Welcome to this year's summer edition of the University of Sydney Business School Postgraduate e-Newsletter.
In this edition we toast the continuing success of the Master of Management (CEMS) on a global level with the program ranking among the top three Master's in Management (MIM) programs in the world according to the prestigious Financial Times rankings.
We examine how the Business School delivers on its commitment to continued education for GEMBA alumni with a unique alumni event and we congratulate a post-doctoral fellow at the Business School whose work has been recognized for its scholarly excellence by leading management and organisational studies experts.
In this edition's student profile, we speak to a Master of HRM & IR student who reflects on how the degree has challenged her think beyond just the job at hand and to consider how her role supports broader business objectives.
With the Business School's Industry Placement Program, we explain how students have the opportunity of gaining first-hand experience in the business world through placements in leading firms as part of their coursework. We also see how the Business School's focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is helping people and communities, both at home and abroad. And significantly, we see how the Business School's Master of Business Administration program supports this spirit of industry relevance and learning by integrating the three focal learning elements of Strategy, Management and Leadership - core skills for a good MBA graduate.
The school's teaching and research activities are focused on benefitting both our students and the community. I hope you enjoy reading about them, and are inspired the same way I was. For those still considering their study options, our next Postgraduate Information Session will be held on Wednesday 30 January 2013.
I wish you all the best for the holiday season and New Year and look forward to welcoming you to the University of Sydney Business School in 2013.
Professor John Shields
Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework)
- Course in Focus Master of Business Administration
- Business Leader Scholarships
- Industry Placements Program
- Financial Times again declares CEMS MIM a world leader
- Building Entrepreneurial Communities
- Continuing Education for GEMBA Alumni
- Student Profile: Sally Ingram- Master of HRM & IR
- Upcoming event: PG Information Session 30th Jan 2013
With the focus in the industry on MBA graduates who can lead the way to success for their employers, the learning-by-doing approach of the Business School's Master of Business Administration program becomes even more relevant today.
Strategy, management and leadership skills are at the heart of the MBA program. We understand the importance of our students learning these skills in both the classroom and the real-world environment, and providing them with the opportunity for both professional and personal development.
The Business School has always focused on corporate engagement and industry partnership, and with the new MBA program, we continue this tradition. The MBA program's Capstone unit is how we ensure our students receive the best practical learning. In this final subject of the program, they solve real-life business problems provided by our industry partners and are exposed to situations that require them to put their theoretical learning into practical use.
At the same time, the school's exclusive partnership with US-based executive search and talent consultancy Korn/Ferry International is direct evidence of the commitment to developing leadership qualities. Our students have access to Korn/Ferry's assessment processes, helping them in identifying and profiling their own strengths and shortcomings. This gives our students an early opportunity to accelerate their leadership development process.
It is these partnerships that make the MBA program industry-relevant in today's competitive environment, instilling in our students the perfect combination of technical learning and personal development.
Find out more about the MBA program at http://mba.sydney.edu.au.
The University of Sydney Business School is offering up to twenty scholarships for local and international students enrolling in one of the eligible master's programs offered in semester 1, 2013. The scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants based on their academic achievement, leadership capabilities, ambassadorial potential and motivation to succeed in business in a socially responsible way. The scholarships will cover 50% of the tuition fees for up to 16 units of study for a full-time degree.
"A desire to develop a deeper understanding of how businesses operate in today's complex environment led me to pursue postgraduate study", said Master of Commerce student Hans Yoo. "I was attracted to the University of Sydney because of the flexibility and broad range of specialisations offered by the Master of Commerce program. My scholarship allows me to focus on learning and not the financial burdens of study."
For more information on the programs nominated for the scholarship, visit the Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships page.
Scholarship applications will be accepted in two rounds for selection. The first round of applications closes on Friday, 30th November, 2012, and the second round closes on Friday, 1st February, 2013.
Putting into practice our belief that a business degree should include genuine experience of today's business world, we offer students who are enrolled in a Business School degree an opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of their coursework.
The Industry Placement Program aligns theory with practice through specifically designed assessment tasks for high-performing students. Students are able to gain first-hand experience of the business world during their credit-bearing industry placement as they work on genuine business projects specific to that organisation's business.
"My industry placement has given me fantastic networking opportunities and a really good understanding of the financial services industry," he says. "Through my coursework and the Industry Placement Program, I'm in a great position to gain full-time employment at the end of my degree. I recommend this program to any student who is looking for industry experience."
