Andrew Costa wins GMAA prize as ACU Business celebrates 20 years in Melbourne.
ACU Business student Andrew Costa, 22, was awarded a Graduate Management Association of Australia prize for the “Most Outstanding ACU MBA Student” at a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of ACU Business in Melbourne. More than 160 guests attended the function on Thursday 9 October, including ACU staff, students, alumni, scholarship sponsors and members of the Business community.
The Graduate Management Association of Australia, or GMAA, is a nationally recognised business association, with a diverse range of members residing across Australia, as well as overseas. The prize will entitle Andrew to annual GMAA membership, which includes benefits such as professional development and networking opportunities.
“Receiving this award is a remarkable achievement for me and it has given me confidence in my ability to succeed. My family have been very supportive of my studies and it was an honour to have them attend and share this significant moment with me,” said Andrew.
Studying psychology in high school and then in his undergraduate degree, Andrew developed a keen interest in consumer behaviour and how advertising and marketing efforts are targeted and shaped toward a particular audience, thus leading him to pursue a marketing management career.
Andrew is studying a Master of Marketing Management/Master of Business Administration at ACU’s Melbourne Campus.
“My studies at ACU and working at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has helped me to understand the importance of team work, and the importance of marketing management in helping a business to grow. This in turn led me to further strengthen my studies in the marketing and leadership fields. My dream job would be to work in marketing management for the Australian Football League.”
The 20-year celebration was an important milestone for ACU Business in Melbourne. From its humble inception with 30 students at Chadstone in 1994, there are now about 750 students at the Melbourne Campus. The School has also expanded its offering to include a range of masters and PhD courses.
“Although much has been achieved over the last 20 years, further revitalizations are needed to adapt to the ever-changing business advancements, community expectations and taskforce aspirations,” said Associate Professor Dr Nasir Butrous.
“This can be achieved through dynamic partnerships between ACU and the Business community in the preparation of future taskforces that are equipped with critical judgment, clear expression, ethical decision-making and concern for others as individuals and as a community,” said Dr Butrous.