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Why MBA: Birmingham Business School - Online

Online MBA student says program’s international feel can't be matched in a classroom environment

Thu May 26 2016

The digital learning revolution is gathering pace. According to GMAC’s latest application trends survey, the demand for online MBA programs is outstripping that for traditional part-time and executive courses.

As growing numbers of MBA applicants look study online, the world’s premier business schools are creating innovative online MBA programs of their own.

Birmingham Business School‘s Online MBA offers its students an affordable, fully immersive, flexible MBA experience, with interactive classrooms and real-time, real-life case studies. It attracts a vast array of international students from across the globe, determined to enhance their business knowledge and take their careers to the next level.

Among them, Ceridwen Scerri, an ambitious millennial MBA student from Malta who studied European Studies at undergraduate level. She works as a research analyst for the Maltese government’s ministry for the economy, investment and small business, assessing the impact of EU legislation on the Maltese economy.

Now, she wants to expand her horizons and take her career to the international stage with an MBA.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA online?

An online MBA is a win-win scenario for busy people like myself. I can keep my job while further educating myself. And I can study in my own time, and at my own pace.

I also wanted a degree which would open up new challenges and opportunities. With an MBA there are a vast number of opportunities for employment in various fields ranging from marketing to business strategy and finance.

What did you decide on Birmingham Business School’s online MBA in particular?

The University of Birmingham is a Russell Group University, ensuring a high level of education and recognition.

With an online course, regular communication with the lecturers and students is crucial. The Online MBA offers easy access to university resources and weekly synchronized sessions which fit my hectic lifestyle and allow me to keep up with my studies.

What sets an online MBA apart from a traditional classroom-based program?

An online MBA provides you with the thrilling experience of connecting globally through your computer. During my first online session, I was simply amazed as the class went live with students from America, Australia, Africa and Asia.

And with each module, experts join the course. So far, I’ve had lecturers from New Zealand, Malaysia, Israel and the UK. I don’t think that this can be experienced on-campus, to the same extent.

How else have you profited from your online MBA experience?

I’ve gained a lot both professionally and personally.

It’s made me much more competitive and goal-orientated, it’s benefited my resume, it’s increased the trust my superiors have in me and I’m being given tasks beyond my paygrade.

From the modules covered so far, Accounting and Finance is the one which has helped me the most. Finally, I can make sense of annual reports and use them for effective decision making.

What opportunities are there for entrepreneurship in Malta?

The opportunities are numerous. We have one of the lowest tax rates in the EU and a lot of incentives for entrepreneurs.

Investment in Malta is also on the rise, given our strategic location and the fact that we’re an English-speaking country.

What are your future career plans?

I would like to work in a university environment, preferably in academia.

After my MBA, I plan to work internationally and teach European Studies. With the managerial experience that comes with it, the MBA will give me an edge.

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Birmingham Business School - University of Birmingham




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The beautiful campus and teaching expertise.

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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.




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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.




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A very welcoming uni

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