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Media Release

October 1 2010

Stars shine bright for UniSA’s flexible MBA

UniSA MBA wins five star ratingCementing its place as South Australia’s top Master of Business Administration, the University of South Australia’s MBA program has again been rated as one of the nation’s five-star MBAs by the Good Universities Guide.

Determined by the Graduate Management Association of Australia, the rankings are based on an assessment of the standard and value. Out of the 55 MBAs offered in Australia, only eight have been awarded the coveted five stars.

MBA Program Director Bob Gilliver says he delighted that there has been sustained acknowledgement of the quality of the UniSA MBA program.

“We work hard to maintain and improve the quality of the program and to be responsive to what our students need. We ensure the UniSA MBA meets their needs for flexibility but also that it is entirely relevant in the context of their working world,” Gilliver said.

“We place a strong emphasis on flexibility and practical application – qualities which resonate strongly within the business community. Students can complete their MBA, while working and balancing their personal lives, through a combination of night classes, intensive sessions, on-line courses and overseas studies.”

Project Director for Common Ground and former student of the UniSA MBA Julie Patterson says she is not surprised by the continued success of the degree. She moved from “on campus” to online delivery of the MBA in her second year and says the flexibility was invaluable.

“I loved the that fact that I could 'log on' for 15 minutes from any computer and contribute to the on-line discussion and work on the group assignment and raise a question with the Lecturer,” Patterson says.

“I found the communication lines were stronger using this mode of learning and I was not wasting any time at all with travel or finding car parking. It just made an enormous impact because coordinating work commitments and family responsibilities with my study was so much easier.

“Most of all I gained more from the learning experience. With individual contributions and discussions online and ‘in print’, everyone seems to go to greater lengths to explain the points they are trying to make. That process resulted in a higher level of understanding of the subject matter and its application across a range of work settings and countries.”

SA's highest rated MBA wins five star approvalCelebrating its 30th year, Gilliver says the UniSA MBA program is going from strength to strength.

“We have an abiding commitment to quality and to inspiring the next generations of business leaders both locally and globally.”

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