Why an MBA and why now?

By Jenna Hattingh, MBA Class of 2018

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the benefit that this MBA would provide. It began with the module ‘tackling global challenges’ where I was able to spend hours (and hours) researching one of my favourite topics – Climate Change. The amount of knowledge that was gained both during the course and in the research thereafter broadened my perspective and allowed me to develop my understanding on topics that I had previously misunderstood. This trend has continued throughout the course, and I now appreciate how skills can be developed through research, trial and error and even the occasional failure.

The pressure of workload, deadlines, and team dynamics makes you a stronger person. You may need to adjust your expectations and learn about other peoples personalities, and what is required to manage those personalities within the work environment (self-restraint in most cases).¬† Interpersonal relationships are just as important as quality of work in environments where teamwork is encouraged. These lessons are ones you most certainly cant learn at home. Some people will inspire you… Some will challenge you… And some will become your greatest friends.

FT Preview – Teaching the Impact of Climate Change to the Leaders of Tomorrow

What happened yesterday had been anticipated for a long time. The opening of the United Nations’ 21st Conference of the Parties (or COP21 in a nutshell) in Paris yesterday evidences how urgent the need to tackle climate change has become. A recent paper in Nature shows how horrendous the economic and human cost of climate change would be – with about a quarter of the world’s GDP wiped off by 2100 and the burden of the cost falling onto the world’s poorest countries left to pay the price for it.

Teaching the Impact of Climate Change to the business leaders of tomorrow

While the Financial¬†Times gave editorial prominence¬†(subscription req’d) to its coverage of the opening of COP21, it also features an article more focused on MBA programmes that that deliver a more sustainable approach to business and management education.

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