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Congratulating the First Cohort of the Global Executive MBA

26 Oct 2011

First Cohort of the Global Executive MBAAfter countless hours of hard work across five countries over the last 18 months, 14 senior executives have become the first graduates from the University of Sydney Business School's Global Executive MBA program.

A reinvention of the traditional MBA, the Business School's first Global Executive MBA was launched in 2010 to provide gifted executives with the leadership skills they need to scale the heights of success in business.

This first participants were hand-picked following a rigorous selection process and completed six modules in different locations around the globe. According to Associate Dean (Management Education), Richard Hall the group have emerged better leaders and more connected with fresh perspectives on how to make a real difference in business.

"We are exceptionally proud of this pioneering group. They have challenged themselves at every turn of this program and in many cases stepped way beyond their natural comfort zone. The personal growth of the individuals on the program that we have seen and the impact this has had on the companies they work for is really inspiring."

As part of the program the group was given the opportunity to explore new business opportunities in the Indian city of Bangalore, the concept of growth in Silicon Valley and renewal in France's tradition-bound wine industry. At each location they were tasked with co-ordinating a real-life local business project providing them with an opportunity to explore the theme of that module.

As well as the intensive overseas modules, the group also indicated one of the highlights of the program was the insights they gained  into creativity in leadership by improvising jazz melodies at the Conservatorium and learning how to structure a logical argument from scholars in the Department of Philosophy.

Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay who was recently named Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year for the ACT said the completion of the program was bittersweet.

"It is fantastic to have reached the end of the program and reflect on all that we have achieved individually and collectively."

"The highlight for me was working with my cohort and the academic staff across all of the different modules to challenge our leadership styles, our understanding of business and our belief in what is possible when you bring together a group of talented, dedicated people."

"It is sad to know that the exciting journey we all embarked on together has come to an end for now. However, the friendships and business connections we've made throughout this process are sure to carry on long into the future."

Applications for the 2012 Global Executive MBA program close on 30 November 2011.