The School of Business has a strong commitment to linking with local business people in both profit and not for profit sectors as evident by recent events held in Brisbane and Melbourne.
The Postgraduate Experience evening was held at the state-of- the-art Brisbane Leadership Centre in Elizabeth Street across from St Stephens Cathedral Square on 13 March. Professor Allan Layton, a widely published researcher and author, captivated the audience which included current postgraduate students, alumni and members of the public with his international insight and critical analysis of the Global Financial Crisis - consequences and lessons learned. Ensuing questions highlighted how ACU School of Business can play a vital role in the business community to help managers, students and members of the public to grapple with these complex global issues.
Current MBA executive student Mathew Witt, Manager Woolworths Limited, spoke with Professor Grant Jones – Director of Executive Programs - School of Business and Maxine Bradshaw, Business Development Manager – Faculty of Law and Business. Mat was positive about his postgraduate study experience and stated "the practical application of the MBA executive program has been very useful". Mat’s current executive role involves the expansion of the Woolworths brand and product with the launch and establishment of the Masters Home Improvement.
L-R Dane Robinson MBA (Executive) student, Professor Grant Jones (ACU), Lisa Berriman MBA (Executive) student and Ellen McBarron (ACU)
L-R Zalee Turner, Jenny Field and Nicole Grundy all MBA (Executive) students
Embarking on an MBA provides time-conscious executives with invaluable networking opportunities; hence the welcoming drinks at the end of a busy working week served as a poignant reminder that the third professional term was about to commence that coming weekend. Jenny Field (pictured in the middle) a current MBA student and Academic Advisor to the Board of Evocca College spoke of the benefits of the intensive block mode of weekend study as being very family, work and life friendly. "When we lead such busy lives at work, it’s vital that we can inter-relate our work and our study, we’ve been able to apply our learnings to work in every subject so far", added Jenny.
Masterclass Melbourne Campus - 21 March
The Melbourne Campus School of Business hosted the inaugural public free event Masterclass on "The Role of Market Research in Decision Making". Given a glorious sunny Saturday afternoon in Melbourne the masterclass was well subscribed with participants joining current MBA executive students to workshop how market research can help organisations achieve their strategic objectives.
Maxine Bradshaw, Business Development Manager for the Faculty, who arranged the Masterclass, stated that "the feedback was very positive; everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great deal of fun learning along the way". She continued, "Furthermore, the alumni that attended enjoyed the opportunity to reunite with former class mates and to once again connect with former teachers; and to experience the new facilities in the Early Childhood Learning Centre. It was also pleasing to note that 60% of the attendees were newcomers to ACU. Corporates and members of the public appreciated the topic, the insight and expertise of the facilitator, Dr Judy Rex and the opportunity to experience an MBA class", stressed Maxine.
Delegate participant Sanjay Gund summed up the mood of the class, "Thank you for inviting me to the Masterclass I really enjoyed the class! I too felt it was engaging and productive, with useful tips to use straight away".
Given the enormous success of these events plans are underway to expand the Masterclass series.
Masterclass North Sydney Campus - 29 May
Join us in Sydney on May 29th at 5.30pm for our next Masterclass Topic: "Using Social Media to achieve your organisation’s strategic marketing objectives". Participants will walk away with 5 tips that they can implement at work on Monday.
Location: ACU North Sydney Campus, 8-20 Napier Street, Level 16, North Sydney, NSW, 2060
Invitation and registration details will be available soon.