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Trifecta for MBA program

by Katrina Phelps

The MBA celebration event included unveiling these three Five Star ranking plaques by the Chancellor of UniSA, Dr Ian Gould.The MBA celebration event included unveiling these three Five Star ranking plaques by the Chancellor of UniSA, Dr Ian Gould.

The International Graduate School of Business in the Division of Business recently had a triple celebration to mark three significant achievements.

The celebration launched the 30th anniversary of the MBA program as well as a partnership agreement with University College London (UCL), and noted the Five Star ranking from the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA).

To mark the 30th anniversary, a series of events will be held in Adelaide, interstate and overseas throughout the year.

Twelve of the events will be reunion events for alumni, beginning with a reunion cocktail party on June 9 in Adelaide for alumni from the graduating years 2006-2010. There will be five additional Adelaide reunions for subsequent graduation years, as well as reunions in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. More details about these events can be found here .

MBA Program Director Bob Gilliver, National Secretary for the Graduate Management Association of Australia Tony McArthur and Head of UniSA’s International Graduate School of Business Professor Mile Terziovski.MBA Program Director Bob Gilliver, National Secretary for the Graduate Management Association of Australia Tony McArthur and Head of UniSA’s International Graduate School of Business Professor Mile Terziovski.

MBA Program Director Bob Gilliver said the primary purpose of the events is for alumni to get together, catch-up with their friends and celebrate 30 years of the MBA.

The MBA began in 1980 as the Elton Mayo School of Management at the South Australia Institute of Technology.

Meanwhile, the second MBA program achievement celebrated at the April event was an agreement between UniSA and University College London (UCL) which was formally announced at the event. Under the agreement, UniSA and UCL will collaborate to deliver a specialist MBA program for employees in the energy and resources industry.

UCL, consistently rated as one of the world’s top universities, will deliver four of the twelve courses in the specially designed MBA.

Head of UniSA’s International Graduate School of Business, Professor Milé Terziovski, says the collaboration offers emerging leaders and managers in the resources industry a brilliant opportunity to combine study from UniSA’s five star MBA program with UCL’s highly valued graduate Certificate in Energy and Resources: Policy and Practice.

“Working together with UCL we are now delivering one of the highest quality Masters programs in the country to meet the needs of the next generation of resources professionals,” Prof Terziovski said.

“We are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with UCL and we see the partnership having high value for industry organisations in the future. We expect to have up to 60 students studying the new program by the end of 2011.”

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj says the UniSA UCL deal to deliver the specialist MBA is a perfect example of intelligent collaboration in the higher education sector.

“This partnership brings together UCL’s highly regarded programs in business and its expertise in the oil and gas sector with UniSA’s own business administration education expertise and our special capacity to deliver our teaching in an online environment that has already been highly successful and popular,” Prof Høj said.

Employees from Santos and ETSA began the course earlier this year.

The MBA program’s third consecutive year of receiving a Five Star ranking from the Graduate Management Association of Australia, was the final reason for the recent celebration event.

Bob Gilliver said the ranking, which was announced last year, is 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, online courses and overseas studies.”

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