For more information, visit the Industry Placement Program page.
The Business School's Master of Management (CEMS) program continues to place us among leading management schools in the world, with the Financial Times ranking the CEMS Master in Management (MIM) degree in the top three MIM programs in 2012.
Founded in 1988, the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) is a global alliance of 27 academic institutions offering the exclusive pre-experience MIM degree to a thousand leading students. The University of Sydney Business School is the only Australian institution accredited to provide the degree, accepting 25 students into the Master of Management (CEMS) program every year.
"CEMS is an attempt to set a global standard of excellence for MIM courses by providing an outstanding education to students who aspire to a leading role in international business," said the Dean of the Business School, Professor Geoffrey Garrett. "This Financial Times ranking clearly indicates that we are achieving our goal."
For more information visit the Master of Management (CEMS) page.
The University of Sydney Business School is facilitating entrepreneurial development of communities and students through hands-on, experiential projects like the Remote and Rural Enterprise Program (RARE) and the Building Female Entrepreneurial Skills for SME in ASEAN Countries initiative.
RARE represents the first time the University has engaged with remote rural enterprises and enables post-graduate students to apply their business acumen to specific community and business challenges and gain perspective on how business is influenced by people and cultural context.
The Building Female Entrepreneurial Skills for SME in ASEAN Countries project is funded by AusAID, and is designed to instigate much-needed female entrepreneurship and business training in Cambodia, Burma and Vietnam through the development of locally tailored training programs.
Both of these projects are part of the Business School's Innovation & Enterprise (I&E) Ventures program, which fosters two-way learning and development through its emphasis on collaboration, fusing the school's teaching and research activities with a broad range of community, government and industry engagements. The projects not only benefit participating students and faculty, but have also positively impacted the people and communities that are involved.
For more information visit the Remote and Rural Enterprise page.
The University of Sydney Business School is maintaining its commitment to the ongoing professional and personal development of Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) alumni with the first GEMBA Alumni Continuous Education event at the HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, on Friday 20 July 2012.
A group of 16 alumni of the Business School, representing the first two cohorts of the GEMBA program attended this event, which served as a reunion for the students as well as an opportunity for continuing their education through exposure to networking, great speakers, and recent developments in the business sphere. One of the highlights of the event was a half-day Design Thinker Simulation, an innovation workshop that allowed participants a chance to use and refine the skills they acquired during their GEMBA course.
"Today's event was a great example of how the GEMBA program has influenced my development," said Christine Bishop, GEMBA alumna. "Events like this offer fantastic access to continuous learning, as well as keeping us in touch with all of the other GEMBA alumni, including those from other cohorts."
For more information visit the Global Executive MBA website.
Why did you decide to complete a Master's degree?
I was looking to alter the focus of my career and return to study. I decided that a Master's degree with subjects to develop my knowledge of the areas I'm interested in would support the change in my career direction.
What made you choose a postgraduate degree from the University of Sydney?
The University of Sydney Business School has a great reputation and I was impressed with the lecturers I spoke with at the information evenings. The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations offered the right mix of subjects and flexibility to enable me to focus on the next stage in my career.
What do you enjoy most about the program?
Being challenged in my thinking, the breadth of students and experience in the classes and the relationships I am building. The variety of assessments encourages different styles of learning, which challenges the way you think and communicate.
Are there any particularly useful skills that you've learnt while studying this program?
Sharpening my critical thinking and writing skills, both of which I think are incredibly valuable at work. Also, the broad aspects of academic theory make you think beyond just your job, reminding you to reflect on how your role fits with business objectives.
Do you have any advice for students who are working and considering postgraduate study?
The flexibility of the timetable scheduling allows you to plan your subjects your personal commitments and learning style. I enjoy the intensives (and they are intense, but only for a few weeks) which suits my learning and work preferences. I know other students who prefer the weekly subjects with assessments spread over a longer period.
Join us for the University of Sydney Business School's Postgraduate Information Session to
- Network with students, graduates and academic staff.
- Gain advice on your postgraduate study options, course content, admission, costs, scholarships and career opportunities.
- Learn more about our flexible study options and how to balance work and further study.
Postgraduate Information Session
Date: Wednesday 30th January 2013
Level 3, Establishment Room III
252 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000