of flexibility within the programme, including online options and alternative assignments, which proved crucial when my schedule got hectic. I’m also appreciative of the support I’ve gained from my fellow classmates, who hail from a diversity of industries and cultural backgrounds. I especially cherish the fun-filled times I've had at the Singapore workshop – not only did my group enjoy plenty of invigorating debates, we also hit the local food centres on a foodie’s tour!
Having spent most of my career in an operations role within the semiconductor industry, I was looking for a skills upgrade so as to provide better field support within an international setting. The Manchester Global MBA, with its pragmatic educational philosophy and global approach, was a natural fit for my ambitions. Not only did it re-evaluate the way I interact and negotiate with both colleagues and customers, it also helped me achieve real growth by moving beyond a silo mentality. Spurred by the programme, I managed to consolidate my firm’s Business Continuity Plan through better marketing techniques, more effective people management and enhanced technical support, which resulted in a promotion in 2019.
Two overseas workshops proved invaluable to my academic journey, through which I cultivated both precious friendships and fresh viewpoints. It also gave me a push to analyse problems from multiple angles, a lesson which was echoed in my favourite module, Operationalizing and Communicating Value. This course gave me incentive to boldly strategize in alternative ways, with an eye on different market needs and always with a customer-focused approach. Needless to say, I came away from it with a more mature mindset when it comes to business planning!
I wanted to boost my educational credentials - a master’s degree is a must for career progression, hence I opted for an MBA. The Manchester Global MBA, which boasted great flexibility when it comes to schedule and workshop location, was a natural choice for me, given my relocation from Tokyo to Shanghai at the start of the degree to take on a new job in China. Although the combination of these career changes and the MBA programme resulted in arguably the most challenging period of my life, I was able to thrive in the programme and achieved distinction award. This was possible thanks to its accommodating measures, which allowed me to defer for one semester and thus completing the degree in two and a half years instead of two years. The deferral process was surprisingly easy!
Meanwhile, being part of the Japan cohort and registered for both Hong Kong and Shanghai Centres during different periods of time really increased my access to an ever-widening circle of international contacts. At the same time, my deferral multiplied my cohort memberships almost by two, and with additional electives in Singapore, I was able to meet a vast variety of international students and alumni. In this regard, the programme fully met my expectations.
With a background exclusively in HR, I was keen to expand my knowledge and skill-set to other business fields. An MBA was a natural choice given its wide-ranging focus and practical approach. For me, the Manchester Global MBA emerged heads and shoulders above local Japanese MBAs chiefly because of its flexibility – not only can I access learning opportunities whenever and wherever, I’m also able to attend workshops held all over the world. Moreover, I relished the chance of learning in English, and of being challenged with new ways of thinking. My takeaways from the programme are myriad, chief of all the ability to think from the company’s standpoint when making business decisions, and a sense of real confidence when approaching workplace challenges – after all, I successfully juggled work, studies and personal life for two years! My journey wouldn’t have been so smooth and joyful without my amazing classmates, for whom I’ll always be grateful. Even though we come from different cultures and have had distinctly different life experiences, we never stopped encouraging each other. I’ll never forget the fun we’ve had – particularly at global workshops!
I am a Fellow of the Actuarial Profession which is a reasonably technical discipline so I was driven to study an MBA in order to broaden my skill set. Undertaking this degree mid-career is perfect timing for me, it has allowed me to reflect upon past experiences, deepening my knowledge in certain areas and broadening in others. I favoured the Manchester Global MBA because it is a multi-year intensive curriculum that covers the subject matter in depth and provides the flexibility to lengthen the period of study if required. The teaching on the programme is first class, and the courses encompass a breadth of perspectives that permits deeper research for the more inquisitive. I apply the skills learnt from the MBA to the workplace every day. My favourite subject was perhaps Advanced Strategic Management which really brought all aspects of the MBA together, a capstone if you like, and you could really get creative and entrepreneurial with that one. The MBA is hard work and there is truly no shortcut to success - it is a marathon that requires organisation, hard work and sacrifice. However, the support of my family, my team at Aon and the school were instrumental in helping me achieve my academic goals.
As someone with experience handling large-scale mixed-use development projects in London, Mongolia and China, I can confidently say that knowledge about design and construction is not enough in today's world – rather, it's the possession of good business sense and global vision that is crucial in ensuring success. In order to supplement my skill set with such attributes, I chose the Manchester Global MBA, which combines a highly practical curriculum with a high degree of international exposure – all within a single programme. The degree delivered abundantly on its promise. Not only did it sharpen my strategic thinking, negotiation and project management skills, it also shaped me into a more business-savvy person and a more globally-minded thinker. What’s more, the programme gifted me a wide group of friends from across Asia – they were the reason my MBA journey was so enjoyable despite the occasionally heavy workload! For those who might be daunted by the potential stresses of an MBA, I have these words of advice: ultimately, it's not simply about stellar grades and career advancement, but about the learning process - so enjoy!
Keen to expand my business management knowledge beyond the field of HR, I enrolled in Manchester Global MBA. Flexible in scheduling, global in scope and comprehensive in its educational approach, the degree was an unmissable learning experience. First off, its practical nature meant that much of what I learnt in class was immediately applicable to the workplace, and in many ways, the degree propelled me towards my current role as regional Head of HR at a French Tier-1 automotive manufacturing firm by arming me with the necessary management and strategic smarts. Meanwhile, through immersive workshops held at Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Manchester, I got to collaborate with a diversity of students who are united by a common goal: to work hard and play hard. Honestly, I could not have completed the degree without their unstinting support, and their continued presence in my life has been a true gift!
Having completed a two-year leadership programme at Citi Bank spanning three different countries, I was driven to further diversify my business management skills within a global context, particularly as I was managing people in four countries at the time. An MBA was the obvious solution, and the Manchester Global MBA emerged as the frontrunner over local Japanese MBAs, in large part due to its sterling reputation and global vision. What I appreciated most about the programme was its practical bent, its emphasis on group-based assignment as well as the sheer diversity of the cohort, all of which equipped me with better managerial skills, especially towards staff from different cultural backgrounds and people above my professional grade. Overall, the MBA proved a boon for my career at Citi - I went from being Chief of Staff for Operations to Head of the Electronic Banking Services Division. Moreover, constant interaction with so many smart and ambitious classmates has shaped me into a person more willing to consider a problem from multiple angles before making the final decision – a useful business skill to have!
I come from a finance and accounting background, but was keen to take on bigger business challenges through boosting my analytical and problem-solving skills as well as by widening my professional network. Manchester Global MBA - innovative in spirit but practical in approach, proved a real game-changer in terms of pushing me to think outside the box. The Negotiation Skills elective, in particular, was a real highlight - even though I didn’t gain a stellar score, I certainly emerged from the course more confident of daily negotiations in the workplace - whether with customers, bosses, subordinates or other internal stakeholders. Of course, none of this is possible without support from my fellow classmates, who never cease to impress me with their superb levels of engagement despite hectic schedules!
Hearing only good things about the Manchester Global MBA, I decided to take my mechanical engineering and project management career onto the next level through this programme. The degree certainly lived up to my expectations, whether in terms of real-life application, diversity or flexibility. Through embracing the Manchester Method – either through immersive case studies or timed exercises in strategizing, I gained the confidence to interact with senior executives of potential client organizations, in delivering proposal presentations to try and win new consultancy contracts for our business line. And through such workshops as “Leading and Managing in a Global Environment”, I managed to boost my knowledge in such subjects as financialization, which I have long been fascinated by. What I appreciated above all, however, was the sheer diversity of my cohort: every workshop was a melting pot of business cultures and sectors, from which there was so much to learn. The flexible schedule was also a godsend – it allowed me to juggle work, family and study commitments - with a little good old-fashioned time management and discipline!
As an entrepreneur of a multinational company with over 20 years’ experience in the engineering field, I was keen to level up my day-to-day management skills while expanding my professional network. Manchester Global MBA, with its triple accreditation and high global ranking, stood out from other MBA programmes in Japan, and was a perfect fit for my needs. In particular, the programme offers a blended learning approach which combines regular online classes with intensive face-to-face workshops - a godsend for my busy schedule. Meanwhile, the highly practical course content gave me the business know-how and the confidence to handle difficult work situations in a positive way, leading to my firm’s continuing success. Having attended workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Manchester, I’ve also managed to accrue a number of international contacts whose global perspectives regularly enrich and challenge my way of thinking!
With a background primarily in economics and finance, I pursued an MBA in order to empower myself with appropriate leadership and management skills. Manchester Global MBA was a great choice for me, given its high global ranking, world-leading reputation and global reach. Certainly, it fulfilled all my expectations and some more, giving me not only better problem-solving skills, but also the push to be more innovative. Two of my favourite courses, Management in Practice and Negotiation Skills, completely changed my mind as to how effective people management and win-win negotiations could be achieved. This was undoubtedly aided by a stellar faculty which brought real-world experience into the classroom. I also deeply appreciate how the programme gave me access to a global business network via workshops in both Manchester and Dubai, as well as a huge alumni network. In fact, I continue to be actively involved in alumni activities after MBA graduation, having joined the MBS Alumni Toastmasters Club!
Coming from a finance and accounting background while having ambitions of someday becoming a CFO, I saw the need for an MBA in order to expand my global horizons, to boost my management skills and to equip myself with strategic smarts. I chose Manchester Global MBA over local MBA programmes in Japan because I wasn’t merely interested in skills related to ‘business administration’, but, rather, an immersive educational experience in a global environment. In all ways, the degree lived up to its promise. Not only are its lessons directly applicable to the workplace – particularly in managing team members from different backgrounds as well as in negotiating for success, it also gave me a view of the business world beyond Japanese shores. The expansion to my horizons did not end here – at the Dubai workshop, for instance, I got to collaborate with a number of students from different countries, and I remain inspired and humbled by their enthusiasm, ambition and business smarts.
My lifelong drive and considerable experiences in corporate banking have propelled my career forward, but I believe there’s always room for improvement and further ascension. Doing an MBA is a natural step forward, and Manchester Global MBA soon emerged as my top choice. Providing the ideal platform for global students to connect and share their practical experiences in an intellectually invigorating environment, this programme is perfectly aligned with my strong interest in people networking, as well as my own expertise in people and project management. For me, one of the highlights of the programme was studying at the Dubai and Manchester campuses, which offers a perfect blend of practical and cultural education while introducing me to a network of new contacts. The programme was also instrumental in sharpening my strategic smarts and leadership skills. My favourite subject, Management in Practice, gifted me with a framework for breaking out of difficult situations while training me to think more thoroughly and with more structure. All in all, this has been a highly rewarding journey and a definite boost to my career – I got promoted to an exciting new position in business which is more compliance focus after enrolling in the course!
With more than a decade’s experience in supply chain management, I was ready to kickstart another chapter of my professional life by upgrading my managerial skill set. Manchester Global MBA, which promises cutting-edge business education on top of flexible scheduling, met all my expectations. The Strategic Commercial Management course, in particular, offered great self-study materials and an innovative workshop experience - both of which led to an unexpected increase of knowledge and a widening of horizons. Overall, the course brought myriad benefits, chief of all being a deepening of existing know-how, the opportunity to reflect upon topics I’m unfamiliar with, as well as the chance to work with different international groups. Although I’m currently at a stable stage in my career, embarking on this degree gave me the chance to re-assess my professional role and to ready myself for further challenges. On top of this, the accommodating schedule and diverse workshop locations, which included plenty of traveling within Asia, allowed me to thrive in my studies at no expense to my work or personal life. I’m also pleased to say that the new Alliance Manchester Business School building offers a truly wonderful learning environment!
Having occupied several business-related positions within the IT and chemical industries at global enterprises, I was ready to take my ambitions up to the next level with an MBA. Manchester Global MBA – with its global reach, uniquely European approach to education and focus on practical business strategies, did not disappoint. In many ways, it gave me the confidence to accelerate my career within a new industry by expanding my skill set in IT consultancy and in business analysis. It did so not only by conferring upon me an arsenal of management smarts and a large circle of global contacts, but also by schooling me on the differences among various corporate cultures, which promoted more effective communication on my part. Another thing I truly appreciated was the diversity of the cohort. Each workshop - both face-to-face and virtual, offers a unique mix of students from many cultures and business backgrounds, but what unites them all is a passion to learn. I have fond memories of discussions that lasted till midnight, long after the lectures had ended – so eager were we to pick each other’s brains!
With 11 years of experience in energy and investment gained within multinationals, I was eager to attain crucial general management skills so as to move onto an executive-level position. In particular, I was hoping to brush up my strategic smarts while developing a truly global vision. As one of the most reputable part-time MBA programs available in Japan offering credentials well-recognized by the international business community, Manchester Global MBA was a natural choice for me. The degree was remarkably useful, both in terms of practical application and in enriching my global network. Many of the lessons gained from my electives were directly transferable to the workplace, and in fact was instrumental in helping me navigate an investment deal with an American tech startup at work! Moreover, it was a joy to engage in highly collaborative workshop activities, through which I made firm friends who are just one click away. The flexibility of the program was a bonus, allowing me to successfully balance full-time work and family life with my studies.
With 15 years of experience in the education industry but little in the way of formal business training, I decided to go for an MBA to boost my understanding of big-picture business strategies as well as the practicalities of daily business tasks. Manchester Global MBA ticked all the boxes I needed from an MBA program – it offered prestige, global opportunity and future potential. For sure, it lived up to my expectations and some more, making my job even more meaningful and fulfilling.
I would describe the programme as, above all, practical, flexible and global. I appreciate the fact that the course structure allowed me to fit my studies round my busy travel schedule, and while I do have a lot of overseas experience, this programme offered me so much more in terms of international exposure, with a cohort that spans diverse industries and nationalities. Ultimately, though, I’m grateful for the practical lessons it gave me, in particular the Manchester Method, which equipped me with both theoretical knowledge and the business smarts to fully prepare for the next step in my career.
Having transitioned from auditing to corporate finance and ultimately to asset management - with a specialization in alternative investments such as AI, I decided to take on the challenge of an MBA in order to give myself more international exposure under the guidance of different specialists. Manchester Global MBA was top of my list from the start due to its global standing as well as the flexible nature of the programme, which offers worldwide workshops as well as easily-accessible online lectures. Undoubtedly, the programme boosted my career opportunities by providing me with an enhanced global network while strengthening my negotiation skills, in addition to fortifying my knowledge of venture capital and private equity operations. All in all, this has proven a truly fruitful academic journey that’s given me the push to explore new areas and new business opportunities – a perfect fulfilment of my initial goals!
For me, an MBA was a logical step forward at this stage in my career. Having worked my way up to a managerial position within the metal industry, I am hoping to add to my store of knowledge while pushing my career forward. Manchester Global MBA delivered on both counts, while also accommodating for professional changes in my life such as relocations and a new position.
Throughout the course of the degree, I moved from Hong Kong to New Jersey and from New Jersey to Los Angeles, expanding my role on both occasions – and heading to a new company on the second occasion. For sure, completing the programme within two years was a great challenge, but thanks to multiple centres worldwide, I was able to combine business trips and academic workshops to great effect. All in all, my most precious takeaway from the MBA was a new-found sense of confidence, which allowed me to discard external opinion and simply focus on driving performance forward.
