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Director of MBA, University of Southampton, Exclusive Interview!

Posted by: provided the Director of MBA at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton with a questionnaire during his stay in Bangalore. The following is the questionnaire and the responses from the Director of MBA at Southampton Business School, exclusively given to Careerindia.

1. Is an MBA necessary to succeed in life?
Any education in life is good and will help individuals to achieve their goals. An MBA is a useful programme for individuals who have work experience and who would like to progress to more senior management positions or support the development of their own businesses.

The Southampton MBA offers individuals the opportunity to build global networks and see both UK, European and international organisations in action. Developing managerial skill sets and engaging with groups from all over the world will enhance students profile.

2. How relevant is MBA to India in today's economy?
India is a growing economy that is based on a mix of family businesses, start-ups, and international business. With an agenda to be a global business hub, individuals need the skill sets to build strong and sustainable organisations.

The Southampton MBA provides students with an opportunity to mix with individuals from many different countries. We help students to understand the complex challenges the business world is facing and how these can be addressed in a sustainable and in an ethical way.

The experiences of our academics and of other students can support Indian students to develop strategies that support the growth in India.

3. Which one of the undergraduate and Post graduate degree programme is most opted by international students and why do you think it is so?
Business programmes and engineering programmes are generally very much sought after. However, the University of Southampton host students from over 120 countries. This means all of our programmes are of interest and have international students.

4. The postgraduate programme University is offering is 1 year, while most of the other prominent countries for higher education offer MBA as a 2 year course. Why is the difference and how is it beneficial?
Our MBA is one year as this means students are faster to the market place and the opportunity cost of not having an income for two consecutive years is reduced. Our approach to education will develop skills beyond the subject content.

Studying an intense programme in one year will support students in developing resilience, time management skills and an ability to focus.

Director of MBA, University of Southampton

5. Why Southampton? How is it different from other B Schools in UK?
We are a leading international business school with more than 60 nationalities represented in its student body. We are ranked highly for our international research which means our academics are working at the frontier of knowledge in their respective fields.

Our motto of "Rigour with Relevance" ensures that students receive business education that has relevance to tackling business challenges in the real world. Many of our academics also come with many years of industry experience further enhancing students knowledge and skills.

6. As there is a decline in the number of Indian students to India, what are steps you are taking to attract Indian or any international students?
The Southampton Business School academic staff visits India at least twice a year. We also have a dedicated International Officer who has worked with India for many years. We understand the challenges Indian students face to come to the UK and support them in their efforts.

7. Give us a brief note about the scholarships you are providing for international students.
We offer generous scholarships for Indian students based on academic merit. The scholarships range from between £3,000 - £5,000. Students don't need to apply for these as these are applied automatically when we review students' application.

About Professor Edgar Meyer - Director of MBA, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton (UK)

Professor Edgar Meyer is the Director of MBA at the University of Southampton's Business School and teaches on a variety of subjects in Human Resource Business (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB) with an emphasis on Leadership, Teamwork, Collaborative Working, and Change Business in Organisations.

About Southampton Business School, University of Southampton (UK)

Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton is one of the UK's leading management schools, with high academic standards and an impressive success rate in educating tomorrow's business leaders.

The University of Southampton is a world class Russell Group University ranked 94th in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, and one of only 43 universities in the UK to carry the prestigious AMBA accredited MBA programme.

For further information, visit University of Southampton

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