After 20 years in the banking industry, John Keith, pictured, was looking for a way to “see the world a bit differently”. He had no intention, however, of putting the brakes on his career as the managing director of Nomura in Australia and taking time out for full-time study. Which is why he chose the University of Sydney’s Global Executive MBA (EMBA).
The EMBA is aimed at executives with more than 10 years’ experience and is taught over a 16-month period in which students complete five two-week intensive modules and a research project. The course diverges from the traditional case-study focused curriculum of most international schools. It’s a hands-on program.
Participants work in a number of businesses during the program’s six modules, three of which are spent overseas. A two-week module in Bangalore gave Keith first-hand experience in how to build a business in developing countries. A module focusing on how to sustain growth took participants to Silicon Valley in the US. The final module was spent in the Languedoc region of France, where Keith was assigned to consult for a boutique olive oil producer. “[In other case-study focused programs] you have bright minds in a classroom reading challenging materials but essentially, you’re still in a classroom. This [course] sees you left immersed in really different situations.”