As an experienced professional in publishing, higher education and information technology, I took on this MBA with the hope of learning more about the disruptive forces shaping the business world today, in particular technological forces, which calls for new adaptive strategies. Manchester Global MBA, with its focus on practical skills, did not disappoint, giving me the opportunity to bolster my expertise in line with the latest developments in the business environment as well as in management culture. Additionally, I’m grateful for the chance to connect with such a diverse cohort, which enhanced my global network no end. The superbly-achieved blended learning model (a mix of online and face-to-face learning), meanwhile, fitted seamlessly with my schedule – resulting in one memorable academic journey which I won’t forget in a hurry!
As a seasoned hotelier with 15 years of marketing communications experience, I was keen to keep abreast of business knowledge in other fields in order to advance my career. Manchester Global MBA, with its sterling pedigree and triple accreditation, emerged as my top choice after careful consideration. The globally immersive nature of the programme, the diversity of the cohort as well as the wide range of subjects covered all gave my career a definite boost – I was promoted to a more senior position in my organization after embarking on my MBA journey.
It’s hard to strike a good balance between work, study and family, but my persistence paid off, with help from a flexible programme structure and support from an understanding spouse. I even found time to attend two modules in Manchester – an experience I would definitely recommend, as it’s a great way to enrich your global network while perfecting your social skills within shifting group dynamics!
As an IT executive with two decades of experience under my belt, I was keen to fine-tune my leadership skills and expand my professional network with the ultimate aim of elevating my career. Manchester Global MBA definitely lived up to its promise. The programme, with its practical slant, was instrumental in prepping me for daily business challenges. By introducing us to cutting-edge theories through plenty of real-life examples, and by encouraging us to always think outside the box, the school has equipped me with the innovation and strategy to pioneer real and long-lasting solutions to everyday business problems.
At the same time, I am grateful for the opportunity to liaise with people from countries I am not in regular business contact with, such as those from the Middle East or from other parts of Asia, which complemented my eight years living as an expat in Europe. I emerged from experience a true global business citizen – ready to capitalise on the knowledge and network the programme has gifted me.
Although I have over 13 years of experience working in a sales and marketing capacity within the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, I wanted to further develop my problem-solving skills in alignment with the rapidly-changing healthcare industry, as well as to expand my global network. Manchester Global MBA offered me the perfect chance to do so. Not only is the programme exceedingly practical, with lessons which are directly applicable to the workplace, it is also very international, allowing me to interact and debate freely with a cohort drawn from a diversity of nationalities and backgrounds. In fact, it led to a new opportunity within my current company, which prompted a career-boosting move from South Korea to the regional office in Singapore! The programme’s flexibility meant that I was able to continue my studies based at the Singapore centre - a seamless move which caused little disruption at all to my schedule even at my busiest.
Looking to expand my knowledge base beyond finance and to explore the potential of a substantial career shift, I applied for Manchester Global MBA. This proved a wonderful educational opportunity – I especially appreciated the fact that there’s a steady stream of lecturers flying to share their insights from other parts of the world. This two-way exchange was powerful and illuminating.
As a working mum, studying for an MBA requires rigorous time management. By spending lunch breaks on online lectures and by starting early when it comes to assignments, I managed to stay on top of everything. ‘Dividing and conquering’ when it comes to group work is also key!
Overall, I do find the programme supremely practical, especially when it comes to courses on digital technology and new economies. Ultimately, I was able to apply what I’ve learnt to the workplace, undoubtedly leading to new career highs!
As an account and finance professional focusing on M&A field in a key managerial position, I was hoping to brush up on corporate strategy and strengthen my leadership capabilities. I chose Manchester Global MBA based on twin factors: its sterling pedigree and the opportunity for global exposure. The latter is especially important to me as I am frequently involved in cross-border M&A deals. I am happy to report that the programme exceeded my expectations by a mile, giving me the chance to work with classmates from different cultural and professional backgrounds while also honing my managerial skills. The module ‘Digital Economy’, held in Manchester, was particularly memorable due to the well-prepared material and high degree of lively in-class interaction.
During the course of the degree, I relocated from Japan to Shanghai. Although it was tough to balance work and study, I met the challenge head-on – with thoughtful help from the University office, who helped me manage my academic schedule. Now I think this challenge has made me grow in leaps and bounds – truly, no guts no glory!
As an experienced legal professional looking to brush up on my strategic smarts and to better understand things from a business perspective, I decided to take on the challenge of an MBA. Manchester Global MBA, with its focus on ‘learning by doing’, fulfilled my expectations and some more. The Contemporary Chinese Business module, in particular, offers especially useful lessons, as it furthered my knowledge of vital cultural and business elements that I might have missed otherwise, while also giving me the opportunity to visit a number of multinationals operating in China: namely Volvo, Mercedes and LEGO.
What I also love about the programme is its global and diversified cohort, as well as the ready availability of worldwide centres. Architects, bankers, entrepreneurs and lawyers working in international hubs come together during classes to produce a truly invigorating and enriching learning environment. Moreover, I was fortunate enough to attend workshops in Shanghai, Dubai and Manchester, in which teaching content was specifically designed to complement each locale – complete with examples drawn from individual cultures. This attention to geographical detail and this focus on practical learning, ultimately, is what makes me appreciate the programme so much.
As an experienced pharmacist looking to expand my role beyond into healthcare management, I realised the need to gear up on essential business knowledge, especially pertaining to global healthcare systems, Manchester Global MBA did precisely that.
I appreciate not only the rigorous academic structure of the programme but also the sheer diversity of the cohort. The global nature of the course also appeals – I attended a summer workshop at Manchester, U.K. last July, and I truly enjoyed the chance to study and travel at the same time!
My pathway towards graduation was not without challenges. Due to my grueling shift schedule, I often had to miss online lectures. But thanks to an efficient system that provides not only “real-time” lectures but also recordings on the next day, I was able to catch up in no time.
As the business environment undergoes disruptive changes due to increasing automation, I believe that managerial smarts are needed more than ever to cope with these rapid changes. With such a realization, I embarked on my search for a suitable MBA. Manchester Global MBA fulfilled my expectations fully – giving me a broader network and increased global exposure while fully updating my business knowledge.
From the start, I was keen to enrol on a world-class MBA programme outside of Korea. I appreciate the fact that this programme is based in Hong Kong – one of the most international cities in Asia, which offers a front-row view of how global business is transforming. I am also grateful for the sheer diversity of the cohort, and for the practicality of the programme – underpinned by the Manchester Method, it’s fully equipped to deal with “fresh” business issues through a lively mix of workshops and online platforms. Moreover, this degree widened my horizons as to how professionals in different business sectors worldwide function and thrive – benefiting my career no end!
I was keen to make up for my relative lack of managerial and leadership capabilities and in so doing expand my career. Local MBA programmes in Japan are becoming popular, but I believed that Manchester Global MBA has the edge when it comes to offering global exposure. Thanks to this programme , my career blossomed in new directions – with an offer of a new role at BayWa r.e. Japan K.K even before the degree has been awarded.
The flexible nature of the programme meant that I did not feel stressed out at all by the schedule. In fact, I went on mountain climbing and skiing trips with my family several times a year even during the programme, and I have fond memories of reading up on course materials by the pool! The programme is so well-arranged that I find it easy to cope if I simply follow the proposed timeline. And even though I missed my last elective in Hong Kong due to a passport issue, I made up for it by taking the exact same module the following month in Manchester. This embedded seamlessness is what I love about the programme.
As a seasoned professional in the marketing and advertising industry, I nonetheless felt the need to expand my vision with a more holistic view of how companies grow and develop, as I pursue the best ways to identify, recruit and retain customers. An MBA was a natural solution, and Manchester Global MBA certainly lived up to its reputation and promise. On one level, it provided me with minute understanding of all the functions within a company; on another, it gave me the skills to analyse business situations critically within tight timeframes. Moreover, by immersing me in a truly multicultural environment, it allowed me to better respond to challenges I face in my current role.
Overall, I am extremely happy with the sheer diversity of electives on offer, as well as the chance to attend workshops in Manchester. The Live Business Project left a particularly deep impression – not merely because of its practicality, but also for the lifelong friendships it gave me.
Although I have more than 27 years within the financial industry, Manchester Global MBA proved that one always has more to learn. This degree helped me understand the science behind every single corporate decision, and in so doing allowed me to execute strategies with more purpose and vigour. Certainly, the ‘Manchester Method’ lives up to its reputation as the perfect guideline to practical application.
Not only has the programme enhanced my understanding of management theories, it does so through a structure that is as global as it is flexible. Throughout the course of my studies, I relocated twice, but still managed to complete the degree with flying colours, attending workshops in Singapore, Manchester and Hong Kong. For this, I have to thank the University’s excellent support staff, who made sure that my academic journey was not unduly disrupted due to life changes.
Truly, if I have to go back in time, I would do the AMBS Global MBA all over again – so useful and so inspirational were it contents!
As part of the management committee in my previous role, I became aware of the need for truly well-rounded business education. This was compounded by the added task of exploring new business opportunities with shareholders. Manchester Global MBA delivered clear benefits, which ultimately saw me transitioning into a new role as Head of Finance, Administration and HR at a top 40 pharmaceutical company.
What I love about the programme is its practicality. The presentation task for each lecture, for instance, trained me to collect information and consolidate ideas effectively within restricted time frames, in collaboration with people whose skill-set and experience may differ drastically from my own. Another of the programme’s assets is its international nature – from studying alongside a diverse cohort to gaining a global network of friends and potential business partners, this was a truly eye-opening experience.
Having transitioned from a largely technical position in the bio-tech industry into an increasingly business-oriented and managerial role, I recognized the need for an MBA in order to amp up my finance knowledge and strategic skills. To my knowledge, a lot of the MBA programmes on the local market focuses more on networking than on the conferring of tangible business skills. Manchester Global MBA, however, did not disappoint – it managed to combine both in one practical, flexible and horizon-expanding package. Not only did it finesse my problem-solving skills, it also gave me the chance to lead and negotiate within a multicultural environment – a microcosm of my multinational workplace.
For me, this programme is crucial in shaping me into a better manager. Even today, I’m still mining better tools and knowledge based on what I’ve learnt throughout the course. The module Management in Practice (MIP), in particular, is my favourite subject. Through it, I managed to identify an optimal distribution structure at work while discovering new-found boldness and vision – plus, it prepped me perfectly for the Live Business Project!
As I transitioned from a scientific and engineering background into an increasingly business-oriented role, I recognized the necessity of an MBA. I chose the AMBS Global MBA over local MBA programmes in Japan chiefly because it enabled me to expand my horizons in the direction of the West, particularly to Europe, while guaranteeing enough flexibility for me to juggle work, study and family commitments by virtue of its part-time model. As my daughter was only two months old at the start of the programme, it was doubly crucial that I find a degree which can cater for my needs. The Manchester Global MBA was a perfect fulfilment of my expectations – not only because it gave Asian students the opportunity to experience quality Western-style education while staying primarily within the region, but also for the global exposure it gave me.
I will always see the MBA as a milestone in my life – an educational journey that widened my horizons no end. Through the programme, I am certain I will be able to stay connected to Europe even beyond graduation – key to my burgeoning career in this globalized era.
I’m a firm believer in the fact that building a career nowadays involves more than just technical skills and domain knowledge - what’s crucial are strategic smarts, management skills and true leadership. Manchester Global MBA allowed me to brush up on all three – expanding my vision while gifting me with solid problem-solving skills. My favourite subject – Strategy & Competition, in particular, was an eye-opener, finessing my knowledge not only of game theory, but also the art of negotiating for the desired outcome.
In addition, I’m grateful for the chance to connect with cohorts from other centres round the world, including Manchester, U.K. Certainly, global exposure has helped me build a network of like-minded professionals that has enabled me to sustain the insights gained during the programme, while also giving me the push to explore further entrepreneurial opportunities in select markets - a true benefit to my work!
Nowadays, being a financial executive is more than just planning and analysis – it requires a global sense of business. Hoping to enrich my knowledge in this arena, I enrolled in Manchester Global MBA. Overall, I find the programme highly relevant to my field, as well as being a truly international experience. One learns not only through workshopping, but also through the collective expertise of a diverse cohort.
I relished the opportunity to visit other centres. In particular, studying for the ‘Contemporary Business in China’ module at the Shanghai centre is a unique and valuable experience, through which I brushed up on my managerial smarts, especially in regard to operations in Greater China and the Asia Pacific.
Current technology means every team member can stay close regardless of time zone. Despite the fact that many of us hail from different backgrounds, we managed to develop close ties through constant communication – a definite plus!
I chose the Manchester MBA not only because of its top ranking, but also because of its flexibility and portability, in case I had to move to another country during my period of study, which turned out to be the case. I currently head a multinational team in the Chief Investment Office across APAC for UBS, following various roles in global financial institutions.
It was a highly invigorating experience for me, you will be forced out of your comfort zone when starting an MBA, and having a flexible MBA setup is key. This programme is also crucial in helping me connect the dots between topics and to present strategies through application of learned frameworks.
For busy executives and management-level associates, it is difficult to squeeze time to attend daily or weekly classes while striking a balance between work, family and study. The flexible mode of study in the Manchester Global MBA hence is a huge advantage as it allows me to study at my own pace and design my own specialist electives.
It was never easy to handle career, family and study at the same time but I was quite fortunate that my boss and family were very supportive of me taking the MBA programme. As the course materials can be downloaded from internet easily, I always carry my tablet and reading notes with me whenever I go. It enables me to fill the gap time during transportation and other activities to catch up on the readings.
The diversity is the best part of the programme and a key reason why I chose the programme. The networking experience with people from worldwide was fabulous!
I truly appreciate the hardship and stress the workshop and coursework have given to us as it helps us to learn to deal with difficulties and look for ways to resolve it. The programme has helped me to further develop my logical thinking and analytical skills, it helps me to analyse issues from a macro view and it also inspired me to think out of the box and look for innovative ways to solve issues.
This stellar programme left me not only with solid business knowledge, but also ample practical skills. The University creed of ‘learning by doing’ was on full display – field research and business simulation exercises form an integral part of every module. It also helped me build confidence, proactivity and toughness – from being quite shy in group discussions, I grew to enjoy offering my opinion whenever it was needed! The biggest merit of this course, for me, though, is its flexibility—I could learn while working. I don’t have to risk my current job or my family life in order to succeed in the programme. In fact, I actually got married, gave birth to my child, changed job and moved house all within the timespan of the degree! This is just proof positive that the Manchester Global MBA can afford adjustment to every individual situation. I therefore strongly recommend the course to anyone wishing to take their career to the next level.
My MBA journey coincided with a leap forward in my career. Part of the July 2015 intake, in 2016 I was appointed as the representative Director at Le Cordon Bleu Japan Inc. while retaining my core duties as General Manager of Le Cordon Bleu Korea Inc. Studying for my MBA is a feat that is well-recognised by the President of my company, directly leading to my promotion, as well as opportunities to participate in global projects.
I would like to thank Professor Ismail Ertürk in particular, who facilitated my invitation to the Global Gastronomy Summit 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey, where, as a guest speaker, I shared my insights regarding the globalisation of local cuisine.
I credit my study group and my family’s support as essential factors towards my success in balancing work and study.
For couple Edwina Lai and Kevin Ma – who come from engineering backgrounds, the Global MBA not only provided opportunities for career progression, but also for bonding. ‘We form our own study group at home, making the process so much effective,’ they say, ‘We also took our 5-year-old boy along with us to other campuses, turning what’s purely a studying session into family time.’
