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4 MBAs Explain Why You Should Study At Aston Business School

Aston Business School attracts students from across the globe

Thu Apr 28 2016

Ranked first in the UK for immediate return on investment, Aston Business School attracts students from across the globe — 88% of the MBA cohort is international. But don’t take our word for it. We’ve spoken to four Aston MBAs who explain, below, what makes the program, ranked as one of the world’s best by CEO Magazine, unique.

Prasad Holay is a business analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland in London. He graduated from the Aston MBA in 2011. 

“Having done my undergraduate degree in computing, and with previous experience in IT, my reason for pursuing the MBA was to learn about the business side of the world,” he says.

“The MBA at ABS not only provided me with an understanding of this, but also helped in shaping my thought process and personality. It has definitely widened my horizon in terms of opportunities. I have had an opportunity to work in two different industries in the last three years, and can easily relate a lot of things to the classroom at ABS.

“The practical approach to case study-based learning and a multicultural environment also really helped a lot.”

Amit Sugra works as a digital business analyst with Homeserve, the UK insurance group, in Walsall. He graduated from the Aston MBA in 2012. 

“The MBA has given me a wider business understanding. This has changed the way I perceive things and has raised my confidence to new heights. The MBA helped in formalizing my skills through practical experience, be it strategy development, operations management, or economics,” he says.

“The MBA has equipped me with a toolkit that can be used in my professional and personal career for years to come.”

Asif Hashim works in Aberdeen with Green Palm Marine Consultancy, an oil and energy specialist advisory group, as a commercial business manager. He graduated from the Aston MBA in 2013. 

He began the MBA “to formally get trained in the field of management and to learn the building blocks of a successful business. Aston Business School was unique, as it was triple accredited and had a rare blend of highly-qualified teaching staff, industry association, and the right balance of student portfolios for an MBA cohort”.

“It made me think broader in terms of things like how business culture, the organizational structure of clients, and business ethics in each geographical location can have a significant impact on the outcome of a business venture,” he says.

“It helped me understand how to adapt to different business environments and how to modify your product/service based on local preferences or business area of operation.”

Wais Pirzad launched, ran and sold a raft of tech businesses in the Netherlands. He began the Aston MBA last year. 

“Initially I intended to study in the Netherlands, but after getting married, I and my wife decided to move to the UK. Fortunately, I am getting a UK degree from a very international business school, which is highly accredited,” he says.

Wais believes an MBA is valuable for entrepreneurs. “There are several start-up organizations within Aston that support students with funding, mentoring and workshops. Besides, MBA students have personal entrepreneurial support from our career development advisor Paul Schoonenberg. For example, he is currently searching for external funding for my new start-up.”

“Furthermore, Aston arranges network meetings for business students with professionals from different industries, which is very valuable for entrepreneurs,” he says.

“Overall, Aston Business School has a great environment for entrepreneurial students, which I am currently making use of.”