Programme provides immediate benefits
Thirty-eight-year-old Patrick Vizzone graduated from the Manchester Business School MBA programme in 2006. The commercial leader, structured finance Asia for GE Capital, explains that the programme has had a positive effect on his career.
'As I was working at the same time as studying I was able to apply what I was learning in class immediately to the workplace - this helps in a number of perspectives,' he says. 'Firstly, it helps in terms of your efficiency and depth of knowledge which will directly help your career track. Secondly, it helps to cement what you have learnt in the classroom.'
Another major benefit of the programme, he says, is that it is a blended learning programme, with online elements and face-to-face workshop in different international centres. Professors and tutors are flown out from the English city of Manchester to deliver workshops to students, who are expected to spend a lot of their time working in teams, in the workshops and in their own time.
'Any respectable MBA programme must involve a team-based learning environment, and the Manchester MBA delivered that. This is where part-time MBAs fall flat - they can't create that sort of environment. We had local classes with local support, all taught by the university's lecturers from Manchester, so [they were] of a very high standard.'
Vizzone, who took his MBA in Hong Kong, but works in Tokyo, applauds the programme's global outlook and approach to study which benefits students such as him.
Fitting his studies around a busy work schedule was tough, and Vizzone suggests to any prospective MBA student that they consider the time that will be needed to complete the course.
'Any MBA programme worth its salt is going to be tough and you need to be organised and dedicated to it,' he says. 'The team learning environment can help as you can rely on your teammates and they can rely on you. It's not easy though, but definitely workable if you're committed.'
For him, it is all worth it, as the Manchester MBA will benefit graduates throughout their careers. 'In the workplace it helps you to analyse large volumes of information quickly and helps you hone your critical thinking abilities. It also provides confidence to your employer that you are dedicated and have acquired a body of knowledge from a reputable school, and Manchester is very much that.'