Both professionals found the programme deeply rewarding. ‘It challenged our ways of thinking through its global approach,’ they say, ‘Through collaborating with fellow students from different backgrounds, we learnt to appreciate diverse cultural points of view.’ In particular, Ma finds himself applying cultural lessons learnt during the degree to his job: ‘The programme has inspired me to build trust with partners from other parts of the globe, which is essential to my current work on overseas property development projects.’
Both graduates extolled the practical nature of the programmes - many lessons are directly applicable to management and decision-making. ‘This MBA is indispensable in broadening our knowledge base and paving the way for future career advancement,’ they say. Lai has now expanded into risk management within her job, while Ma is currently responsible for managing Asia-Pacific property developments.
For them, the journey has been a family commitment. ‘Our gratitude goes out to our loved ones for taking care of our baby boy during the most hectic of days,’ says the couple. Truly, the MBA has brought them closer together as a family unit.
I think the knowledge of business strategy and finance I acquired has greatly enhanced my career, as I gained a thorough understanding of end to end business in the programme. The course helped me to fill in my gaps in learning and gain a holistic understanding of business. This has helped me move into more senior management positions, managing P&L’s and driving business strategy.
I am also grateful for having the opportunity to study in four centres. By leveraging and learning about the work experience of the other students, the international modules provide an overview of how companies operate in various markets. The experience has allowed me to better understand the work culture of my team located in other countries.
It was difficult to study while working, especially as I travelled a lot for work. I was lucky that my family, my employer and direct manager were all amazingly supportive. You need exceptional time management skills, prioritising what needs to be done. Don’t leave assignments and study to the last minute.
Since embarking on this degree, I has become a better communicator and a more inclusive leader. Without a doubt, studying alongside people from such diverse backgrounds has inspired me to think differently.
Like many busy executives, the degree proves a lesson in time management and effective communication, skills I believe essential to professional development. For any MBA student, the trick is to be transparent with your boss and your management team as well as your family - because without their support, it’s hard.
Post-graduation, I am grateful not only for enhanced managerial smarts, but also the ability to think with a greater sense of vision and agility.
I have always wanted to master challenging projects, no matter within or outside of the workplace. The Manchester Global MBA provided the perfect opportunity for me to bolster my problem-solving skills and to brush up my strategic smarts – and in so doing helped me transition into an exhilarating new role at my current company, Wynn. What is most impressive about the programme is the way it encourages original thinking and learning by doing, especially through the Manchester Method. At the same time, workshops and webinars both keep me up to date as to what is happening globally in the business world. I also really appreciate the fact that the University has plenty of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs)-enabling strategies in place, as I have always played an active role in promoting SDG with authorities and associations. This sense of shared values is crucial not only to my personal development, but to my career!
I had always wanted to sharpen my practical management capabilities, and the Manchester Global MBA gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. Although I already possessed an MSc in Finance, I wanted to take my knowledge beyond the ‘technical’.
As one of the most prestigious MBA programmes in the world, the Global MBA did not disappoint. What I appreciated most about it is not only its focus on practical knowledge—professors used different business cases for our reference, which could be readily applied to my working life, but also its global reach.
I would like to encourage newcomers to study at least once at an international centre—I did two electives at the Manchester campus, and it was a brilliant and unforgettable experience—we worked hard and played hard. Overall, this degree was the perfect fit for me, as it gave me the chance to study overseas while still having a full-time job in Hong Kong!
Founding my career on engineering, I realised I needed to beef up my business skills to turn a new page of my career as a front-line manager.
Regarding my learning experience of this MBA programme, the value of attending intensive workshops overseas in broadening my horizons were highlighted. Since I started the programme, I was given the opportunity to relocate to other countries and setup sales and marketing strategies for each of the countries in Asia Pacific region. Apart from studying abroad in the Singapore center, I also visited Shanghai and gained eye-opening experience. One of the workshops taught students how to do business in China and how to deal with Chinese business partner by adapting their work culture and usual practices.
This MBA programme gave me a chance to work and team up with international people. During my live business consultancy project, I worked together with a group consisting of Indian, American, Swiss and Hong Kong people. This is a truly diversified team.
The Manchester Global MBA is a well-balanced programme with adequate amount of theoretical knowledge, case studies and interesting electives. It equipped me with the new skills that I seldom need being an engineer, such as corporate strategy and negotiation. I am still applying the skills that I learned today!
I am grateful that I could further my studies while continuing my job in the company. In Japan, life employment is a common practice as it is regarded as respect for the company.
Putting international exposure as a priority when choose MBA programmes, I was assured by the diverse background of Manchester Global MBA. MBA programmes of European universities are actually more international than those in the US. The professors and staff in this programme have a global-mindset and know how to respect people of a different cultural background.
In pursuing studies, Manchester Global MBA caught my attention because of its flexibility and diversity. I also wish to improve on my English to better handle global-scaled projects which involve interaction with people from different countries.
I found it difficult in the beginning to read course materials in English. But I was determined to make a success of my studies by doubling my effort and finally not only my English improved but also I passed with flying colors.
The experience of a cultural exchange in Dubai was really unforgettable. It was my first visit there for the overseas workshop, and I was amazed by the diversity in the group as they came from Kuwait, Morocco, UAE and Zambia. I invited them to have a beer after class, but we turned out going for coffee instead because of the alcohol ban. That was the first time I came across this Halal custom.
I have always been committed to the importance of acquiring new knowledge. So, studying for an MBA was always very high on my “to do” list. The MBS Global MBA was a natural choice for me, given its triple accreditation, its offer of a CPA scholarship and the University’s overall focus on social values.
In particular, I found the blended learning format ideal for me – with its intensive workshops in global centres, complemented by online lectures, it allowed me to manage my busy work schedule at the same time . The practical nature of the programme meant that I could continuously apply new knowledge to my workplace, with the aim of creating new opportunities, as well as delivering complex, dynamic change.
I would like to thank the programme’s support staff, who went the extra mile in tailoring the programme for students’ needs, especially mine. Working with them, they made a challenging journey so much more manageable; for which I am grateful.
After fifteen years in the R&D department of a major Japanese telecom company, I wanted to combine my technology-focused background with business know-how in order to open up new career opportunities – hence an MBA, I personally chose this Global MBA for several reasons: the worldwide recognition of the University, its triple accreditation status, its emphasis on diversity and travel, and the eclectic nature of its cohorts.
This programme provides the perfect balance between theory and hands-on assignments, the latter of which allows us to apply new concepts to practical cases.
For me, the MBA is a timely and effective career booster - I was transferred to NTT DATA Global Marketing HQ Global Automotive Office in January 2018.
Manchester Global MBA was a clear choice to me during my MBA selection process. Not only does the school enjoy name recognition, it also offers a part-time model which prides itself on not being completely offline – personal, face-to-face contact is still an essential part of the programme. Its global nature also appeals.
The degree proved especially beneficial towards my entrepreneurial ambitions, not least because I was part of the winning team of The Goal Manchester 2018 Start-up Grand Challenge. Having the opportunity to start a company as a final project – with some support from the school, helped us apply a lot of what we learnt through workshops. In many ways, the Challenge, with its focus on hands-on acutalisation, was the perfect complement to the theoretical lessons we have accumulated. The Challenge also provided a masterclass on how funding works – something essential to my career.
I have always believed in learning new theories and applying these to corporate settings. Much of what I have gained throughout the programme I have integrated into workplace practices – from managing stakeholders and presenting information in a more contextual way to questioning everything with a critical eye. Real benefits were reaped – my career soared towards the next level.
From the time I was accepted into the programme up till I graduated, I moved country three times. Thankfully, the blended learning concept and modular approach of this degree fully accommodated these changes, allowing me to complete the degree on time. I would also highly recommend that students take up the programme’s offer and study at two other international centres. In fact, I find these experiences so impactful that I decided to travel at my own costs to a third centre!
As a financial advisor currently engaged in my own business, I was on the lookout for an MBA in order to complete my skillset and to boost my standing in the field. The Manchester Global MBA is a natural choice for me, given its top ranking, its extensive alumni network and the sheer diversity of its courses.
This degree more than met my expectations, gifting me not only with practical skills in areas ranging from negotiation to entrepreneurship but also a new circle of friends. Since graduation, I have chosen to grow my own business, to increased success. Undoubtedly, the MBA played its part in this! I’m also scheduled to move to Manchester with the 'Graduate Entrepreneurship Visa’ - a business opportunity I'm confident would steer my company towards further growth.
I was looking for an MBA programme to help expand my global network, and Manchester Global MBA certainly lived up to its sterling reputation. From the diversity of the cohort to the offer of international workshops, I was able to collaborate and connect with peers from across the world, including the US, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
As part of a Japanese company based in Taiwan penetrating in China market, I found the Doing Business in China module particularly enlightening, as it provided me with the skills and vision to help clients enter the China market. The Negotiation Skill module was another highlight - its practicality meant I could directly apply skills to the workplace. I also gained solid finance, accounting and investment skills through the programme, which fitted my career pathway perfectly.
The flexible study schedule was a final bonus, through which I could juggle work and studies efficiently and effectively.
I endorse on the School’s “Learning by Doing” method as it has incorporated strategic frameworks and theories that can be promptly applied to real business at workplace. The method supplies food for thought with a strong focus on real-life application and drives me forwards in my current daily business.
I have visited four centres throughout the programme, namely Hong Kong, Manchester, Dubai and Singapore respectively. I was so excited having the opportunities to visit these centres. I met a number of professors and students at different centres, built a network of various peers who share with me their insights and broadened my perspective in a global business context.
The Manchester Global MBA was the perfect choice as it was one of the best in terms of ranking and accreditation, while affording me plenty of flexibility.
My goal in applying for the Global MBA is quite straightforward. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. This is a perfect fit – not least because of its reputation, its flexible programme design and its uniquely global vision.
I am full of praise for the knowledge and skills gained through the degree, I’ve learnt a lot, particularly on the strategic management front. Thanks to that I will be better prepared for the newly-appointed role as the CFO for Maersk Group’s liner operations in the Far East cluster – including Greater China, Korea, Japan and the Russian Far East, starting this September.
I strongly believe that ‘teamwork’ is my most valuable takeaway. Through group assignments, I learnt about the art of effective discussion and compromise.
With increased C-suite demand for tax insights in this age of globalisation and digitalisation, I believe a successful tax professional needs a far broader skill set than simply strong technical knowledge in complex tax rules. Manchester Global MBA is a natural choice for me, given its global immersion as well as its flexibility – I have a highly demanding schedule which involves frequent travel. Doubtless, this degree enhanced my career opportunities by broadening my horizons beyond finance, helping me partner more closely with operating business units across countries. At the same time, it has trained me to be a better communicator and a leader who is truly capable of motivating a diverse multicultural team towards meeting my organisation’s wider business goals. Finally, it’s a joy to study alongside professionals from across the globe at different workshop locations – I have established firm friendships in the process!
As a seasoned IT professional who left the world of multinational corporates in 2016 to set up my own FinTech and MarTech start-ups, I was looking to expand my vision and skillset with an MBA programme. The Manchester Global MBA, with its balance between the theoretical and the practical, offers the perfect educational opportunity. Not only did I manage to upgrade myself via such core courses as Business Accounting & Finance, Strategy & Competition as well as Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management, I also discovered a wealth of global contacts. Together, these have helped me enormously in planning, building and running my business on a daily basis.
On a personal note, the chance to bond with like-minded professionals from a diversity of backgrounds was something I cherish. One of my most memorable experiences was forming the Ginger Heart Team for the Operation Santa Claus (OSC) 2017 Inter-School MBA Charity Challenge, for which we won three top awards. This occasion proved the perfect chance for us to exercise the Manchester Method – not only in utilising the specific strengths of each team member, but also in applying core lobbying and negotiation skills. These, combined with added support from an extensive alumni and student network, helped us secure the corporate sponsorship we need and to maximise the amount of funds raised!
Even before starting my degree, I had 20 years of solid industry experience in government departments and multi-national companies, as a programmer, business analyst, business owner, project manager and IT consultant. But my goal was to move to the next level in my career; I saw the MBA as a vehicle for obtaining the strategic, business and financial knowledge I needed.
I found the MBA course hard work, especially doing it in conjunction with a demanding full-time job, but it certainly gave me the skills I needed. The programme covered a large breadth and depth of material, across all aspects of management with interesting electives.
The workshops were challenging but I have no doubt it helped to build the skills and knowledge that have helped me achieve my goals, including honing important everyday team and leadership skills.
One of the key benefits of this particular course was the Manchester Method, which allowed me to practice with real world case studies in my own work situation.
Regarding my keys to academic excellence, a supportive family and making effective use of the study group were critical. The MBA programme requires a lot of hard work, including time for reading and thinking. Being part of a study group helped me to regulate my study and deliver the work needed for the major project. We came to rely on each other, for work, support and encouragement. We came to realise that while working as a group can be very frustrating, this was a key component in mastering important real-life skills.
I chose Manchester Global MBA because of its stellar reputation and because the programme offers great flexibility for time-starved students like me who could not attend classes on weekday nights.
I found the workshop experience extremely applicable to real-life. Every subject came with practices featuring actual cases, which I along with other group members would attempt to solve, and which would then be presented to professors and peers.
On the career front, the MBA was extremely helpful for me in switching to Sales and Marketing after a long stint in engineering. I found that practical lessons learnt from the program could be applied directly to the new job, especially Game Theory—part of Managerial Economy and Negotiation Skill. If the programme were simply designed around theories, it wouldn’t be much help for me, unlike this programme!
Overall, I was impressed with the degree of practical application involved—certainly, its motto ‘Original Thinking Applied’ was well-embedded into the programme itself.
As the owner of my own building consultancy, I felt the need for a well-rounded business education in order to promote the growth of my company. The Global MBA proved the perfect opportunity, introducing me to a wealth of practical skills – from negotiation to strategic management, and to a world of contacts.
One thing I truly appreciated about the programme is its diversity – through my studies, I made friends with classmates from all corners of the globe. Interestingly, a lot of us ‘broke’ the MBA rules by engaging in important life events throughout the course of the degree. The fact that we managed to graduate with flying colours is testament to the flexibility of the programme – which gave us the room to juggle work, family and study commitments with ease.
Today I can proudly say that 'I did it' - thanks to the built-in support of the programme and to my coursemates!
Having been promoted to position of the Head of Finance Department in my firm, I saw the need to arm myself with managerial knowledge rather than being exclusively focused on finance skills. I chose the Manchester Global MBA over local MBA programmes because of its strong workshop system and world-class faculty, as well as the opportunity to study in English.
My journey is not without its ups and downs, as I juggled study, work and family. But it is a worthwhile journey – through the degree, my problem-solving skills increased, my communication skills improved, and my ability to manage my team even under high pressure has been strengthened. On top of this, I met many excellent people from around the globe through the degree, thus widening my network no end.
I recently underwent a big career change – having been employed as a diplomat for most of my working life, I transitioned into the world of International Financial institutions three years ago. Formerly an Economic Officer at the Egyptian Embassy in China, I am currently working at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) headquartered in Beijing. For me, the Manchester Global MBA emerged as the clear frontrunner after conducting extensive research on MBA programmes across the globe. Not only it is highly flexible in terms of scheduling – a godsend for me considering my demanding job, it is also highly practical – the ‘learning by doing’ method allowed me to successfully link theories with the actual challenges that I face in the workplace on a daily basis. For sure, I felt that my research capabilities, my writing skills and especially my presentation prowess improved no end through team assignments. As I said to some of my professors after a year in the programme, ‘now I can say, I really made the right choice’!
