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Planning for an Executive MBA programme? But can it actually help you in becoming a better manager and business leader? Will your MBA knowledge help you boost your business and career? Well, the fact is the knowledge you gain about the business world, the economic scenario and the external market during your course, will boost your business acumen and empower you to become a better professional. Let’s take a look….

Need For Hands-on Learning

Experiential learning is an integral part of every management programme. Last year, 110 participants from 2 separate EMBA programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) tool part in a process of exploring business across South Africa. It was basically a study trip which focused on hands-on experience of business and developing business strategies for Africa.

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 One of the groups, which included 62 participants visited various establishments in Johannesburg, including vehicle financier SA Taxi Finance, a beer and soft drink company SABMiller, and entertainment firm MultiChoice. They also studied a number of local NGOs and businesses in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg and is considered among the poorest urban regions in South Africa. Moreover, lectures were also organised on topics like entrepreneurship in South Africa and it’s global competitiveness, Africa as a growing market etc.

Tamkara Adun, a Nigerian participant, said the trip was “a valuable time of learning and discovery” and a learning experience. She added “I emerged with a better understanding of the dynamics of doing business in Africa.” Adun claimed that the classroom sessions helped her in being “better able to appreciate the enormous potential for economic growth that is Africa. Via consultations with the business owner, we were able to understand his business, recognise the challenges his business faced and appreciate the uniqueness of his business.”

Exploring Potential For Growth

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During this period, another group of 48 EMBA participants visited Cape Town to explore business practices at different companies including, life assurance firm Old Mutual Finance, supermarket chain Pick ‘n Pay, Villiera Wines, beverage firm SABMiller and retail business PEP. The students had a learning experience and got a clear understanding about the business scenario in South Africa. 

Duna Uribe, a Brazilian-American student, said “We had the opportunity to take a glance at not only the South African business reality but also at the human reality. Even though I come from an emerging economy myself and have been quite exposed to social struggles, I found it fascinating to see how South Africa is dealing with all of it: politics, economics, health, and diverse society and languages.”

An Executive MBA programme allows you to learn what you need and acquire all the right skills that will boost your effectiveness as a business leader. You will learn how to efficiently manage Operations, Marketing & Sales, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources and other business aspects. However, if you are an aspiring entrepreneur planning for your start-up or a professional trying to land the next big promotion, then pursuing a full time EMBA course may be challenging for you due the requirement of time and money investment.

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 A Better Way To Learn Business

In this scenario, there is a better alternative available for you to study management in an affordable and effective way. Simply opt for an online MBA top-up degree as it will enable you to understand core management concepts without shelling out too much cash. Moreover, as you will learn the necessary skills, you will be able to face various business challenges and transform risks into opportunities. However, one of the biggest benefits of studying a top-up MBA programme is that you can study at any time you want. As these courses are highly flexible, you can easily work throughout the day and focus on your job or start-up, while studying at a time that is convenient to you.

Furthermore, online MBA top-up courses allow you to interact with fellow learners from different economies via online forums. This will allow you to learn how the business sphere operates in different economies. You will also have the opportunity to fast track your degree to the final year of an accredited Executive MBA or any other related programme without any hassle.

So what are you waiting for? If you want to meet new experienced professionals, expand your network and add value to your professional credibility in the long run, then a top up degree in MBA can certainly help you achieve your business goals.

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Business education has certainly become one of the most popular programmes for students aspiring to higher education qualifications across the globe. This is not surprising as after the recent global financial crisis, the job market has become increasingly competitive and employers have become more stringent about the recruitment process. A business degree can help graduates get an edge over others and make them eligible for a number of employment opportunities in various fields. Hence more and more students are now planning to pursue business studies from reputed universities and B-schools, whether online or on-campus.

Demand For Business Study

Recently The Guardian Postgraduate Guide for 2015 was released which offers an overview of various courses available at UK universities this year. All the courses have been categorised into a total of 52 subject areas. Overall, the guide includes courses available at around 2,000

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This year’s guide revealed 2 major trends, the growing popularity of business programmes and the rise in the number of foreign students who come to the United Kingdom to earn postgraduate degrees. Most of the full-time postgraduate students in Britain are now international learners.

Most Popular Subjects

The Guardian 2015 Postgraduate Guide assures that hard-headed are prevalent as a result of the

challenging economic scenario. The new guide uses statistics from 2012-2013, which is the most recent year from which government data is available. In the specified year, business, management and marketing, were the most popular postgraduate subjects among students, both regarding universities offering the subject and students pursuing it.

Around 121 providers offered business, management and marketing in the tables prepared by The Guardian. Moreover, over 70,000 students were registered for taught postgraduate courses in business. An additional 17,000 students were studying the related topics namely finance and accounting. Next on the list of most popular subject was Education with around 71,000 taught postgraduate students and 97 providers. Most of them were pursuing PGCE teaching qualifications instead of a full master’s degree.

Here is a list of the top 5 most popular subjects:

Subjects Providers Taught postgraduates
Business, Management & Marketing 121 70051
Education 97 71064
Psychology 90 12101
Computer Science & Information Systems 89 11414
Accounting & Finance 83 17373


Rise Of International Students 

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There is no doubt that universities in the UK are highly popular among international students as a study destination, and this was observed more at the postgraduate level, rather than the undergraduate level. It was found that more than 140,000 students, domiciled outside the United Kingdom, were pursuing postgraduate courses in UK colleges and universities during 2012-13. This figure was over 33 per cent of all postgraduate learners.Rise Of International Students

The study patterns of these learners were pretty different from British students. Where most UK postgraduate students are usually working and studying part-time, with only 33 per cent studying full-time, students from abroad who have travelled to the United Kingdom normally go for full-time courses, with almost 85 per cent students. Hence, most of the full-time postgraduate students were international students in 2012-2013.

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