The Griffith MBA features prominently in the latest edition of CEO Magazine, an edition which addresses comprehensively a radically-evolving landscape where education must be delivered in a fashion more flexible than ever before.
The Spring edition of CEO Magazine comes with the tagline: ‘The CEO’s tech survival guide’ and focuses on the Griffith MBA in an article titled: ‘Developing Globally Responsible Leaders for the 21st Century’.
“We recognise a changed education marketplace,” Associate Professor Nick Barter, MBA Director, says. “And it continues to be a market place that will change and evolve over time. There are interesting times ahead.”
Changes to its mode of delivery mean the Griffith MBA is very much an MBA of its time. There are now two MBAs on offer, a fully flexible MBA and an online-only MBA.
- Read ‘Developing Globally Responsible Leaders’ (pp 34-37).
The flexible MBA, outlined in CEO Magazine, means students can study their courses online, in face-to-face format or a mixture of both. Students don’t have to specifically be an online or on-campus student, and can alternate between modes of attendance to meet their individual needs.
The launch of a 100% Online MBA in 2015 has also allowed students to fast-track their career by completing an MBA in just two years while they work. With six intakes a year, students are never more than eight weeks from starting their program.
This Griffith initiative has been marked by another notable growth in numbers enrolling for the MBA. More than 40% of online-only enrolments have come from WA, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, NSW, ACT, with the remainder from Queensland. This comes on the back of 58% growth in enrolments during the last two years.
“This growth demonstrates students want to learn in a flexible format and also that there is a market for online-only learning,” Associate Professor Barter said.
“Our MBA program, with its core values of responsible leadership, sustainable business practice and a global orientation with an Asia Pacific focus is now recognised by students who are enrolling from all over the country.”
CEO Magazine says there is a growing thirst for MBA programs around the world, with the number of programs on the increase. The ongoing evolvement of a business school’s MBA program is described as crucial.
“We are at the turning point of something important in the delivery of education,” Associate Professor Barter says. “The online offering is a great new departure for Griffith University. We are offering a progressive form of education.”
The CEO Magazine feature on Griffith University also profiles Lyndel Smith (left), a HR and Change Management Specialist, and Alex Mazzoni, a Senior Specialist, Partnerships and Programs IAG, who have studied their MBA degrees at Griffith.
It describes the broad range of industries represented by MBA students, from IT to engineering, from health to aviation and banking.
“The students come from a mix of public and private sector and small, large and medium businesses,” Associate Professor Barter says. “Overall our student base is about 30% female and we are seeing that figure go higher with the advent of our flexible and online only offerings.
“Our MBA age range is typically 28-45 years old with the average age in 2014 being 36 years, and 95 per cent of our students are in full time work.”