With over 15 years of experience in sales & marketing within the consumer and manufacturing sector, I was nonetheless looking for an opportunity to further strengthen my strategic thinking skills and to expand my global network. The Manchester Global MBA proved the perfect fit.
I chose this degree over an MBA at a local university within South Korea, as it offered the chance of studying in different centres worldwide, from which I could strengthen global networks and accrue much-needed business skills. From these experiences, I emerged a true global citizen.
My academic journey was not without challenges, not least because I had to work in parallel. However, I managed to overcome them through understanding and support from family. The payoff was worth it – initial feedback from recruitment firms and corporate peers point towards opportunities which would not have been available had I not completed the degree.
The MBA has not only strengthened my core skills through diversified business experiences, it has also given me yet more motivation to pursue my business dreams. With this in hand, I believe that my future is limitless!
With a view to enhancing my management skills, I decided to take the leap and enrol for an MBA degree. The Manchester Global MBA has always been my top choice, and it has not disappointed. This is a wonderful programme – practical by nature, it enabled me to apply classroom knowledge directly into my workplace. The ‘Manchester Method’, in particular, was instrumental in helping me analyse business problems and to solve them effectively.
I also appreciated how flexible the programme was – online classes were complemented by face-to-face workshops in a variety of locations, from Hong Kong to Singapore to Manchester. Although I did encounter challenges along the way, especially, in juggling work deadlines and assignment deadlines, I managed to embrace these challenges and soon I was thriving!
Ten years after completing my ACA, I felt the time was right to pursue an MBA and further develop myself professionally and personally. The Manchester Global MBA was a natural choice for me given its flexibility and its strong global footprint. Within two months of starting the MBA, I moved from Tokyo to Paris, yet seamlessly continued my studies. As an expat, I strongly believe that this degree is perfect for those who are uncertain how long they will stay in one place.
Balancing home life, a demanding role involving significant travel and studies was indeed a challenge. But with forward planning and an understanding spouse, it was fully possible. Assignments are communicated in advance, and with four weeks to complete each assignment, you can plan other commitment around this schedule.
This degree has been instrumental in deepening my management knowledge while giving me the impetus to become a stronger, more effective business leader. Without hesitation, I would recommend it to anyone looking to accelerate their careers.
Although I come from an engineering background, I have always been interested in having a wider, more global view of business. I am particularly intrigued in what takes place ‘behind the curtain’ – to understand the mechanisms and strategies behind each corporate decision. Manchester Global MBA, a programme with a ‘local’ centre but also a global footprint, has impressed from start to finish.
Undoubtedly, my studies have changed my career track in unexpected new directions. This course motivated me to embark on a new venture as an entrepreneur, together with associates from my final project. The added opportunity to road-test our work before launching was a decided sweetener, as it allowed us to further finesse our plans.
Overall, the chance to update my corporate knowledge and to integrate such knowledge within a wider framework has proved crucial to my vision. It has allowed me to become a better, bolder business leader - perfect for my current role as the founder of an innovative start-up!
As a pharmaceutical and medical device executive looking for career advancement, the Global MBA is a perfect fit for my ambitions. By broadening my cross-industry knowledge and my international networks, it allowed me to become a better manager and a keener strategist.
One of the highlights of my MBS journey was undoubtedly attending workshops in Manchester, where I met students from a diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds. The graduation ceremony - which took place in the architectural splendour of Whitworth Hall, was another unforgettable experience.
Upon graduation, I immediately engaged in a number of charity initiatives with fellow alumni members – it is this spirit of continuous giving and constant learning that distinguishes the MBS community from the pack.
Manchester Global MBA elevates my career by equipping me with a wide range of knowledge. I am able to understand, analyse and find solutions for most on-going issues on finance, accounting, operations, international business, marketing and company strategies with the cases and theories I learnt from the programme. The up-to-date course materials allow me to apply the solutions instantly in my work.
In the programme, rather than just canned knowledge, theories are substantiated with real-life examples from companies. The learning process, hence, was very effective and constructive. Moreover, as we were assigned to analyse our own company with the skills learnt, the homework could be applied to my company and so solve real problems.
As I discussed my assignments with my company’s managers, the learning went both ways. On one side I learnt from their experience of managing the company; on the other side I was able to provide them with my new insights and directions, learnt from my MBA. Theories and actual examples about shipping were challenging, but it was a great way to learn and understand the problems in depth. I was promoted to General Manager in the first year of holding my MBA and there is consistent improvement in my overall results.
After working for 11 years as an IT engineer, I am now the Senior Manager of SK Holdings. In searching for the optimum managerial programme to broaden my horizons, I discovered that Global Part-time MBA stands out as having the most flexible and practical framework among all the MBA programmes in the UK and the US.
What I like about this MBA programme is its flexible mode. Given that the programme combines online and offline studying methods, I don’t have to worry about career discontinuity, and can adjust my schedules to catch up with the syllabus.
I am also impressed with the fact that the professional academic faculty comes with a wealth of practical experience. The professors brought live business cases into the classroom, and presented us with real challenges as distinct from text book exercises.
Spanning across the globe, the School also tries to sustain a variety of specialties and cultural backgrounds in its students. The visits to other centres over the world gave me the opportunities to delve deeper into their culture than by just visiting as a tourist.
In the meantime, I have to date finished nearly half of the workshops in my base centre, Hong Kong. And based on my personal experience, the Hong Kong staff work serve as an effective bridge between local and international students and the school office in the UK.
I decided to take an MBA course because it provides an opportunity for students to participate in international conferences as well as to interact with global executive representatives. Moreover, I thought I would be able to use the methodologies and theories learned through the MBA courses in my current work. Thus I decided to take an MBA course.
I chose Manchester Global MBA for its reputation, course contents and student support facilities. It was also partly because a good friend of mine strongly recommended this programme to me.
The programme met my expectation as it provided me an opportunity to interact with classmates from different countries and participate in workshops. Furthermore, I was able to gain some first-hand information of different private industries around the world, through interacting with other students, it was possible to discover new business opportunities.
For the advantages, I think distance learning program allows a larger flexibility to maintain a work-life-study balance. Also, the financial burden for a part-time MBA is smaller compared to the full-time MBA. Moreover, I was able to apply what I have learned in my current work. Another benefit of this course is to have opportunities to interact with other students with international perspectives through workshops. Therefore I would definitely recommend this course to those who want to gain practical skills and knowledge.
As an IT professional working in a highly business-focused environment, I believe that an MBA would help expand my skill-set beyond my current area of expertise and open new doors in my career. In my search for an MBA, I looked for cultural diversity, a strong global network, global ranking, reputation & accreditation as well as good student support. Manchester Gloabal MBA emerged as my top choice. Not only does it encourage mobility and cross-cultural collaboration, it is also superb in terms of practicality. Every module could be related back to the workplace, and there were plenty of opportunities for real-life application. With lessons in Game Theory still fresh on our minds, we were able to put our knowledge to good use by competing in the Operation Santa Claus MBA competition. Overall, I have become a more critical thinker and a more confident negotiator in the process – my most precious takeaway from the degree!
The hospitality industry is ever-changing and rapidly growing. Keeping abreast of current business languages, market behaviour and megatrends is key to career success. With this in mind, I applied for the Manchester Global MBA – I was drawn towards its triple accreditation and its strong degree of flexibility in terms of scheduling. I knew right away that I have made the right decision.
The programme has broadened my horizons both personally and professionally. Career-wise, it has gifted me with enhanced problem-solving skills and a robust network of global contacts. I have also gained amazing friends and mentors through the course – I truly relished the opportunity to work alongside talented professionals in a diversity of locations, some of whom are global leaders in their respective business sectors.
This has been a truly life-changing experience, and I am, without a doubt, indebted to AMBS for enhanced career opportunities.
Manchester Global MBA is a truly international programme, and is well recognized by all important employers.
My MBA degree will be an asset for me to find a good position when I move to Germany next year. I particularly like the networking opportunities at The University of Manchester. During my study, I got to know people from different countries and with different educational backgrounds.
I benefited no end from the flexible, workshop-based approach of the degree. What attracted me to Manchester Global MBA in the first place was precisely this flexibility in managing workshops around my packed travel schedule, while still providing face-to-face teaching, group work and networking opportunities. Given that I am a frequent traveller, this is a godsend. I also relish the opportunity to meet new people from a variety of employment, skill and cultural backgrounds – people who go beyond my tightly-knit financial services circle.
At the same time, I gained significant knowledge in subject areas I had not been previously exposed to, including strategy and operation management, while enjoying a refresher on my core strengths in finance and accounting. The course struck me as deeply practical – I was able to take away many concepts from the MBA modules and apply them to my role, especially the strategy subjects, which allowed me to gain new perspectives on global companies.
I took full advantage of the global nature of the workshops, stopping by Singapore, Manchester and Dubai (besides Hong Kong) in completing my degree. It was great to see a new city and meet a new cohort of students, and that working in groups with people from different cultures was a great learning experience.
With over 20 years of experience in product management, sourcing and strategy, I relished the chance to do an MBA as it ‘offers an overall perspective of the Business as a whole’. For managers, I believe, getting ‘an end-to-end understanding is crucial in order to make the right decisions…one should know how to join the dots.’ At the same time, the programme allowed me to study my core subject—supply chain management, as an elective, thus giving me in-depth knowledge.
What I enjoyed most about the programme were the group project presentations at the end of the workshops. The teamwork on display, the way we identify each team member’s strengths…and, finally, delivering within a tight timeframe—this is a great collaborative opportunity.
As a project manager of IT system integration and maintenance for more than 15 years, I felt the need to upgrade myself in terms of managerial smarts through an MBA degree. The Manchester Global MBA fits my needs perfectly – not only is it highly prestigious, but it also boasts a diverse cohort, through which I came to appreciate different cultural perspectives.
Through the MBA studying, I was assigned to a new job position which involves fundamental skills in marketing and sales strategy - areas in which I had little previous experience, but which was extensively covered by the degree. This is precisely why I decided to study for an MBA in the first place – to gain skills I can apply directly to the workplace, and to accelerate my career.
I embarked on an MBA degree with the aim of equipping myself with the skills needed to continue thriving as a senior executive within a multinational insurance firm. In all aspects, Manchester Global MBA delivered, and some more.
One of my most rewarding experiences throughout the degree was acting as a student rep. In this role, I managed to establish firm ties with both local and international students as well as with the Business School, which increased my global exposure no end. Most importantly, I felt that the programme didn’t just gift me with academic knowledge, but, rather, a truly entrepreneurial mindset. This is sure to stand me in good stead as I continue to drive aggressive sales growth across the region.
With the unveiling of the ‘Belt and Road’ and the Greater Bay Area initiatives, the regional insurance sector is only set to grow. I anticipate increased demand and bigger business for my sector – all of which calls for all the skills I have gained from this programme.
Why did you choose your MBA?
I was trained as a scientist with no prior business education. After working in non-profit organization management for a few years, I realize it would be essential to learn the management skills and knowledge in a structured and systematic manner. The MBS part-time Global MBA programme offers the flexibilities and practicality which helps to keep a good balance between studies, work and personal commitments. The teaching puts an emphasis on the practice-based approach with the Manchester Method, learning by doing, with real life case studies and projects.
What support do you receive from the Centre?
The University of Manchester East Asia Centre has been in Hong Kong for over 25 years with a local team providing excellent support to the students. Each student is provided with access to the wealth of online teaching materials and the electronic library at Manchester. The University of Manchester have an extensive network of alumni in Hong Kong with diversified professional backgrounds. The Alumni Association is one of the most active alumni communities globally with regular networking and social events held throughout the year. The Centre also organizes regular professional seminars and joint business schools events for students and alumni.
I choose Manchester Global MBA because of its very practical and case-based nature. At my company I’m actively involved in business transformation and change management and I’m looking for real world knowledge and experience that can help me in my daily work.
Getting an MBA degree was my dream all along. I am extremely glad that I have accomplished this milestone at The University of Manchester. My deepest gratitude goes out to all my professors and my new friends in the University global family, particularly my classmates from the January 2015 cohort.
I stress that the Manchester Method – Learning by Doing, has been the key to success: Towards the end of my MBA journey, I moved onto the next level of my career in the banking industry – from Branch Management to District Wealth Management. This is a clear result of my study experience.
This journey has been chock-full of happy memories. One of the highlights of my U.K. study trip was watching Manchester United live with my classmates from Hong Kong.
With 11 years of experience in Oil and Gas under my belt, in technical and operation positions, I was looking to transition into more commercial roles. The Manchester Global MBA has always been my top choice, as it offers academic rigour alongside freedom and flexibility – perfect for someone frequently on the move.
My greatest takeaway from the programme? Its ability to cement much of my previous experience and to provide the framework through which I could bring these experiences together. Moreover, the Manchester method gave me insights I would never have gained otherwise – this allowed me to make business and career choices backed by well-thought-out reasoning.
As part of the winning team of The Goal Manchester 2018 Start-up Grand Challenge, I was able to work alongside cohort members who were equally committed to growing a cleaner, greener future. Winning was merely the icing on the cake – what mattered most is that our start-up has gone from strength to strength since inception, having recently been accepted onto Europe’s most successful incubators. We were able to apply lessons learnt directly into the project – proving how highly practical the programme was!
Having progressed from a system engineering post to a management position in sales and marketing, I feel the strong urge to acquire knowledge about international business development, communications and strategic planning to deal with upcoming challenges.
The programme was a godsend—it was comprehensive, international and flexible. Not only did I acquire updated and useful knowledge from remote learning, I also got to attend the Advanced Strategic Management workshop held on the U.K. campus. It was a miracle moment as I reconnected with all the friends I had met in some previous workshops. To top things off, my study group spent days sightseeing in Manchester and Amsterdam afterwards. All in all, I am very excited to have established a global people-network which is an invaluable asset to my personal and career advancement.
My company is headquartered in the U.K. and expanding into the Asian market. Since the programme is comprehensive with an international perspective, it will allow me to gain insights into the various market environments and practices, as well as modern management skills.
I also attribute my transition to management level to the practical and globally-faced programme. Upon completing the MBA programme, I felt much more ready for fresh challenges—and my efforts paid off tremendously when I was first promoted to a General Manager position and later joined my current company. These are thrilling steps forward, and I have the Manchester Global MBA to thank for that!
I believe that the Global MBA courses, with their practical, workshop-based approach, were integral to my career advancement. I attribute my recent successes to the valuable academic knowledge gained from MBA study, as well as the expansion of my social and professional networks. I also enthuses about the high table seminars hosted by MBS Alumni Association, where I gained insight into a variety of subjects, from private equity to M&A. Along the way, I also managed to earn some CPDs. These days, the alumni network enriches my professional life no end - my classmate who is in the property industry introduced me to his Greater China manager, who gave me a one–day tour of Tianjin, in order to understand the property market there. Many valuable networking opportunities were thus built amongst the alumni.
When I moved to Hong Kong in January 2009 to take up my position as the Senior Regional Mortgage Leader for Asia Pacific at The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), I was also looking for the right MBA program to boost, surprisingly, my confidence.
