It’s great to see our new cohort of MBA students starting to get involved with the 2017 programme. We started formal learning last week with a module in which we discussed global challenges: economics and inequality, social change, technology and climate. Four expert guest speakers joined us to bring their perspective on each of these. The speakers came from Oxfam, IBM the UK Met Office as well as our own academic team.
We’re a truly global group this year; people from 21 countries have come to Exeter to join the full time MBA. This diversity brought a lot to our classroom debate; maybe too much, as most of the guest sessions ran over time with participants from different parts of the world contributing their perspectives. It all came together on the last afternoon when each study group presented their views on the challenges.
I think this kind of debate is important at the start of an MBA where many of the participants want to build their ability to make positive change in the world. Being clear on the challenges we face and hearing others’ perspective on these helps us understand and shape our own opportunities and the skills we look to gain from the MBA to pursue these.
Written By Stuart Robinson