15 November 2010: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has launched the new Master of Business Administration (MBA), which will be delivered in weekend intensive mode at the new state-of-the-art CBD campus in Spring Hill, Brisbane.
The course will be taught at the Waterford Campus of St Joseph’s College as part of its University-in-Residence program with ACU. The MBA will be delivered by leading ACU business academics from around Australia and overseas.
Professor Susan Dann, Deputy Head of the School of Business at ACU, said the new MBA was an innovative program designed to accommodate professionals who need to balance the competing pressures of family, work and lifestyle.
Peter Chapman, Principal of St Josephs College, Gregory Terrace, said the partnership would allow his students to begin a degree during the 9am to 3pm school day, and give them direct entry into the University when they graduate.
“It is also hoped that the University will assist with some research into the middle schooling process we have adopted here at Terrace, particularly our Year 10 Waterford experience,” he said.
The curriculum draws on key areas of management such as organisational behaviour, finance, marketing and strategy. One of the defining strengths of the MBA is its emphasis on corporate governance and professional ethics.
“This MBA (intensive mode) is designed for practising and aspiring business leaders - critical and creative thinkers, for whom ethical, informed and sustainable decision-making will define their management style,” Professor Dann said.
“It embodies the ACU point of difference, where social responsibility, ethics and community engagement underpin the core of the business program for the modern business leader.”
The course consists of 12 units of study, held exclusively on weekends and avoids school holidays and commences late January 2011.
ACU Business is one of the first universities to bring tertiary learning opportunities directly into the classroom for years 11 and 12.
The ACU University-in-Residence program provides students with the opportunity to undertake part of the Bachelor of Commerce degree on their school campus.