It was a very practical course. I was able to apply what I’d learnt from the course directly into my working life. For example, to support my MBA projects and assignments, I would arrange to meet the senior leaders at the bank. For an assignment topic on motivation I met the HR Director for HSBC Asia and when a question for marketing needed to be tackled I sat with the Marketing Proposition team to get a practical understanding of how they approach the problems in real life. The benefits gained from the programme will last throughout my career and I’ve recommended three people to do the course at Manchester.
In the first place, one important factor that attracts me to enroll in the Manchester Global MBA programme is the motto of the School – ‘Think Global’.
When I first dabbled in the healthcare industry, I started to struggle with strategic planning, or analysing projects from the management or financial perspective. But the programme taught me to think methodically, logically and comprehensively, approaches that can be applied in practice.
Studying at the University of Manchester has paid handsome rewards, as I have been promoted to the position of Marketing Manager at work. I have received recognition for my strategic marketing plan, so that now I get to contribute to the corporate branding plan.
I’ve had a happy and fruitful time studying in Hong Kong. I treasure the opportunity to experience local life and develop close relationships with local students.
The East Asia Centre isn’t just concerned with teaching, but also actively encourages bonding between local and international students. My fellow students of the East Asia Centre in Hong Kong were hard-working, cooperative, smart and kind. They spared no effort to accomplish the mission and to overcome challenges. I am very proud to be a part of this distinguished cohort.
As a person of keen ambition but with a hectic schedule within the hospitality industry, I find the Manchester Global MBA a perfect fit. Not only did the degree equip me with skill-sets in areas as diverse as human resources, operation management and finance, it also introduced me to a wealth of networking opportunities – I love meeting new people and learning about new cultures, and this degree proved an ideal gateway, as I undertook modules in Hong Kong, Manchester and Shanghai. In terms of knowledge, I am enriched no end by the programme. Its practical nature means that many skills can be directly mapped onto real-life situations – e.g. having better communication with other departments during meetings. All in all, I believe that I became a better, more analytical manager because of my studies – at no expense of my family duties!
I have a solid technology background in the service provider industry, especially in ICT infrastructure and its management. Before my current position in Japan, I headed teams across the APAC region involving cloud solutions, service product and technical operations, in various companies. However, I have always desired to extend my knowledge base beyond the technical and to improve my business acumen – an essential in any corporate role. For me, Manchester Global MBA delivered perfectly. Its international nature meant that I am exposed to a world of regional and global contacts - something that a local programme in Japan could not offer. Through the programme, I got the chance to collaborate with classmates from multiple countries – a truly invigorating opportunity. The blend between face-to-face workshops and online courses was also at exactly the right level – the travel burden was not too great at all. In many ways, this is a very balanced programme with a great deal of flexibility – perfect for someone hoping to go at their own pace. Unlike a full-time or weekend-only programme, this degree gave me the room to maintain my job and work-life balance. All in all, this degree has spurred me to critically assess some of the chronic challenges I encounter in my career, and in so doing allowed me to apply myself better.
I believe that MBS offers the perfect combination of distance learning and face-to-face interaction, besides being a university of stellar repute. One of my most memorable moments from my years of study was probably my visit to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for one of my electives “Doing Business in Brazil’. With its emerging economy and amazing culture, Brazil had always captivated me, and when the University offered an elective there, I felt like I could not give it a miss. On another note, getting my MBA had certainly helped my career progress, as it taught me to see the bigger picture as a business manager. I was also supremely grateful for being given the ‘Merit’ award for my studies. I’m not a perfectionist as I don’t believe that perfection exists, but I always give things my best shot—I’m focused and not easily side-tracked. With no peer pressure or regular classes to force you to stay ahead, what success boils down to, ultimately, is all based on internal motivation.
Manchester Global MBA fits perfectly with my expectations: offering part-time programme, regular workshops and globally diversified environment. I think the programme has fulfilled my expectation of offering comprehensive business knowledge and challenging experiences. The programme has enhanced my marketing skill and will support my career goal to manage global business.
The programme can help people switch from one position to another smoothly. I changed my job from a Japanese IT company to an American healthcare company, simultaneously with the start of my MBA. It was a big change for me. Since then, I have kept developing my career as a marketer in healthcare industry. The programme really did contribute to my career development by providing practical frameworks, knowledge and learning opportunities of working closely with people from different countries.
I think Manchester Global MBA is practical since it encourages students to retrack back and forth between the course and workplace. We can apply what we have learned from the programme to our workplace immediately. I did find it practical to apply marketing, strategic management and negotiation frameworks to my job, which we sometimes cannot easily obtain in daily working.
Every time I travelled to different centres for workshops, I was excited to commute to schools in unfamiliar places and to encounter classmates from elsewhere. I learned many things from them and greatly broadened my perspectives.
As a CPA with 11 years of experience in the financial sector under my belt, I felt ready to widen my career opportunities with an MBA degree. The Manchester Global MBA is my ideal choice as, having spent my undergraduate years in the U.K.., I prefer a highly reputable U.K. institute for postgraduate studies.
My MBA journey was not without its challenges. I welcomed my second child to the family just as I was starting the programme – time management therefore became crucial as I juggled work, study and family commitments.
Ultimately, I find that not only did the degree raise my people management and leadership skills – being part of a study group was an invaluable experience, it also brought my career onto a whole new level.
Deciding which MBA is right for you is not easy and in a crowded market, every programme has unique draws. Lauren Smith is a Field Marketing Manager for the Burger King Corporation who wanted a rigorous, international degree but needed the flexibility to accommodate starting a family. We spoke to Lauren about her experience as part of the first Kelley-Manchester MBA cohort, which started in 2016. This innovative MBA combines online and in-person study, allowing candidates to continue working while studying at both the Kelley School of Business in the US and Alliance Manchester Business School.
To start, when did you graduate?
I extended by two semesters and I just graduated in May. I finished my last exam six days after my daughter was born. I loved the flexibility of the programme. With my pregnancy and work, it was great that I could take one class here, a couple of classes later and still finish on schedule, even with everything happening in life.
When did you first start thinking about doing an MBA?
I knew coming out of my undergraduate degree that I was interested in pursuing a career in education. I also knew that if I wanted to teach in the US I needed an MBA or a PhD. One of my first positions out of university was with a start-up in New York called Birchbox and I was placed on an international team early on. I had the chance to work with our counterparts in France and I absolutely loved the international component of my work. When I took a job with Burger King Corporation I knew that an MBA would propel my success in corporate America so it was a twofold decision. On one hand, I thought ‘at some point I’d like to teach’ and secondly, I wanted to continue to climb in the company that I was in.
How did you find the Kelley-Manchester MBA?
My story is somewhat complex, my husband is in medical school but originally we were going to take a year off and move to Ireland. I applied to and was accepted onto a full-time MBA, which I chose because I really wanted an internationally-focused programme. It was a year-long course and it would have been a great gap year for my husband, but he was unexpectedly accepted to medical school in the United States a few months before we were scheduled to move to Ireland. I knew I needed to find an MBA that still met those needs for me because I was so interested in an international programme, but I also knew I wanted to support him and stay with him. I searched online and the Kelley MBA partnered with Manchester came up. It had a really unique positioning as it was primarily remote but still had the international component which I was really interested in. I have to say, I’m thrilled that Ireland fell through. I can now boast that I have an American MBA when I’m running in circles where that’s more important and I can boast that I have a UK MBA when I’m in those circles.
Did you travel to any of our overseas centres?
I travelled to Manchester and Dubai. We were considering having children and I thought “You know, I’m going to do something that really interests me” and I wanted to go to a place where I knew I would be in the minority. So many times, I was the only American in the room and I found that to be an incredible immersion experience.
How did you find Manchester?
I loved Manchester! In the US we don’t have the history that Manchester has and I loved that the buildings had so much historical context. There was still technology, but you could just tell that there was heritage and character and I so respected that. The new business school was not completed yet so they were in transition mode but I loved the experience in Manchester.
How about Dubai?
Dubai presented a totally different set of challenges - just being one of the only Americans in the building at all times, it was just so unique. I loved the facilities, they were great. Dubai is so interesting, there’s a knowledge park where all of the institutions are grouped together. We just have no concept of that dynamic in the States, everything together in one community. I loved the professors; Malcolm Smith taught Negotiation Skills and just blew me away. The style, in my mind, was so very British and we just didn’t have that style of education in the US so I feel like I got the best of both worlds with every educator.
What were the main differences are between the British and American programme components?
One difference is that in the US you are given a syllabus - a document outlining everything that will happen during every week, during every class. In the UK, I found that educators were more likely to provide the information, the documentation and say “Here’s what we want to achieve in this class - do it.” That was completely different, but I would say one of the biggest benefits of this programme was that we all had to work in both ways. I have found that in corporate America I am often grateful for pursuing a partly British education because I’m given large projects with no detailed direction. I’m essentially told, “Go do it and get it done: find the resources that you need.” So that aspect of the programme definitely helped me.
Was there anything from your time overseas which has changed how you operate professionally?
I would say yes, specifically in Dubai. I didn’t go with anyone and I was really challenged to think in different ways because I didn’t have the crutch of being with my American classmates. There were definitely some comments that made me realise I was not surrounded by what I am familiar with. I appreciated that and I think it helped me in communicating with people. It helped me see that there are definitely certain behaviours that are quintessentially American that aren’t necessarily positive, or negative really, but it’s not the way that everyone thinks, acts and behaves. I’ve implemented that in my daily work because at Burger King Corporation, we are not just dealing with the United States, it’s an international brand so it comes in handy when communicating with different parts of the world.
You’ve changed roles twice since you started the MBA – do you think the programme gave you the confidence to ask for professional opportunities?
Just knowing that I have the letters MBA behind my name gave me the confidence to think “I’m capable, I’m worth it and I’m just going to ask. The worst thing they can say is no.” The beauty of the ask for me has been that every time I’ve asked I’ve been given. There’s an extra ounce of confidence that comes from being more educated. I’ve also benefitted from interacting with lots of different types of people and being given projects that I wouldn’t have been able to dig into had I not had the experience of the MBA.
You mentioned your favourite memory was the connections that you made, do you think you’ll stay in touch with a lot of the people you met during your MBA?
Yes. A lot of my classmates are from different industries and have different perspectives and we all have a group chat that we continue to comment in. I’m also still in touch with some of the teams that were formed in different classes. If the industry is in need of someone that I know of that has the experience, I feel comfortable reaching out. That’s the beauty of doing an MBA with others by your side.
I decided upon this MBA with the aim of perfecting my English language skills, to gain knowledge in finance, to strengthen my I.T. skills and to establish a global network, in order to further my long-term business career.
The benefit of this program offers me two things. First, I can work for my current company as a consultant during this MBA journey. Second, I can deeply discuss and communicate with people with different backgrounds and different industries.
As an M&A expert in Tokyo—I had overseen more than 100 M&A deals, I was hoping to move into cross-border M&A, which would require more international exposure. The Manchester Global MBA did not disappoint. Not only was I given the chance to discuss business-related topics with top professionals in English, it also allowed me to build a solid M&A alliance within Asia. Since embarking on the degree, my career had really flourished—not only had I engaged in more cross-border M&A deals, I am now responsible for expanding my company’s business into other Asian countries. I have even branched off into consultation on strategic management!
Studying for an MBA has always been a dream of mine. The Manchester Global MBA, with its stellar academic reputation and its famed Manchester Method, more than met my expectations. Not only was the programme more flexible than I ever imagined it could be – time, location and duration of study could be arranged according to my needs, it also motivated me to become a better speaker and a more analytical decision-maker. An added bonus was the international aspect of the course – it was always a joy to explore new countries through my studies, while the diversified backgrounds of my classmates allowed for lively cultural exchange.
Career wise, I changed jobs during my studies - I strongly believe that it is only due to my MBA that I obtained the position of Chief Commercial Officer.
William has an engineering and project management background and has worked in Asia Pacific (Japan and Singapore) since 1994. He is currently the general manager of the Japan operations of Moog Inc, an American firm listed on the NYSE (www.moog.com).
Why Manchester Global MBA?
I chose the Manchester Global MBA because of its accreditation, the course structure (engineering stream, interesting subjects), and the method of delivery (distance learning, workshop component, regional centers in HK, Singapore, Shanghai etc). There are not so many MBA course options for people resident in Japan, but the Manchester MBA structure is very flexible and allowed me to balance my studies with busy work and family commitments. I have subsequently recommended the Manchester MBA to my colleagues for these same reasons.
Which module do you like best? Why?
Most modules were interesting but I probably enjoyed the Finance module the most because it was one of my first (higher levels of initial enthusiasm I guess), and the module director was a real character who made the subject compelling and the workshop very interesting. He gave me a passion for Business Finance – which as an engineer I never thought would be possible.
I’ve always wanted to pursue further studies at a U.K. University. Following a relocation from Singapore to HK in 2014, I made up my mind to join the programme.
I was extremely glad I did so. The workshop style of programme delivery and the availability of other centres allowed me to plan my schedule way in advance, while kick-starting many global networking opportunities.
Since joining the programme, my career has reached new heights – I was instrumental in the building of NAB’s research platform in Asia and involved in NAB’s strategy in connecting Australian and New Zealand businesses into Asia. On the academic front, I was shortlisted for The MBA Student of the Year Award by AMBA.
The support from my family, course-mates and the helpful staff from AMBS Hong Kong centre has kept me going – they were the force behind my professional and academic successes.
Back in July 2009, when I first joined the MBA intake, I started off from a technical position as Head of Data Management.
Throughout my studies, the modules gave me the chance to enhance my knowledge in areas outside of my original expertise. The combination of marketing strategy, financial management, operation management and supply chain management, in particular, has given me the fundamental knowledge to propel me towards my next position, as Head of Business Process Management.
As Head of Business Process Management, I was able to design and implement a business process management program across Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) Worldwide, which enabled BMS to become the Asia-Pacific and subsequently the Global Winner of “Gartner 2013 BPM Excellence Award”. (Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.)
Upon graduating, by putting into practice what I learnt from International Business Strategy and Strategic Management, I reached my next position as Head of E-Business – which focuses primarily on the digital transformation of the traditional B2B business model, a model my company has adopted.
Embarking on this academic journey at The University of Manchester is truly a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Throughout this journey, I encountered a diversity of people from different cultures and industries, all experts, in each and every module – enriching not only my personal knowledge, but also widening my horizons no end.
Although I had led several innovative projects in shipping, I was doing so without the benefit of proper training in management principles. With the hope of running my company more smoothly, I enrolled in the Manchester Global MBA. I can confidently say that the programme met my high expectations and exceeded them by a mile.
This degree struck me as deeply practical. Through workshops, I received rigorous training in accounting & finance, in operations, as well as in strategy and research. Another aspect which I appreciated about the programme is how well it caters to individuals on the move. Having relocated to Malaysia during the course of my degree, and with frequent shuttling between Indonesia and Malaysia during my final year, I was nonetheless able to complete all project work on time. This speaks volumes about how flexible this course is.
I have made friends for life through the programme, and I have gained crucial management knowledge, immediately applicable to the workplace. All in all, the MBA has shaped me into being a better manager and leader, for which I am grateful.
With an engineering degree from the University of London and qualified as a UK chartered engineer, I was at a point in my career when I was evolving from an engineer into a senior executive in a highly competitive industry. Getting an MBA was exactly the right move and Manchester Global MBA was my choice.
I jumped at the chance when The University of Manchester began offering an MBA programme in Hong Kong. Manchester Global MBA had always been in my mind. I was pretty excited to learn that they started the programme in Hong Kong. I grabbed a couple of my friends, and the three of us enrolled in the programme.
