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Oxford & Mastercard Launch Online Cyber Skills Course

Read our April 23 coronavirus roundup, as Oxford Saïd launches a new cyber skills course, and the Association of MBAs reports on the future of business school

Thu Apr 23 2020


April 22 Roundup

Online cyber skills course

With an unprecedented number of professionals now working remotely, staying safe online has become more important than ever before. 4dd2703eb1e93d802766f9eadc3a6a8f1f9cedb3.jpg

In response, the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, and Mastercard will be launching a new Cyber Futures program, designed to give executives the skills they need to recognize cyber risks and opportunities. 

“Demand for online learning has reached unprecedented levels in the wake of brader digital advancements, and more recently the COVID-19 crisis,” says Andrew White, associate dean for executive education at Saïd Business School.

The six-week program will be delivered entirely online, and cover topics ranging from data privacy to digital ethics. 

Business school leaders optimistic about management education’s future

Even in these uncertain times, business school leaders are confident that management education can adapt, a report by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Business Graduates Association (BGA) has found. 

According to the report, which surveyed 350 decision-makers at business schools around the globe, 95% of leaders in the sector are optimistic about the future of their school.


84% of respondents rated their own business school as either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent,’ and expect to increase their capacity in the next three years. 

A number of schools, 17%, are planning to do this by opening a campus overseas. Given the current restrictions on travel, however, these plans may be deferred.

The survey also revealed that the majority of schools are keen to work collaboratively, with 51% reporting ties to other institutions and 68% of schools had at least one formal partnership with a corporate organization.

“We know that AMBA & BGA business schools have been resilient, and indeed grown, as the world around them has changed,” comments Will Dawes, research and insight manager at AMBA & BGA.

One important area where schools report trouble is helping their graduates into jobs. In fact, only 67% of schools said they were 'doing well' at this, and the economic impact of coronavirus could make things even more challenging. 

Coronavirus crisis highlights the value of an MBA, say business school deans

In turbulent times, businesses need skilled leadership more than ever, say Toby McChesney and Monica Powell, both associate deans at prominent US business schools.  eedb4c5d6eb0174a647c23e4336e5937121badd2.jpg

Toby is senior assistant dean at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, while Monica Powell is senior associate dean at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Toby is also the chair of the BusinessCAS Advisory Board, of which Monica is a member. The Board seeks to drive innovation and collaboration in business education. 

In the face of the current pandemic, they say, now is the time to upskill. With the sudden transition to remote working, the problem-solving and leadership skills an MBA helps develop have become crucial.

As more business schools introduce the joint MD and MBA degree, opportunities also arise for graduates to make their mark in public health, helping to tackle and prevent future outbreaks.  a073e866edd4b0ed0e314f8359b2bd9ed51d4800.jpg

In the coming months, Toby and Monica expect MBAs and similar programs to retain their popularity. 

With so many workers furloughed or laid off, professionals will be tempted to use this extra time to focus on their personal development, and gain new marketable skills. 

Cass Business School lecturer tracks employee wellbeing in lockdown 

With over half the world’s population currently in lockdown, Cass Business School’s Dr Annelore Huyghe has set out to uncover what the ongoing disruption means for our wellbeing at work.

Annelore hopes that her study will reveal how employees and managers are responding to the changes in their lives, and what this means for their general health.

Currently, she is gathering information through a 20 minute survey, which will remain open for volunteers to fill out until Sunday.

Student Reviews

Bayes Business School




On Campus

Best Journalism school in Europe

When I first stepped onto the campus of City, University of London, I knew I was in for a ride - and not just on the Tube! With its vibrant energy and an impressive repertoire of programs, City U became my home away from home. The Journalism program was kind of a big deal. Rumour was that we were the best in Europe! The lecturers were not just experts in their field; they’re practically journalistic royalty. They were invested, passionate, and had a knack for turning the most flat press release into a riveting news story. With their guidance, I’ve learned to navigate the chaotic world of media like a pro. The campus was a melting pot of every culture, being that we had such a diverse international crowd. Being in the heart of London, I had the world at my fingertips - there was always a new corner to explore, a hidden gem of a cafe to discover, or a street performer! City, University of London wasn't just a university; it was a chapter in my life story that I’ll never forget.




On Campus

Learning environment

The teacher-learner ration is manageable, giving each learner a chance to gain personal attention. It is also easier following up on the progress of a student, as the numbers per class is not large. the conducive environment for learning includes clean classes, standard desks, world class instructional facilities and the opportunity to engage lecturers even after their sessions. The team spirit at City is above board, with learners getting chance to learn both from instructors and colleagues. This is the university of choice; the place to be.




On Campus


I liked that each class had a manageable number of learners, making the professor-learner ratio favor knowledge acquisition. I also liked that study schedules were manageable, and not overwhelming. The focus on talents and gifts even within the learning environment makes it possible for learners to achieve the best of their potential, and this has worked to the advantage of those that have schooled at City, University of London




On Campus


The diversity at City University facilitates interactions and is a direction toward the unity of the world. The classes are well built to match the number and needs of all students regardless of the elements of diversity that set people apart. The use of technology in delivery makes learning even more interesting and achievable. At City University there is no distinction pegged on the issues that make people unique.




On Campus


The team of lecturers at the Uiversity are well experienced. Their level of insight and the methodologies of delivery works for the interes of the leaeners. My learning experience was largely boosted by the level of knowledge of the professors at the institution, and their passion to transfer the same to learners. I appreciate every class I attended because of the level of insight I was able to gather




On Campus

The best university I’ve been to

The campus and the people I've met have made it a wonderful experience. I was reared in a small town with a graduating class of only 88 individuals, so moving to City University was a huge adjustment for me. My dorm has more residents than my whole high school combined! I enjoy the atmosphere here, and everyone is so friendly. Outstanding academic options and a stunning campus. Really great from beginning to end. The educators genuinely love what they do, and the students are ready to learn. On or around college, there is always something to do with friends, and the social scene is particularly warm.




On Campus

Bayes Business School

As a student at City university attending Bayes Business School I would totally recommend choosing this university as the experience is exceptional with great social networking opportunities . Professors are significantly helpful, delivering with excellence and professionalism. Everyone is happy to help and make you feel welcomed in such an esteem university as City, offering exceptional development and guidance through out the course.




On Campus

Economics and Politics

Incredibly amazing university, the way they polish students and help them boost their morale and think intellectually is worthwhile. Many universities have international partnerships to allow exchanges between their students. The most obvious subjects for these opportunities would be those that involve languages, and the study of people and places.




On Campus

Clinical biology

I really like it it’s perfect for me with not too many people and not too few either. All the modules are amazing. I love the toy bar. I love all the societies that I’ma part of. Especially the colour Bollywood society