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September 3 2009

Growth for UniSA's five star MBA

UniSA's MBA has again achieved a five star ratingFor the second year in a row, UniSA has scored the maximum five star rating for its Master of Business Administration (MBA).
 
It is one of just eight universities Australia-wide to be awarded this honour, determined by the Graduate Management Association of Australia, and published in the Good Universities Guide - one of the nation's most highly regarded guides to MBA selection.
 
The MBA has also ranked sixth in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS MBA survey for 2009. In the last survey, conducted in 2007, the UniSA MBA was ranked seventh in the country.

The AFR BOSS survey assesses attributes such as entry requirements, faculty qualifications, research outputs and alumni impressions across 18 MBA programs Australia-wide to determine the best overall MBA performers.

Professor Malcolm Wright of UniSA's International Graduate School of Business says that the UniSA MBA is the only one in the State to be offered by an internationally accredited business school. The Division of Business is one of only eight Australian business schools accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Prof Wright says enrolments in the program have continued to rise, increasing by 20 per cent in the past 12 months.
 
“It is not surprising that we are seeing increased postgraduate enrolments during the financial crisis,” he says.
 
"When employment prospects are not as strong, people realise it can be a good time to advance their education.
 
“But economic uncertainty also brings home the value of education. A strong qualification gives increased opportunities now, but also insurance against hard times in the future.”
 
UniSA MBA Program Director Bob Gilliver says the program’s other attributes and year-round delivery mode makes it attractive to candidates.
 
“A global focus, online study options, flexible contact hours, and an extensive range of courses to choose from, make the degree supremely relevant in today’s business environment,” he says.
 
Many of the program’s graduates have gone on to senior management positions. Current student Kate Thiele, who has just been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Guide Dogs (SA and NT), says that UniSA’s MBA has improved her employability.
 
“There is no doubt that it has helped me become a better leader and advanced my career,” she says.
 
Vice Chancellor Peter Høj says that the five star rating reflects the dedication of UniSA’s International Graduate School of Business.
 
“The School works hard to ensure that the program consistently delivers high quality teaching and an exceptional curriculum,” he says.
 
“The University is extremely proud of the program and the high calibre graduates it consistently produces.”



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