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Clocktower.Monday 26 March 2018 1:08pm


The University of Otago's Online MBA programme has been ranked third best on a global stage by London-based CEO Magazine.

In this year's Global MBA Rankings, Otago's Online MBA was placed third in the world, up from fourth last year. The full-time on-campus programme was also ranked as a tier one programme, one of only two New Zealand programmes in the category.

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Ian Rafferty, Director of Executive Programmes.

Director of Executive Programmes, Ian Lafferty says the ranking is a "great boost in confidence and morale'' for the team, and a recognition Otago Business School is on the right track with what it is offering students.

CEO Magazine ranked more than 270 programmes based on 11 factors, including quality of faculty, international diversity, faculty to student ratio, international exposure, work experience, and gender parity. Based on their overall scores, programmes were then ranked as either tier one or tier two.

Through the rankings, the magazine aims to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.

The Otago Online MBA, established in 2014, is the only online MBA in New Zealand.

About 150 students are currently enrolled in the programme from both New Zealand and overseas. Another 50 are expected to start their classes in a few weeks' time.

With lectures conducted live over the internet, students can study from wherever they are and fit it around work commitments. The virtual breakout rooms organised for them allow them to engage actively in group discussions.

“We have gone to great lengths to ensure our Online MBA students have a fantastic learning experience,” Mr Lafferty says.

“We have put together a great team of lecturers who are drawn from three areas: the University, other reputable global business schools, and consultants or business practitioners. They are selected for academic excellence, strong practical experience and ability to engage well with the students.

“The programme is supported by committed administrative and IT support teams ensuring that the programme and every lecture run smoothly.”

Read more about CEO Magazine's 2018 Global MBA Rankings here.

For more information, please contact:

Ian Lafferty
Director of Executive Programmes
University of Otago

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