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Alumni Voices: Melbourne Business School

By QS Contributor

Updated July 3, 2019 Updated July 3, 2019

Alumni of the Melbourne Business School explain why they stand by their choice of MBA program and business school.

"The EMBA has given me a stronger understanding of competitive strategy and financial management, practical skills in negotiating and the ability to develop international market entry plans for my company."

Simon Burgess (Class of 2007), International Business ManagerGolden Circle Limited

"The structure of the EMBA course at Melbourne Business School is fantastic as it enables students to live and breathe the course without the distractions of the outside world. Literally living with a group of peers that come from such diverse backgrounds, industries and countries provides a support network that will foster the learning experience long after the lectures and assignments have been completed."

Jo Gray (Class of 2007), Senior Writer, Fairfax Media

"I found taking time out to focus on personal & professional development to be both stimulating and rewarding. The quality of both the faculty and the other participants makes for a unique learning experience."

Will Hamilton (Class of 2007), Head of Southern Australia & International Strategy

Westpac Private Bank

"The big learning from my MBA is the need to take time out to reflect. This coupled with the practices and frameworks learnt will have a life long impact. I also found that an added benefit of doing an MBA at MBS is its alumni network and the deep friendships you make."

Mark J Laurie (Class of 2005), Partner

"After 20 years of 'learning by doing' a shift in thinking was needed to accelerate my understanding of globalization and business practice. With technology driving globalization and increasing demands on executive performance to global standards it was critical to identify a means to address all three, i.e. best practice, globalization and dedicated accelerated learning without compromising on the day job business deliverables. The EMBA at MBS delivered all three."

Max Piper (Class of 2007), Director
Reed International Books

"The EMBA's international module provides a great learning environment with key insights into the global business arena. Studying around the globe has definitely broadened my perspective and transformed my approach to global opportunities."

Pedro Aguilera (Class of 2008), Manager, Deloitte

"The unique 4 x 4 week study modules has provided me with the ideal study environment to effectively manage my professional and personal commitments while developing my managerial skills."

Adrian Anderson (Class of 2008), General Manager Football Operations
Australian Football League

"The EMBA has not only given me the tools and frameworks to make critical business decisions but access to a peer network of senior business professionals to support me through my studies."

Raul Bitencourt (Class of 2008), Manager Resource Development
Rio Tinto Iron Ore

"The diversity of the student body combined with the world-class faculty create a dynamic and rewarding learning environment. The EMBA has been the best investment I could have made for myself, both personally and professionally."

Trista Brohier (Class of 2008), Financial Controller
Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd

"I was looking for more from an MBA than other schools could provide. At MBS I found a truly international experience and a more global perspective on the world economy. The EMBA faculty are some of the finest from around the world.
The diversity, experience and intelligence of my fellow students enhanced my education. Almost every student had significant life and work experience in at least one other county."

John Lee (Class of 2008), Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

This article was originally published in November 2012 . It was last updated in July 2019

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