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În data de 7 Noiembrie 2013 a avut loc Ceremonia de decernare a Diplomelor MBA și a Diplomelor Profesionale în Management din cadrul Programului de MBA al The Open University Business School la Palatul Camerei de Comerț, Sala Al. I. Cuza . Acest eveniment a fost un moment de referință întrucât a încununat eforturile făcute de absolvenți în anii de studiu și totodată a reunit personalități din țară și străinătate, membri ai Corpului Academic Britanic și din România.

Printre invitați, din partea The Open University au participat MICHELLE HENDERSON,  Head of Partnership Management | Business Development Unit și MARK FENTON O’CREEVY, Associate Dean International | The Open University .

Cu cel din urmă am avut plăcerea de a discuta și de a afla câte ceva despre ce înseamnă The Open University Buisiness School și cât de apreciați sunt managerii români:

1.      Which are the programs and courses that OUBS provides in Romania?

We have a MBA and we have in conjunction with Codecs a program in which we provide the materials for a certificate in professional management. The professional studies in management are provided by Codecs in Romanian and our MBA is in English.

2.      Which are the reasons that drive a person to choose a management program? And why would she/he choose OUBS?

Well first of all, people studies for many reasons but when they study a management program is usually because they want to make a progress in their career and they want a better job or to be achieving one of the job.

A very important reason first of all, is important to look at the accreditation which Business School has. Perhaps the most important accrediting organization of business schools are the AACSB in U.S.A. and we have another accreditation EQUIS in Europe and AMBA in U.K. A very few business schools have all of these accreditations.

A second reason is that we teach in a way that people can study part-time and at distance, online, but they have a face-to-face contact as well. And this meen that people can fit their studies around their very busy lives because quite often people want to study for management qualification and to stay working and gain some kind of position, a management position. And they want to be able to study flexible around their work.

Another reason is that increasing business is very international and global, so it makes sense to study in an organization that has a very international curricular and OUBS has a very international curricular. We have students in about a hundred different countries.

3.      At a time when companies around the world are very busy cutting down budgets, are they still interested in business education?

Yes, they are. Actually there is a very particularity reason for business in Romania to be interested in business education which is that Romania has exported a lot of its talent so many business have a tone gap to fill and they confined people to take jobs but not necessary people with right qualification or experiences so I think is really  important if business to have available good quality management education that is very focus on producing practicing managers not academics that can be study well for work because that fill the need for the companies and for individuals.

4.      How did you change your programs and courses to help managers face the new challenges of the business world?

In very many ways, I think first of all, one of the really important challenges of the business world it’s increasing the online communication, so one of the skills that our students learn all the time when they study is engaging in online communication whether is with the tutors or with each other, of course we don’t abandon face to face elements but our programs have a very strong online communication. The second thing is, as I just mention to you, one of the biggest challenges is operating in fast changing international environment so our programs have a very strong international focus as well. We encourage students to understand how business is done to their own country but also to know how is done around the world.

5.      What do you think about the Romanian managers? Do they have the necessary skills to succeed on the competitive markets within the European Union?

Well, I think that are to answers to that. One is that there are many successful Romanians managers working in business around the world and the other answer is that they left a gap behind them.