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Interest grows for the Doctor of Business Administration

Thursday, 28 September 2017 5:17pm

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The latest group of Chinese DBA students visit the Dunedin Chinese Gardens as part of their orientation to Dunedin this week.

A second group of students from China studying towards their Doctor of Business Administration has been welcomed to Dunedin.

The University of Otago Business School has been running a week-long orientation in September to welcome 29 new students, including visiting local businesses.

This is the second year of the programme, the only DBA currently on offer in New Zealand. It is being offered simultaneously at Otago and at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), one of the top five universities in China.

"The programme is working very well in China; we are thrilled with the calibre of the applicants, and the enthusiasm shown by the students during the visit to Dunedin."

There are already 22 students studying in China and a further five in New Zealand after the programme was launched this time last year. Seven additional part-time students started at the beginning of July.

The three-year full-time distance programme is aimed at senior managers from China or New Zealand with at least 10 years work experience, and is structured to incorporate the students’ real world experiences and work requirements. A key feature of the programme is its small class size.

All the students across both campuses are studying six papers over the year while working on a thesis research proposal.

Programme Manager Dr Sarah Carr is pleased with the continued interest in the programme and the positive feedback from students in the inaugural intake.

“The programme is working very well in China; we are thrilled with the calibre of the applicants, and the enthusiasm shown by the students during the visit to Dunedin.”

“At the same time we continue to get enquiries from New Zealand business people about the part-time course, which shows we are clearly filling a gap for this level of qualification.”