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Women In Business: How An Online MBA Is Helping Me Smash The Glass Ceiling

Jane Mutamangira juggles family and business with Birmingham Business School’s Online MBA

Mon Nov 28 2016

More women are applying for MBA degrees than ever before. But progress has been slow. The number of female MBA students at Financial Times ranked business schools has risen by only six percent in the past decade.

For many women, combining family, career, and an MBA is a struggle. However, with the rise of the online MBA, this looks set to change.

Jane Mutamangira is a 36-year old mother and managing director of a luxury taxi firm in Zimbabwe. Determined to take the next step up in her career, she decided to pursue Birmingham Business School’s Online MBA.

“I see the Online MBA helping me better carry out my managerial obligations,” she says. “The future for women in business is bright. Now that we’re able to study and work at the same time, we’ll soon be able to get more powerful positions in a business world dominated by men.”

While the majority of top-level roles in business are still occupied by men, online MBAs are giving women with family commitments a better opportunity to compete.

And online MBA programs are only gaining in credibility. According to GMAC data, online MBAs have recorded constant growth in applications over the past few years, while applications to traditional part-time and executive courses stagnate.

This year, Birmingham’s Online MBA became the first 100% online MBA to receive full AMBA accreditation. When Online MBA students graduate, they receive the same certificate as those on the traditional campus-based course.

The University of Birmingham is a Russel Group institution, world-renowned for its academic research. Through Birmingham’s Online MBA, Jane has access to a high quality of business education that she would struggle to find in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“I decided to study at Birmingham because of how internationally-recognized its degrees are,” she says. “The Online MBA attracts a global audience because of its flexibility and how it incorporates people from different backgrounds.”

Birmingham offers an Online MSc International Business as a pre-experience alternative to its Online MBA. Across both programs, 63% of students are international and 86 different nationalities represented.

And through fortnightly ‘live sessions’, students can interact and network online, the same as they would in the classroom.

Jane has almost fifteen years’ professional experience, working in a variety of industries from IT to construction and transport. She’s already profiting from her Online MBA, applying her learnings daily in the workplace.

“I have learnt a lot from the modules I’ve studied so far,” she says. “I have a new way of dealing with my employees with the knowledge I’ve obtained from the Human Resources module. And I’ve been applying lots of concepts I’ve learnt in strategy, marketing and operations.”

She’s confident about the future of women in business. By studying an MBA online, she’s aiming to break the glass ceiling and take her career to new heights.

“My advice to women is that now the sky is the limit,” she says. “Go ahead and study all you can, because the world out there is waiting for you!”

Student Reviews

Birmingham Business School - University of Birmingham




On Campus

An amazing experience

Great, knowledgeable faculty with a beautiful campus. Lots of societies and clubs to choose from in accordance with your interest. One can also discover scholarship opportunities here. The course is perfectly designed and the career services at the uni are very helpful




On Campus

The beautiful campus and teaching expertise.

Overall the University of birmingham is just an incredible institution. From the array of expertise teachings and how phenomenal the campus is definitely enhances its beauty and is enriched with the amazing resources and incredible people that are always willing to help and make you feel welcomed everywhere you go. I would 100% recommend the University of Birmingham to be one of the best universities out there and through not only the various courses that they offer but all the social societies definitely adds to the fun and great opportunities that it provides




On Campus

Exceptional Support for international Students

Exceptional Support for International Students As an international student, my experience at the University of Birmingham has been nothing short of extraordinary, thanks to the outstanding support provided for international students. I would like to share my thoughts and experiences regarding the exceptional support I've received during my time here. From the moment I arrived on campus, it was evident that UoB prioritizes the well-being and success of its international students. Here are some key aspects of the support I've received: 1. Orientation Programs: The university's comprehensive orientation programs helped me acclimate to campus life, navigate administrative processes, and understand the academic system. I never felt lost or overwhelmed, thanks to the informative sessions and friendly staff. 2. Academic Advising: The academic advisors for international students are incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. They assisted me in creating a personalized academic plan, selecting courses, and understanding degree requirements. Their guidance ensured that I stayed on the right track academically. 3. Language Support: UoB offers exceptional language support services, including English language courses and conversation partners. These resources were invaluable in improving my language skills and building confidence in my communication abilities. 4. Cultural Integration: The university fosters a diverse and inclusive environment, making it easy for international students to feel like part of the community. There are numerous cultural clubs, events, and workshops that allow us to connect with fellow students and celebrate our diverse backgrounds. 5. Mental Health and Counseling Services: Recognizing the challenges that international students may face, the university provides excellent mental health and counseling services. It's comforting to know that support is available when needed, and these services are respectful of cultural differences. 6. Career Services: UoB offers exceptional career services tailored to international students. From resume workshops to job fairs, they've been instrumental in helping me prepare for my career post-graduation. The university's strong network of alumni has also been a valuable resource. 7. Visa and Immigration Assistance: Navigating the complexities of visa and immigration regulations can be daunting, but the university's dedicated staff provided guidance and assistance throughout the process. Their expertise made the experience seamless. 8. Housing Support: Securing suitable housing can be a challenge for international students, but the university offers assistance in finding on-campus housing options with flexible payments. This support ensured that I had a safe and comfortable place to live. 9. Financial Aid and Scholarships: UoB offers various scholarships and financial aid options for international students. Their commitment to making education accessible is commendable, they also provide financial support for graduation through the guild of students.




On Campus

student experience

I highly recommend the University of Birmingham. I think the school environment is very friendly to international students. I was able to get guidance and help from students in the school. I was also able to get support and guidance from the professional team on my career path. I would recommend the University of Birmingham to first-time international students and Masters students.




On Campus

There is always somebody to help!

The university respects the culture and background of their highly diverse student. It carters to everybody's need and puts its student first. It tries to the make the student feel at home and helps them deal with the university life.




On Campus


I love studying Pharmacy at Birmingham and would absolutely recommend it, especially because of the variety in every aspect of the course. Firstly, the variety of people you meet from all areas around the country, and even countless others from outside the country. Each person has a different background and experiences creating a melting pot of personalities to interact with. Next, the lessons - there are numerous types of lessons we encounter on a weekly basis from lectures to dissections to a computer workshops. Additionally, specific to medical degrees, I have 7 placements annually in hospital, community, and GP pharmacies. The only lack of variety in the pharmacy course is the classrooms since there are limited number we can use and the medical school is separate from the main campus. The only part I don't enjoy about pharmacy is the distances and unreliability of public transport in Birmingham. Living in the vale, the university is a long 25-minute walk away and my closest shop is over 10-20 minutes to walk. Although there are closer accommodations, I really love my flat with its modern decor, large room, and social aspect of the shared kitchen.




On Campus

Experience at University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham has been an outstanding university. They have provided complete support during COVID-19. The university is incredible when accessing support with mental health. I currently study criminology at the university of Birmingham. The course has been brilliant, with constant support from lectures and tutors to ensure that you achieve the best grade possible. I could not recommend University of Birmingham more!




On Campus


Great campus for studying with kind and professional staff and the campus is very well connected to the city center. There were so many people who wanted to enroll in the course that they had to queue for a new course for six months in advance. The classes were always crowded, but the professors never let anyone through. I love this uni




On Campus

A very welcoming uni

This university is regarded as one of the best in the world. They provide a welcoming environment that enhances the lives of the students because each one of them has a sense of community and a desire to study.