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20 Nov 2006

International profile expands as MBA students in eastern Europe graduate

The graduation of the latest of the OU Business School’s MBA students – in Bucharest, Romania – has given a new boost to the international profile of the School.

The 22 students were awarded their Master of Business Administration on Friday, November 16, at a degree ceremony at which guests included Professor James Fleck, the School’s Dean.

The graduates all studied for their MBA in English through CODECS (the Centre for Open Distance Education for a Civic Society), the OU Business School’s partner in Romania. Their graduation brings to 129 the number of the School’s MBA graduates in Romania.

The ceremony was the latest example of the School’s successful partnerships across Europe, said Professor Fleck. The MBA graduates in Romania have joined a truly international group of the School’s alumni who are enjoying the benefits of the School’s renowned business and management education, he added.

CODECS is a major provider of management education in Romania and offers the OU Business School MBA and the School’s Professional Certificate in Management and Professional Diploma in Management through 11 study centres.

The OU Business School and CODECS aim to provide a high quality and internationally recognised programme of management education for active managers in the emerging free market economy.

The Bucharest ceremony followed a similar event in Moscow earlier this month. There, 49 students were presented with their MBA awards, having studied through the School’s partner in Russia – the International Institute of Management LINK.

The ceremonies are among more than 20 that are held for Open University graduates in the UK and internationally each year.

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.

CODECS, which operates in association with the University of Bucharest, functions as a private organisation to offer OU Business School programmes to fulfil the requirements of the evolving Romanian economy for skilled managerial staff.

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