The Univerisity's connection brings more than prestige and a link to the academic world and other alumni. It’s a chance share real-life examples and experiences, for example with current MBA students. Even after you graduate, it’s always great that you get to update your management thinking and practices and get to hear from gurus from overseas and here in Hong Kong.
Challenging, practical and fun-filled are the words I would use to describe my Manchester Global MBA experience. As a mother of three young kids, the programme’s “study at your own pace” feature was a godsend, enabling me to finish the degree without attending daily or weekly classes.
One thing that has made the learning process so unforgettable for me has been the University’s multicultural offerings and global reach. I would never forget travelling to the Shanghai and the U.K. campuses for workshops, where I encountered strikingly different ways of learning.
Professionally, I am thriving. My MBA degree has been positively-recognised by my senior management and has opened the door to further career opportunities.
My motivations for pursuing an MBA degree were twofold - to enhance my analytical skills, particularly in strategic planning and corporate finance, as well as to fortify myself with stronger theoretical training. To this end, the Manchester Global MBA fully met my expectations - it proved an ideal learning place, offering programmes which are not only practical but also flexible.
From my view, the course assignments and workshops are systematically designed, capturing core concepts in each management discipline. Also, access to the University’s online library allowed me to explore extensive academic resources and go beyond assigned texts.
All in all, my AMBA experience has been invaluable – with my professors’ and classmates’ support, I managed to upgrade my leadership and presentation skills, for which I am grateful.
I started the programme as an expat in Japan, working in operations. I chose Hong Kong as the primary location for attending workshops because I wanted to expand my exposure to Southern China, and to build a network of contacts in a city that I would want to work in the future. I would say that the connections made were the best things about the programme—through workshopping, I managed to build a network across industries. Several classmates even tried to offer me new work opportunities! Moreover, the programme taught me how to speak the language of executives in high-level meetings—something I initially lacked as I came from an engineering background. Now that I’m relocating back to the U.S., I have decided to continue coming to Hong Kong for workshops, as the connections and friendships I’ve built here are truly precious.
Prior to the current role as Manager at Accenture, I spent over 10 years in the technology and management consulting field in a diversity of regions. What attracted me most to the Manchester Global MBA is the freedom it affords – both in terms of scheduling and location.
During the programme, I was mainly based in Japan, but I also got to spend time in Singapore and New York for the projects in my job. Not only was I impressed by the University’s global presence, I also appreciated the flexibility of the programme, which means I can study continuously despite other commitments.
Additionally, studying in an international context has sharpened my language and leadership skills, allowing me to become a more open-minded person and a more fluent communicator.
My goal in pursuing an MBA was simple – to build upon my two decades’ worth of experience in publishing, media, digital communications, investment banks and international law firms through deepening my understanding of strategy and finance, thus taking my career onto the next level.
Manchester Global MBA was a very well-structured programme that allowed me to upgrade and update myself by learning from some of the latest theories and case-studies - knowledge I could immediately apply in the workplace.
Since graduation, I have not only moved forward in my career, but have also been inspired to start an entrepreneurial adventure on the side – something I would never have thought of in the past.
'As an accountant, I have a genuine interest in business. MBA provides a holistic solution, allowing me to understand how different aspects of business fit together to achieve corporate goals. With its high ranking and solid repute, the Manchester Global MBA was the right choice. Not only did it introduce me to a wide-ranging network of business professionals, I believed it would be beneficial in terms of career advancement. The program also afforded me the precious though challenging task of writing a dissertation - I chose the topic "Anti Money-Laundering Controls of Cash Management Business”. Through research and analysis, I gained extensive knowledge about this topic, which has long been a regulatory focus in the banking industry. I never could’ve imagined writing 20,000 words about anything before, and I’m proud of my achievement!'
Charlotte Ho is an alumna of Manchester Global MBA programme. In her current role as a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Charlotte helps to ensure that the audit practices of one of the world’s biggest banks meet regulatory requirements across Asia Pacific. Prior to this, Charlotte was a Director in Legal and Compliance at UBS and has held other roles at global financial institutions including Citi, HSBC and JP Morgan.
Charlotte was awarded the 2015 Young Business Leader Award by CPA Australia, one of the world’s leading accounting bodies, and values her MBA as a significant factor in her success to date.
Charlotte was also a finalist in the Professional Achievement Award category of The Education UK Alumni Awards 2016. Charlotte beat more than 800 high quality applicants representing 110 institutes to reach the finals. Held across ten countries, this award celebrates the benefits of studying at UK universities, and recognizes individuals who demonstrate ‘outstanding achievements which have made a meaningful professional impact upon their communities and countries’.
Knowledge is limitless
Currently the Head of Audit, Greater China and Managing Director of DBS, Ronnie Ip has long worked amongst the upper echelons of international investment banks, where he was put in charge of Asian operations. But he insisted on further studies – in 1999, he graduated from MBS’s MBA program, all the while motivating himself with Paul Arden’s book, It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be, spurring himself onto greater heights.
Ronnie explains that he chose Manchester Global MBA largely because of the school’s ranking and its reputation for stellar teaching. At that time he was often away on business – the flexible approach to lessons, therefore, was perfect for his schedule. ‘The curriculum was very forward-looking, with a slant towards global economics. It inspired me plenty, and also helped me gain much in terms of monetary and financial knowledge. At the same time, students were drawn from corporate levels of many different industries – when we converse, we often come up with different viewpoints, which was very invigorating for the intellect.’
Expanding professional circles, Putting lessons to practical use
Ronnie points out that lessons not only widened his professional circle, but were also great for practical use – they helped enhance his problem-solving skills. In particular, he had the best impression of the modules Organization Behavior and Human Resources Management, which focused on the teaching of soft skills. The reason for this was thus - before Ronnie joined DBS Hong Kong, he had never come into contact with retail banking operations. When he joined seven years ago, he was immediately put in charge of reorganizing and enhancing internal audit structure and efficiency, in order to align with the development of Greater China operations, and in order to raise team efficiency and co-operation. The management skills he gained from the MBA, therefore, came in extremely handy.
At present, Ronnie’s internal audit team is supporting DBS’s 6000-strong team in the Greater China region. ‘As the head of department, the key is to retain and reward talent, thereby developing staff’s greatest potential. In this respect, the MBA program has inspired me no end. Also, when it comes to making operational decisions, it has also proven useful.’ Ronnie believes that learning environments can change a person’s attitude towards attaining success – such was the power of the MBA. At the same time the program has gathered together many executives from different industries - under their influence, all students were inspired to achieve no less than the very best in their career goals. Similarly, in the same spirit DBS is determined to become the best – to succeed as Asia’ No. 1 choice for retail banking.
I choose Manchester Global MBA because of its international exposure, which is one of the requirements of my current employer. The flexible schedule is perfect as I’m in a sales role with frequent domestic and international travels which can conflict with weekly lessons offered by most MBA programmes.
I found this a very international and practical programme—it really helped me in developing all-round business skills and techniques while introducing me to a global network of alumni, which proved so useful in forging new business relationships. In my opinion, ‘Doing Business in China’ was particularly useful as it provided practical perspectives on how to conduct business on the mainland; on the other hand, cultural analysis in MIBS had been instrumental in helping me develop co-ordination and communication plans between mainland Chinese and foreign partners. I also believed that the practical components of the programme could not be overstated. Throughout the programme, the approach to learning was hands-on—there was video recording and playback in NSSS, on-site visits to companies in Shanghai (such as Metro and Volkswagen), as well as the opportunity to develop a marketing plan for a Japanese chocolate-making business. All in all, I am very happy with the Manchester Method and its global take on business learning!
I chose this MBA over many others because of MBS’s reputation—its triple accreditation and its FT ranking, for instance, all pointed towards a stellar degree programme. As I embarked on the degree, I discovered not only core programmes which were highly impressive, but also a global network of friendship that had remained with me to this day. The degree's international slant was definitely a plus—through studying at different centres, including Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.K., I managed to touch upon a diversity of cultural perspectives. Moreover, networking and discussion with students from all corners of the globe provided me with a ‘live’ experience of international business itself. As for the courses, I found them an excellent mix of theory and practice. From case-studies to workshopping, the practical nature of the programme gave me a variety of new and interesting perspectives on management itself, which can be applied to work immediately. But ultimately, it’s the global exchange with fellow students that counts the most—it’s given me friends for life!
Living and working in Japan for many years, I wanted to build on my earlier management consulting background by strengthening my theoretical study in general management. I chose to enroll in the Manchester Global MBA programme because of its excellent reputation and flexibility.
Despite carefully planning a study schedule at the beginning of the course, I started getting very busy with work, coupled with multiple MBA modules coming at the same time. However, the programme is structured in such a flexible way that I could still manage to study at my own pace.
Advanced Strategic Management was my favourite course of the programme. I completed a 3-day workshop in Dubai with a very international team (participants from Asia, Middle East and Europe). The course was case study-based analyzing a large public company, but we were also free in assignment to focus on any aspect of our own company’s strategy as we wished. I really enjoyed this dual focus.
Back to my work, I have applied the strategic thinking skills I learned on the programme in the workplace and in my decision process. Each year, I lead the company in its strategic planning process, applying thinking from the MBA. With the progressive growth of the company, we now need a much more sophisticated approach to planning than previously, so the knowledge I have garnered from the programme is serving me very well, indeed.
Graduating with Distinction, I believes the key to my academic success is consistency and staying motivated throughout the programme of study.
Choosing the Manchester Global MBA was a no-brainer for me – strong program flexibility, top ranking, global presence and a strong alumni network all combine towards a perfect degree. Armed with this qualification, I successfully transitioned from a career in engineering to a managerial role in sales; nowadays, I’ve even boldly embarked on my own business venture. This program was a great mix of theory and practical knowledge—I was particularly impressed with the Negotiation Skill module, which proved extremely helpful in terms of understanding partners and customers when involved in real-life business situations. I was also a beneficiary of the DBIC (Doing business in China) elective, which gave me precious analytical skills when it comes to business planning in a China context. Ultimately, the programme was a driving force when it comes to achieving career advancement – from an ordinary engineer, I have come a long way to becoming the architect of my own company!
The program is a great experience for me. It allowed me to interact with people from different walks of life and create networking and learning opportunities which are beneficial for my career. I am so delighted to meet them often in various student or alumni activities even after many years I have graduated. The seminars have finished but my learnings are continuing.
I was impressed with the diverse backgrounds of students and highly appreciated the flexibility and teaching quality of the Manchester Global MBA. I had difficulty in taking the scheduled exam as I had to go on a business trip, but the School obligingly rearranged for me another exam venue in Paris, where they don’t even have a centre.
Unlike undergraduate studies, this MBA program encourages self-learning instead of spoonfeeding students. The dynamic workshops facilitate more interaction with professors and other students, and help me better grasp the knowledge and broaden my interpersonal network.
I have learnt many useful negotiation skills that are essential to my work, and I have revisited business theories for real-life applications. This MBA programme has equipped me for my career development for life.
I am a strong believer in life-long learning as it enhances and updates one’s academic and professional knowledge. I have already amassed a number of professional qualifications, so a reputable MBA is a natural extension in terms of complementing my management skills.
The banking industry nowadays is highly competitive and demanding. The MBA programme has equipped me with practical tools to develop talents, drive strategies, deliver outcomes and deal with challenges. It is a valuable asset for anyone concerned with career planning.
Unlike some quick-fix degrees, the programme comprises a well-developed curriculum based on a genuine knowledge infusion philosophy, and is truly global and unbeatable in its coverage due to the provision of subsidized study at other centres and supervised hands-on research and projects.
Networking with fellow students because of the diversity in culture and values was priceless. The diversified network derived from class-attendance in various centres, such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Manchester, facilitates a better understanding of cross-continental cultures and stimulates our thinking.
And in terms of time management, time is to be managed by leaders. Determination and perseverance is paramount in prioritizing ambitions among reality. Due to the hectic travel with ample time waiting at airport and inside the plane, reading of study materials and articulation of thoughts becomes good pastimes. As a working mother, it is, of course, difficult to strike a balance between work, study and family. However, having a supportive family and domestic helper alleviates the burden, and gives me room to pursue my passion.
With careful advance planning and online academic support, the MBA programme, to me, is a bliss.
Having established my own multi-million dollar business following a merger and acquisition, I grew my consultation practice from purely pharmaceutical work to include the financial and business aspects of healthcare. Realising that more knowledge of business was needed to work with my clients, I applied for our MBA and had never looked back.
As a Japan-based student, I found the course an invigorating cultural and academic experience. Not only was it a highly practical programme—business case studies contained components that could be extracted and used immediately, the course was also a good global mix of students—a network of colleagues gained from around the world with different knowledge and experiences.
In my 10 years of working experience, I have always thought that being a specialist was good enough for my portfolio. However, I realized in recent years that there is a growing need to be more of a “generalist”, should I wish to advance my career to the management level in any company. With that new-found belief in mind, I thought to pursue an MBA, as I believed that it would be very useful in helping me achieve my next goal in life – which was to climb to a managerial level.
Due to my tight working schedule, one of the main deciding factors in selecting the right MBA for me was flexibility – which the Kelley-Manchester MBA clearly provided. Other key criteria for me were the school’s reputation and the global perspectives & network it could provide me. Having an international network and global business acumen was important for me, because we are living in a highly globalized world, with plenty of opportunities to work in multi-national companies, with multi-cultural colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
The Kelley-Manchester Global MBA fit these requirements for me perfectly, and I am happy that I get to experience the best of US and UK business education. I am also happy to say that I will graduate with 2 MBA degrees from 2 of US and UK’s most notable business schools.
With 8 global workshop locations, I am excited about being able to connect with classmates and peers from all over the world and across varying industries. Other than that, I am also impressed by the highly-qualified faculty from both Alliance Manchester Business School and Kelley School of Business.
So far, I’ve had the chance to visit Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana for orientation and residential workshops. The experience I had while I was there was nothing short of outstanding. I’ve learnt a lot from the classmates I met there, and have since forged close relationships with them.
I have since applied to attend workshops in Manchester next semester, and am very excited to be meeting new people from all over the world to add on to my growing Kelley-Manchester network!
I appreciate the alumni network and the programmes’ deep links to Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region.
My career really took off in bold new directions precisely because of this programme: I was introduced to my current role as the associate director in the department of Global Media Investment at Huawei by a very smart MBA classmate!
Not only were my classmates astute and professional, they brought me new cultural experience. When I attended my International Business Strategy workshop, I had a team consisting of classmates from Oman, Abu Dhabi and the UAE – cultures I never worked with before.
Despite the tight working schedule and challenging studies, I succeeded to graduate with flying colours at the same time as welcoming a newborn member to my family. Managing a demanding work schedule while studying was extremely challenging, in particular with a small baby at home – setting the right priorities was essential to succeed as well as following strict time management. A stringent discipline helped me to stay on course as well as a good team that made the time enjoyable. Envisioning the end goal of graduating was vital to keep myself motivated throughout the MBA studies.
I’ve been in Asia for about three years now. I chose to study MBA with Manchester Business School because it has a flexible way to study. I travelled extensively in my role and I never stay in one location too often. The integrated approach of Manchester Business School allowed me to study in my own time, but also offering online lectures as well as workshops in various locations fitted in well with my travel plans.
