A network of peers
Launched in partnership with Queen Mary University of London and now in its fifth intake, the Global MBA has students from 70 different countries with a wide range of industry experience and academic backgrounds.
“Students can create a real network of peers all over the world,” Koufopoulos notes, “a community with whom they can exchange ideas and which can hopefully lead to business opportunities.”
In addition to learning from one another from different sides of the world, Koufopoulos hopes in the future to introduce an element of face-to-face learning.
“In the medium term, we envisage creating ‘learning weeks’ in different cities, where staff and students come together. We’re hoping to invite students to our first learning week in London next year.”
“The strategic project is the flagship component"
Led by an international faculty, the programme deals with real-life scenarios and decision making, notably through the strategic project.
“The strategic project is the flagship component of the Global MBA,” Koufopoulos tells me. “It’s a business game which the students run in groups, bringing in expertise from all of the different specialisms. Students will be exposed to all of the same issues that managers and executives face in real life.
“The project not only encourages students to develop their business research skills, but also helps to develop communication skills, problem-solving, resource management, teamwork and a host of other skills as applied to business management and corporate decision making.”
Also offering specialist pathways in accountancy, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, law, and leadership, Koufopoulos says that he is excited to lead a programme that will give students "the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities to reach their goals and reshape their career."