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Otago MBA Like No Other

Recent changes to the Otago Business School's MBA make it like no other graduate business programme in the world.

Changes to the Otago MBA include a shorter nine month period of full-time study at the Business School in Phase One, followed by new on-line elective courses, more options to specialise and more emphasis on global awareness.

The Otago MBA, which recently came second at the John Molson International MBA Case Competition in Montreal, "now better meets the needs of early to mid-career professionals whether they are from Dubai or Dunedin", says Ian Lafferty, Executive Programmes Director.

For employers, the changes to the MBA mean they can now release staff for nine months, instead of 16, to undertake full-time MBA study.

Between completing the programme core and commencing the final in-company project, students have three options: take an International Exchange for three months at a partner university, complete electives on-line, or study specialised part-time courses at the Business School, with the latter two allowing an immediate return to work.

Jonny Mirkin, a current student who worked at Wilkinson Adams as a barrister/solicitor prior to commencing full-time MBA study, says he viewed the MBA as a natural extension to his professional career.

"I’ve enjoyed developing a range of skills across a broad range of business settings," he says.

Jonny was part of the Otago MBA team that placed second in Montreal and is currently completing his specialised courses in strategy and information management on International Exchange at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University in North Carolina.

In June he’ll return to Dunedin to work full-time on his own company Nomos Limited, a software company servicing the legal sector that he established during his MBA studies.

"The Otago MBA has challenged the way I traditionally viewed business and particularly professional services industries," he says.

"With the skills I developed through the MBA, I’ve formed Nomos, The skills learned along the way and relationships I built have been invaluable to the project so far. The Otago MBA has opened a series of doors for me, allowing me to build on my existing career and look for new opportunities if and when they arise."

The 36th year of the Otago MBA gets underway on April 16 with 25 students from 15 countries studying alongside 20 new and returning Dunedin-based part-time students.

A small number of full-time and part-time places are still available in the 2012 class.

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