I decided to undertake an MBA programme to strengthen my understanding in technical areas. Since this was my own choice to study what I liked and what I preferred, it gave me a sense of ‘genuine learning’.
The global branding and prestige in the business world, the flexible course structure and study mode of Manchester Business School appealed to me much. MBS MBA programme was an effective learning path. The knowledge and qualification I acquired provided me with a core foundation to deal with day-to-day challenges and job requirements. For instance, I found one quantitative analysis subject very applicable to the real business world. I even applied those qualitative methods to assess the risks and mark controls of respective tasks, which helped to deliver work in a timely fashion with desired results.
How to balance work, study and family is one of the prerequisites for MBA students. However, time conflict often the biggest challenge. My approach was to prioritise work to maximize the desired outcomes. Studying in groups was one of the keys to maximise the effectiveness under limited time.
Working closely with classmates and professors in the workshops was the most unforgettable experience to me. Such interactions stimulated a lot of thoughts, and the network built along the study has become a valuable derivative that offers lifelong returns. I still keep in touch with my classmates and professors.
Since many of us come from similar background, hence our paths are likely to cross on some business occasions. It provides us with a common language that facilitates our communication and sharing of market intelligence.
The programme has strengthened my management skills and helped my career advancement. I’ve used my previous company as a case study in my final project and was asked to present to the senior management. My final project has helped the company go through changes and I’ve got promotion during my study.
Did you change roles during or after studying the MBA?
I worked for a multinational company called IWG, formerly known as Regus. I’ve been with that company for six years and during my MBA, I was promoted from Regional Development Manager to Development Director covering the whole of China.
Why did you choose the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA?
Initially, I was interested in studying the Manchester Global Part-time MBA, as a lot of my friends had studied the programme. I attended an information session at the Shanghai Centre and heard about the joint programme with Kelley School of Business in the USA. I compared the two and decided to go for the joint MBA. I already had an MSc from The University of Glasgow, so I was no stranger to the UK education system and the joint MBA offered the additional benefit of giving me a US perspective.
What impact is your MBA having on your current role?
Overall, the MBA has made me a more rounded professional. Studying courses relating to different functions of an organisation, such as accounting and finance, has allowed me to appreciate other perspectives. I now understand their challenges and how they think, which makes me more effective in my role.
It was interesting to experience the US style of teaching. In the UK, there is greater emphasis on using essays and assignments as a means of assessment and the thinking is higher level and more academic. The Kelley courses required less reading and essay writing and there was a wider variety of assessment methods, such as building financial models and presentations. There was a good balance overall.
Did you study at any overseas centres?
I was lucky to travel to four different study locations during my MBA. I am based in China so I applied through the Shanghai Centre but chose to study all my courses overseas. I attended induction in Indiana and attended workshops in Singapore, Washington and Manchester. The Public Policy elective in Washington campus was excellent; lots of industry experts came to share their practical experience and I would strongly recommend it. Overall, I think I enjoyed going to Manchester the most as it is the ‘home’ campus for the Manchester MBA.
Which courses did you enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed Venture Capital and Private Equity and I use a lot of the knowledge and tools from Financial Management in my current role. Entrepreneurship and Innovation was also really good as I plan to start my own business in the future. I’d thought about this already and the MBA really strengthened my intentions.
What advice would you offer someone about to start their MBA journey?
The MBA is a big commitment in terms of cost, time and the impact on your social and work life. If you are debating whether to go for a joint MBA, go for the latter. Even though it’s more expensive, you will benefit from greater diversity and balance and a wider network. You get the best of both worlds and exposure to two top universities.
What are your favourite memories of the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA?
My favourite memories have to be studying overseas and the late nights ‘burning the midnight oil’ to meet deadlines with my classmates.
I was confident that this degree would push my career onto greater heights. Today, I have risen through the ranks to become HR Director at a retail firm, having previously worked as a business development manager at an executive search firm.
I appreciated how practical the degree was, with lessons always based on the latest developments in the business world, Ultimately, it helped to sharpen my strategic thinking skills.
One thing that I particularly relished was the challenge of studying in English – I did a lot of e-reading while commuting. And of course, I am grateful for a newly-acquired network of global connections, courtesy of the many international workshops I attended!
I went for an MBA for multiple reasons, chiefly to network on a global scale and to further my career possibilities. Manchester Global MBA appealed to me primarily because it has attained three accreditation, a rarity amongst business schools, and because regional centers allow for a truly global program. What I really loved about the degree is the high level of cultural diversity—I studied at all international centers except Miami and Sao Paulo, and I had great experiences as to how individual centers such as Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Dubai and Manchester approached education, teamwork and collaboration. Overall, it’s a highly practical degree—I found the ‘Manchester Method’ of fact-based analysis coming in extremely handy when I’m trying to take the lead on a subject within my company. Perhaps the most valuable lesson I took away from my experience at MBS is this: the sky's the limit when it comes to your own personal development, whether as a manager or as an entrepreneur!
I trained initially as an engineer but soon transitioned into management and sales; however, with fast paced competitive work environment I felt the need to brush up on the fundamentals of the business and management skills. In order to do well and make advancements in my career towards executive management, I was therefore keen to pursue an MBA.
Manchester Global MBA provided the perfect opportunity with its global and prestigious programme, flexible study schedule and Business study from a European perspective.
The programme benefited me both in terms of network expansion and acquisition of practical business skills. There were plenty of occasions where I applied what I learned from the University directly to my work place – e.g., making business plans for new product market launches and form strategies to counter competition. Ultimately, the most precious lesson I took away from my Global MBA experience is it enables me to think more thoroughly and holistically and leap beyond the confines of the box!
By choosing an MBA programme, I was able to develop a solid knowledge base for financial issues and financial markets. This enables me now to effectively promote my company's financial products and services. In my current work, I am more than able to speak the same financial language as my clients and I no longer feel alien in my discussions with them.
The diversity - I wanted to expand my scope of thinking from other industry perspectives. The biggest reward is the opportunity to work with fellow students from different cultures and backgrounds on the MBA programme. It is common to work with a group of project managers, engineers, accountants, marketing professionals and IT system analysts in the workshop environment.
The Manchester Global MBA has a demand for high quality, persistence and self-discipline. It is definitely not an easy programme but requires a lot of hard work balancing study, work and family. However, the satisfaction and learning experience is phenomenal. If you are looking for an easy free-riding MBA, then the Manchester Global MBA is definitely not for you - but if you are looking for life-enriching experience with superb networking opportunities with students from all over the world, then definitely join the Manchester Global MBA. It's one thing I would never regret doing in my life.
For Kyle Winchester, a current student on the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA, flexibility was key. With a senior international role at multinational company Ingersoll Rand and three children under six, the program needed to fit both his personal and professional life.
A Professional MBA demonstrates your bandwidth
This flexible structure of the Alliance Manchester Business School MBA program was not only useful in facilitating Kyle’s learning—he says that the program’s blended format in itself prepares candidates to stand out from the crowd in job applications.
“Demonstrating you have the bandwidth to perform in a demanding job, whilst studying a challenging MBA curriculum and balancing this all with family life highlights how impressive you are as a candidate,” he explains.
Kyle keeps a disciplined schedule in place to ensure a healthy work-life balance: between 8-to-10pm Monday to Thursday and 1-to-4pm at weekends is when he studies.
“Without this structure I’d miss key aspects of my kids’ life, whether it’s sports games or just reading them a bedtime story,” he says, “And I wouldn’t have time to maintain a strong relationship with my wife.”
In today’s digitalized, global work environment, Kyle says that the skills that students pick up by having to apply themselves in group settings virtually is pivotal.
“Tech can augment in-person interactions very well through video chats, so body language and facial expressions are still crucial,” he affirms.
Networking on international learning trips
While the online courses deliver key digital skills, the program’s in-person elements nurture other skillsets.
When the program launched, the whole cohort travelled to the Kelley campus in Indiana to experience introductory workshops and classes.
Kyle’s class recently returned from a trip to Manchester, and he cites his favorite experience of the MBA so far as a three-day trip to Singapore where he worked in a group to develop and apply a business model to an Asian company.
From the strategic pricing module taught by the Kelley, Kyle says he could directly apply what he was learning on the course in his job back home.
“The passion that Professor of Marketing Rockney Walters brought to the class has really stuck with me,” Kyle recalls. “Outside of coursework, I’ve reached out to him and his insight has benefited business decisions I’ve made in my job.”
In many ways, the MBS Global MBA was a godsend to me. Despite having graduated for many years, I feel that I am still reaping its benefits. Not only did it raise my performance levels at work while catapulting me to the management level, it also allowed me to come into contact with the crème de la crème of the business world, all from a diversity of cultural backgrounds Moreover, I found the programme, with its multiple workshop locations, very accommodating of my busy schedule back then, which included frequent travel and taking care of two young kids. Ultimately, though, it was the contents of the lesson that made the experience memorable for me. It allowed me to turn from a professional into top management material!
Patrick Pun, famed stock market analyst and currently Chief Investment Officer at Astrum Capital, shared with readers his thoughts on picking the right MBA for self-enhancement. In Patrick’s eyes, it is the University of Manchester’s long, rich history and strong research capabilities that sets its MBA apart from others in town. Like many financial elites in the region, Patrick is attracted by the programme’s illustrious place on the rankings table as well as its free and flexible workshopping schedule, which allows students to choose from over 6 global metropolises for study. Having gone into the programme in order to sharpen his already-strong business acumen, Patrick believes that the programme stimulated him no end intellectually, giving him not only further tools towards everyday management, but also allowing him to make better financial predictions. He said: ‘When a programme enters the “Hall of Fame”, one knows that there must be a reason for that. MBS’s Global MBA can be compared to blue chips on the stock market—because of its solid inherent qualities, it’s a no-brainer to opt for it when investing in self-enhancement.’
The Manchester Global MBA was a perfect fit for me in terms of learning style, flexibility and focus – combining a strong theoretical base with ample case-studies, it was instrumental in helping me realise my career goals. In particular, it boosted my confidence in pursuing my entrepreneurial vision; ultimately, I was able to successfully pitch my ideas to top management, and out of my vision a new business unit was born.
One of my best experiences regarding the degree was undoubtedly the study trip to Manchester, through which I gained precious insight into collaborating with people from a diversity of backgrounds. In fact, through this trip, I grew to become an expert at organising post-workshop events!
Finally, thank you for the unstinting support of my cohort – collectively, they have made my MBA journey one of joy and success.
There are several reasons for choosing Global MBA. Firstly, this is a global programme. Professors come from main campus at UK to deliver trainings to students in the programme, they bring the global experience and vision to the students. Secondly, students with different nationalities join the programme, e.g. Korean, Japanese, American, European etc. This provides a great opportunity for students to exchange ideas from both the cultural and intellectual perspectives. Finally, the programme is flexible, this helps me to complete the programme in my busy work schedule.
As a lawyer, I may be more focused on the legal perspective. However, this programme has broadened my vision and thinking through the trainings in various management skills, such as in corporate finance, marketing, strategic management, etc.
Furthermore, students are encouraged to think out of the box, which helped me to excel my skill to provide legal advice in a holistic approach, by giving strategic and practical advice.
The programme allowed me to visit other centres to study and I went together with my wife Lisa, who is also a fellow student, to Dubai. The students were of a high standard and it was good to hear other perspectives, especially from students in the other stream, Construction Management, and we were mixed with students of different backgrounds. I liked the workshop-based format and I could put what was studied to practice immediately.
How has the MBA helped you develop your network?
I travelled around the globe attending workshops and met a lot of people. Because of that, I was suddenly invited to join a group of people for the final project. Turns out, I knew some of them in some of the workshops already.
So MBA helped me meet a bunch of people, who are interested in improving themselves, starting up businesses, and most of us are hungry for success - these are the common interests we shared which may lead to something in the future.
Why should a prospective MBA student consider MBA?
Doing part-time MBA while having a full-time job is never easy. It was tough but fun. I believe it is one of the most fruitful 2-year in my life.
You can find a lot of MBA programmes, which only require you to attend classroom lessons in weekends, yet very low load of efforts required. I know some of my friends can choose not to do any assignment but still got passed. However, is it what you really want?
I chose Manchester Global MBA because I wanted to get something out of the intensive yet professional courses they provide. Amount of workload (assignments, workshops, exams) was reasonable, though not easy. You will make friends in workshops and group projects that make you feel that you are not alone. At the end of the day, I had so much fun. If you want to learn something, you have to invest your time and effort on. There is no shortcut. Pain and gain.
Why did you choose to do an MBA?
I came from an Organic Chemistry background into the commercial side of pharmaceuticals. I wanted to add formal learning to the business skills I had acquired. I am also ambitious so I saw an MBA as a way to differentiate myself and advance my career. Finally, the chance to develop a strong network of like-minded business people was an attraction.
How have the programme's international aspects benefitted you so far?
I like the flexibility the programme gives me - I am not bound geographically to the UK. If I receive a new position in another country, I can continue my studies.
Have you applied the skills you have learned on the programme in the workplace?
Yes! I have started presenting my investment proposals to management with net present value and debated with the finance director what our weighted average cost of capital is. I have developed a broader understanding of various business functions and learnt to speak their "language".
With a high-flying career in global finance, Stella Ngan worked as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs before switching to her current position at another investment bank.
‘Highly recommended by an ex-colleague, the Manchester Global MBA was a perfect fit for my busy schedule. With its flexible, workshop-based approach, I was impressed by how professors would be flown in from the U.K. at specified dates, giving students ample time to plan their schedule and to prepare for lessons. The MBA proved impressive in other ways – although it was occasionally hard work, I enjoyed the programme, and in particular the diverse mix of students it brings.’
‘I come from an accountancy background, and every time I discussed things with friends and students from the business, engineering and other sectors, things would get invigorating and interesting. At the end of the day, everyone benefits from the diversity of voices – we fill in each other’s gaps and enrich each other’s knowledge with our own areas of expertise.’
‘I believe that the degree is tailor-made for professionals in managerial positions, in particular helping them think outside the box in a strategic way when it comes to strategic challenges.
On a lighter note, Stella was the committee of MBS Alumni Association China, and actively participated various activities, running the gamut from seminars, annual dinners to wine-tasting events.
Why did you choose to do an MBA?
By the time I was applying for MBA, I had almost acquired my chartership as an engineer and therefore I was looking for a new milestone to be reached. I aspired to be a generalist more than a specialist, so I was hoping to seek more management and commercial learning experience in order to take the next steps in my career.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I have had the learning experience I set out to gain in business and commercial terms, and I have made friends in all industries from all around the world.
How has the MBA helped you develop your network?
The Global MBA is truly a platform that opens you up to a network of like-minded professionals; however its effectiveness will all be down to how devoted you are. To me, it is a tremendous opportunity to meet some great friends.
Have you studied any modules at an international centre and how has his added to your experience?
I have been to the Dubai, Shanghai and Manchester centres and I think the experience gained is amazing. The students’ diverse mix of industries and positions has actually contributed a lot to my experience.
Prior to his MBA degree, Henry Mok’s career as a qualified accountant was considered very successful. Starting as an audit trainee at Price Waterhouse (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1985, Henry worked his way up the corporate ladder, and by 1992, he was already a financial controller of a publicly listed group. As he was involved in corporate finance, merger and acquisition activities, he knew a general MBA degree from local universities was not something that could help him propel his career to the next level, but instead, an MBA degree from Manchester Business School specialized in banking and finance was exactly what he needed as a global perspective was important not only to him personally, but also to the line of work he was involved in. Henry said, “The simulations, projects and face-to-face sharing inherent in the Manchester method totally changed my working life. With my MBA, I now command a remuneration package 3 times greater than before.”
