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03 Mar 2015

The Open University Business School celebrates 25,000 MBA graduates in 25 years

Celebrating 25 years

Celebrating 25 years

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is celebrating the impact of its flagship MBA as it marks the silver anniversary of the programme, having seen 25,000 students* from 128 countries graduate since it first launched.

Today (Tuesday 3 March) over 200 MBA Alumni will be marking this significant milestone in the history of the OUBS’s truly global MBA at an event combining celebrations with updates on latest business and management thinking, hosted by Dean of The Open University Business School, Professor Rebecca Taylor.

Reflecting on the growth and evolution of the MBA programme since it was first launched in 1989, Professor Taylor said:
“As the only triple-accredited** business school that specialises in flexible learning, the OUBS is home to a hugely diverse, determined and successful MBA Alumni community. We are proud of their achievements and the immensely positive impact they have made to their organisations and the communities they serve.

“Over the past 25 years we have evolved our MBA to reflect the development and diversification of global practices and we have led the way as the world of learning has changed, embracing technology to help our students – wherever they are – transform their careers.
“It is wonderful to meet so many of our loyal MBA graduates who continue to share a sense of community and who are dedicated to their ongoing professional development.”

The event is being held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in Marble Arch, London and includes presentations from MBA alumni as well as academic input derived from new MBA short courses including: ‘Management beyond the mainstream’ and ‘Sustainable creative management’.

A further international anniversary event for alumni will be held at the British Embassy in Berlin in April 2015 due to the extensive German network of the OUBS. British Consul General (Munich) and fellow MBA graduate, Paul Heardman will be delivering the keynote speech; he said:
“The OUBS is an excellent example of one of the great success stories of British exports – high quality business education with a global perspective – so we are delighted to host this event in the Embassy. For me personally, it is great to be involved in the anniversary as my MBA study with the OUBS was a hugely enriching experience and provided me with tools and insights, which I still employ on a daily basis in my role as British Consul General in Germany. Quite honestly, it is one of the best things I have ever done!”

The anniversary coincides with the launch of the ‘MBA Explorer iPad’ App, with a uniquely interactive design equipping prospective students with all of the information they need to consider before selecting the right MBA for them.

For more information on the anniversary of the MBA programme from the OUBS, please visit the website at www.open.ac.uk/mba25.
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Notes to editors

*24,900 MBA graduate in 128 countries (based on January 2015 data). The OUBS will achieve 25,000 MBA graduates by the end of this academic year (July 2015)

**The OUBS is one of a select group of schools worldwide accredited by the three leading international accrediting bodies – AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS – hallmarks of quality of teaching, learning materials and qualification impact

About The Open University Business School:
The Open University Business School (OUBS) is expert in developing professionals through flexible, world-class business and management education that transforms careers and organisations by enabling individuals to learn and remain in fulltime employment.

The OUBS qualifications and Executive Education programme are underpinned by rigorous research, which was ranked 16 out of 101 UK institutions for impact in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The Open University (OU) and the OUBS have a global reputation for impact and quality. 80% of FTSE 100 companies have developed their workforce with the OU, and 30,000 UK employers – including NHS and O2 – have collaborated with the OU to develop their staff.

The OUBS is one of a select group of schools worldwide accredited by the three leading international accrediting bodies – AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS – hallmarks of quality of teaching, learning materials and qualification impact. It is the only triple-accredited business school that specialises in flexible learning and is home to almost 25,000 MBA graduates in 128 countries (based on January 2015 data).

The OUBS continues to offer the most popular part time and distance learning BA in Business Studies in the UK (according to latest available HESA data), recently expanding its Postgraduate portfolio to include specialist Masters in Finance and Human Resource Management, and an MBA in Healthcare Leadership.

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