13 Nov 2006

Latest OU Business School MBA graduates in Russia celebrate success

A total of 49 OU Business School MBA students are celebrating their graduation as they join a growing international cohort among the School’s alumni.

The students were presented with their Master of Business Administration awards at a degree ceremony held at the British Embassy in Moscow on Friday, November 10. The graduates have all studied for their MBA in English through the OU Business School’s partner in Russia – the International Institute of Management LINK.

Their graduation brings to 255 the number of OU Business School MBA graduates in Russia. At the ceremony, the graduates were joined by Sian MacLeod, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy; James Kennedy, a director of the British Council; and Professor Linda Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Curriculum and Awards) for The Open University.

The School’s MBA students in Russia study in English, and School tutors fly to Russia for face-to-face tutorials. Students attend residential schools held in the UK and Europe; there, they have the opportunity to meet and network with MBA students from across the world.

LINK is a major provider of management education in Russia and offers the OU Business School MBA, Professional Certificate in Management and Professional Diploma in Management through more than 90 study centres in eight time zones. More than 6,100 people are currently studying the School’s courses through LINK.

The achievements of the 49 MBA graduates have been recognised by Professor James Fleck, Dean of the OU Business School. He said: “The School is proud to offer an internationally recognised programme of management education, which continues to attract a high calibre of students throughout Russia and the former republics of the USSR.”

Editor’s Notes
The OU Business School is one of Europe’s leading business schools and the major provider of management development programmes delivered by supported open learning. It is one of an elite group of UK and European business schools to hold the prestigious triple of:
- accreditation from the US-based AACSB International;
- the EQUIS quality kitemark from the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd);
- and accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for its MBA.

The OU Business School has 30,000 students in the UK and more than 30 countries. Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an OU Business School course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level; of those, 17,000 have successfully completed their MBA and joined one of the three largest alumni associations for MBA graduates outside the United States.

The International Institute of Management LINK has engineered a massive expansion of management development training throughout Russia. Since 1992, about 55,000 Russian students have studied OU Business School courses through LINK.

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