May Cui went for an MBA primarily to elevate her skill-set, and in order to deal with rapid company growth.
'Manchester Global MBA was perfect - It was global, it was highly-ranked, it opened me up to a wide network of diverse students, and its part-time nature allowed me to juggle between work, study and personal life. Due to the programme’s practical approach, which encourages direct application to the workplace, my career has continued to blossom since embarking on my studies, allowing me to make better decisions when it comes to overall company strategy.'
I chose the Manchester Global MBA because of several reasons. Firstly, it has a long and well-respected history amongst business schools in the world, as well as an enviable alumni profile. Secondly, I am attracted to its flexible, workshop-based approach to learning. The degree has benefited me no end, in my opinion.
The courses by themselves are excellent – wide-reaching and well-structured, and the faculty impeccable. I especially relished the practical aspect of the degree – it helped me in exploring and finding business solutions within the workplace. At the same time, it gave me access to a great network of fellow students and alumni.
Personally, my career aspirations as changed since embarking on the MBA: having learnt so much about other industries from the degree, I plan to switch fields at some point in the future.
I have learnt so many valuable lessons about company finances and management from the program and have also come away with the lesson that no decision is a wrong decision. Ultimately, each and every decision has its own consequences and positive aspects.
I chose Manchester Global MBA since its flexibility of module that enable for busy people like me to manage both academy and current work.
Of course, the fact that Manchester Business School is globally renowned business school is another reason why I chose this school.
I could learn the on-going reality of international business through case study and workshops. Workshop will help me capture these ideas not only from lecturer but also colleagues through discussion on case studies.
In addition, students are allowed to join workshop in the different locations which enable to learn local culture and business in a great deal. In this case, I could figure out which countries are more suitable to go as a first step of internationalize my business, what is the ideal mode of entry, and so on.
Colleagues at MBS is such a precious network for me. We help each other not only achieve academic performance but also real business. My colleagues introduced me potential customers and business partners so far.
I could apply useful theories and flame works to my current business. As a CEO, I have to take care of all of aspect of the business such as building and executing strategies, financing, accounting, human resource management, and so on. According to skills I could gain from MBA, they are not only about coping current situations I face but also they help understand and prepare what is going to happen in the future.
I never considered any other MBA programme, Manchester Global MBA was my only choice because of the programme’s accreditation, flexibility and reputation.
Ever since I started my MBA, I realised that the theories combined with practical business cases and practices had helped me a lot in my daily decisions and presentations. Manchester method and "Learning by Doing" is truly a positive impact on my career.
Proud of my experience and exposure gained from my career, I had never expected I would benefit that much from the programme. The programme changed my thinking process and taught me to apply the academic theories and applications to my day-to-day work. It works for both business-related and people-related issues. My work has never been as smooth as now as before!
I also praise the global facing programme and the connection it brought. There is no doubt that the programme expanded my international network on a large scale. Apart from making friends, we also share market intelligence, business insights and values that are so important to everyone in the business world.
Bernard Wu was a seasoned accountant in 1997 when he decided to pursue an MBA to shift his career into higher gear as a financial professional. Having worked for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a Big Four accountancy firm, Bernard had gone on to middle management positions in the finance and treasury departments of several listed companies in Hong Kong. After his MBA, he became a corporate financier who advises major companies on acquisitions and divestments as head of corporate finance at the major Taiwan-based securities house.
Today, he’s the Managing Director of Private Equity, Agricultural Bank of China - ABCI Investment Management. He is also the President, The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong and the Chairman, ACCA Hong Kong. “Apart from the programme itself, the most important benefit is having a network of classmates and other MBS alumni. This is the most important asset I gained from my MBA,” Bernard said. “It’s been very important for me to have relationships I wouldn’t have had through normal business contacts or socialising. When I recently attended an MBS function, I met nearly 200 graduates. It was a great opportunity to meet alumni and students in other regions and extend my contacts and network in a very natural way.”
World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Class of 2013
Jennifer Zhu Scott graduated from Manchester Business School in 2011, while she runs Business Development and Strategy in Asia Pacific at Thomson Reuters, and taking care of her two young children at the same time. She has also been selected as one of the 199 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders for 2013, from several thousand outstanding nominees around the world, for her professional accomplishments and commitment to society. A strong feature of the Global MBA is how it builds your ability and gives you confidence lead conversations about business with senior colleagues. The course gives you the knowledge and perspective while also offering the opportunity to put it in to practice in real business situations. “It trains you to run your life efficiently and in particular be tight on time management – essential when balancing a demanding career, young family and MBA. It has been an interesting transformation, as now I try to evaluate and prioritize more thoughtfully with everything I do in life .”
What was your career history before the Global MBA?
Our company is own family owned small enterprise which is established by my grandfather 60 years ago. I am in charge for Sales director as 3rd generation of the company. I started IT industry and in charged for 5 years IT industry. And, move to current company which is industrial component trading firm 10 years ago.
Why did you choose to do an MBA?
Our company has long tradition and stable business basis but global economy is difficult to foresee and past experience is not guaranteed to apply for future. I wanted to study systematic business methodology to make my decision foundation.
What was your biggest achievement on the programme?
Workshop was so much exciting for practical knowledge and skill establishment. This international experience is precious asset for me. Each venue has different cultural context which enables my internationalization.
How has the MBA helped you develop your network?
My business segment is niche market so our network was limited. MBS has many industries and I found many experiences are inter-exchangable which can lead general answer to resolve daily issues.
How has your career developed since the Global MBA and how did the programme contribute to this?
The largest advantage of Global MBA is we can apply studying knowledge immediately on current ongoing business so we can study on live. Many assignments are about analyzing & reflecting current business how we can apply theoretical frameworks and dilemmas. Our studying is not theoretical on-desk study but also empirically study using on real case.
MBA students all have a very busy schedule, with work, school and family commitments. One of the things that really helped me was being able to combine study with my job. I used a lot of material from my job in my MBA program, which benefited both work and study.
Studying real and relevant cases was the big benefit of the MBS programme and helped me to build my knowledge quickly, but the real value goes beyond the course and has lifelong value, and that’s making friends and being part of an alumni network.
I was satisfied with the course from the outset. In particular, the diversity of fellow MBA colleagues has brought me significant benefits; the invaluable mix of talents, from heads of world class companies to those working within SME’s has really broadened my horizons. The structure of the course is a big advantage, as it enables you to work to your strengths which complemented my previous education and was specific to my business sector. The mix of team and individual projects offers a great chance to work with others as well as develop your own style. I really believe that studying for an MBA at Manchester Business School equips business professionals with the tools and confidence they need to become business leaders. This is a development I have experienced personally and have seen in MBA colleagues as well.
On the MBA course, I wanted to be able to interact with my classmates and lecturers, to gain the widest variety of knowledge and insight possible. This was one of the major reasons I chose this programme; it had the best, and most diverse, network of students, who came from all over the world to study there.
As expected, my classmates all came from a wide array of industries, which made for an eye-opening and enriching experience. For me, the strategic management module was one of the highlights of the course which became an integral learning for my current role now; it taught me to look ahead and plan for all eventualities – a mindset which previously I did not utilise
The confidence I gained during the MBA was one thing I wasn’t expecting. It gave me the confidence I was lacking in my role to present to colleagues in top management positions. My overall approach to business has also improved; I now explore all perspectives, including financial and operational, when making decisions, which has given me much more of a professional edge.
Why did you choose to do an MBA?
I have always valued education. Being a professional from the Maritime Industry I wanted to enhance my skills and diversify my competence to align better with the present world economic situation which has been very turbulent and dynamic in the recent past. I wanted to do something of my own and step outside my comfort zone and I felt I definitely need the MBA to change my mindset and move forward.
What did you enjoy most about your MBA experience with us?
I have liked quite a few areas of the Manchester Global MBA. The alumni network is very lively and active which I personally found very beneficial for networking and interacting with people from all sorts of industries. I enjoyed most of the modules and they were simply unforgettable. These modules were conducted with so much of practical approach where every student got his hands on involvement. The practical approach was just perfect for the purpose of understanding the business models and implementing in the real world. The workshop facilitators were very supportive and I even enjoyed the privilege of having a professional coach to assist with our career developments and progression.
Has your career benefited from doing an MBA with us? If so, how?
I personally benefited a lot from this programme in terms of skills and knowledge acquired. The Manchester Global MBA gave me the mental strength to take on the new challenges. It really helped me plan strategies for a few companies which offered me management jobs even while I was still undergoing the MBA programme. I choose a somewhat entrepreneurial route by opening Garrets International office in early 2013. Its been 5 years and Garrets today is established as one of the large maritime catering companies well known in the far east which previously had no presence in the eastern world.
Why did you choose to do your MBA with The University of Manchester?
The MBA qualification is becoming more and more commoditised and offered by numerous institutions. As such, the decision to pursue an MBA at a quality business school is becoming more prudent. The University of Manchester is world-renowned institutions as demonstrated by their research output, faculty and staff, facilities and networks.
In a globalised economy, we are now forced to work within organisations and environments outside of our comfort zone. This exposes us to diverse individuals and business practices. The Global MBA is a collection of accomplished practitioners across various sectors and geographies. The Manchester Method is a distinguishing factor from other MBA programmes. The Method allowed me to work in multinational groups and settings, solve real world business problems and reflect critically on current business practices and management challenges.
What did you enjoy most about your MBA experience with us?
The global experiences, network and learning. Business is no longer restricted to borders which means learning must be transnational. I have made enduring professional and academic connections on 5 continents! These individuals are readily available to discuss management/business issues or just have a conversation via email, phone or text. Professors such as Dr. Paul Evans have been incredible mentors and teachers, even after the completion of the course. These are friendships which will last for years to come.
How has your career benefited since embarking on the Manchester Global MBA?
I have recently accepted the role as Director of Business Development and Operations for the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. The Manchester Global MBA, coupled with my commercial experience, has adequately prepared me to embark on this challenge. The last two years has been incredibly challenging. Managing an academically rigorous MBA, along with work and family commitments, is a character building exercise. Once completed, however, you feel prepared to take on the world.
Academically, each course could be applied professionally. The B2B Marketing elective is a perfect example of this. After the workshop in Manchester, Dr. Judy Zolkiewski, one of Europe’s great marketing professors, assisted to conduct a portfolio analysis of my current clients. I was able to take this back to my team and apply immediately.
Why did you choose to do an MBA?
I was the youngest employee in my company selected to be based outside of my home country of Japan, to manage the business with almost 50 people under me, from across 10 different departments.
Although I was given this opportunity at work, I felt that I had reached a plateau in terms of people and business management and so I decided to pursue an MBA. A further motivation to take on an MBA was because I was looking for a career change in Consultancy and wanted to become a better advisor.
Describe your MBA experience with us.
My MBA journey was definitely a memorable one. When I first started the programme, I found out that I was pregnant. However, I knew that this wouldn’t be an issue as this MBA was flexible enough to allow me to plan my MBA studies and classes to fit around my personal life, commitments and work schedules. The blended learning approach was extremely beneficial to me throughout my pregnancy as I was able to keep up the pace with online tutorials, lectures and bulletin board discussions.
During my MBA, I had the opportunity to travel to Manchester for several residential workshop and I must say that I loved my time there as I was exposed to people whom I would have never been able to meet in Japan and Singapore.
All in all, I was able to meet many wonderful people throughout my MBA journey that have helped me through not one, but two pregnancies during the course of the programme, and am very thankful for their support in being part of this great achievement.
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA with The University of Manchester?
I wanted to challenge myself further and get myself out of my comfort zone. Both my bachelor’s degree and professional qualifications have been in accounting and I thought that an MBA would be a right fit for my profile and I also wanted to enhance my knowledge and skills further.
What was your Manchester Global MBA experience like and what did you like best about the programme?
The diversity of the students was a key element. Students came from all across the world and are driven and share similar career advancement goals. The workshops have also been very diverse and interesting with a mix of professors that travel across the 6 centres to deliver consistent and high standards of teaching. In addition, I also got the chance to attend workshops in 3 different countries during my studies – São Paulo, Dubai and Singapore, and enjoyed all of them.
How do you find the workshops that you have attended? Have they been useful towards your daily life and your job?
The workshops I attended were extremely relatable to my daily work and perhaps my personal life as well. There were not as many theoretical aspects as what I had expected, instead they were very practical and applicable.
After I embarked on Global Manchester MBA, I was promoted to partner in a large law firm as well as appointed as Vice-Chairman of an inaugural Residents’ Committee overseeing over 1800 households. It was a remarkable challenge to manage a young family, heavy work schedule, intense grassroots commitments alongside rigorous studies. Thankfully, the programme schedule gave sufficient time to absorb each interesting module alongside working with very knowledgeable peers with in-depth domain expertise. My experience during the MBA taught me how to learn, unlearn and relearn new skills and knowledge which helps in tackling the various complex challenges thrown up by the volatile economy. In my view, the programme has helped me become a more valuable corporate advisor as I can now better understand and advise on various business perspectives and legal issues.
When Covid-19 swept the world, I was worried about how the programme would continue to be delivered. The University provided a perfect solution, the virtual workshop ‘in centre’ experience. I would like to share some experiences, as the virtual workshop ‘in centre’ was fantastic and beyond my expectations.
Virtual workshop is definitely the best and most efficient way to complete my MBA studying during this special period forced by COVID-19. Generally, the workshop schedule was arranged in good order. The University not only considers the limits of online learning we may face, but also fully cares for our convivence based on living in different time zones. In fact, attending virtual workshop even pushes myself on time management and study constantly with completing preparation before the workshop. The group internal communications are even closer than we were in face-to-face workshops, and group discussing was running as efficiently as possible.
I shared a way used most frequently to promote a new Apps by domestic internet companies with overseas students in EIM Virtual WS. They are quite interested in what I shared, and I am very happy for my ideas and sharing could be conducted in the other side of the world. The virtual workshop and online learning provided a brilliant experience as it did not impact my studying experience on communicating with other Global MBA students from overseas centres at all.
Since finishing the MBA, I have transitioned full-time to a private-equity real estate fund that I co-founded with another Kelley-Manchester alumnus. As an American, this was my first exposure to British-style education and I found it to be very helpful as it was more focused on critical thinking and building defending arguments. The Manchester Method was particularly helpful as I transitioned to my entrepreneurial pursuits, because ‘learning by doing’ is precisely what being an entrepreneur is about. It fosters confidence in oneself and teaches us not to be afraid to make mistakes.
I am trained in food science and technologies. As my company grew, I knew I would be able to add more value if I understood more about the business aspects. The MBA changed my life and allowed me to be exposed to so much more. It equipped me with the right tools to understand the decisions being discussed. It opened the doors to taking on greater responsibility at work, and it gave me a greater appreciation of what a business needs to survive and grow in difficult times.
Ever since going to the Bloomington Campus for orientation, I really see the value of getting an MBA. Sometimes you become so specialised in your work that it’s refreshing to take a step back; to listen and learn from the professors and peers about those other levers that drive a business. Lastly, it’s not about the degree, it’s about the journey; those workshops and group projects that we do together as a team from different backgrounds will surely make us better managers, and hopefully, future leaders.