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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Griffith Business School Student Leadership Program gives students the edge in tough job market

In a job market full of qualified applicants, it can be difficult to get your resume to stand out from the crowd. But a Griffith Business School program is helping to change all that.

The two-year Student Leadership Program aims to give its members the life and job skills to stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Georgia Newell knows firsthand just how beneficial the program has been to increasing her skill set as she progresses through her dual Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government & International Relations degree.

Leadership program gives Griffith Business students the edge in tough job market

Griffith Student Leaders on the Borneo Project. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“The Student Leadership Program has given me real-world professional experiences. I’ve been to networking events, and interacted with alumni of Griffith, so now I know how to interact with people in the workforce and also through seminars, develop my professional skills,” she explains.

“I know that if I go out into the world I will be able to do public speaking, I am already able to set up my personal brand, I know how to do my LinkedIn and so on. This program has really set me up to be able to take that next step into my career instead of finishing uni and being unsure of where I want to go next.”

The program gives students the opportunity to learn new skills through business-themed seminars, as well as offering overseas experiences, camps, and volunteering work.

Georgia recently travelled to Borneo as part of the GBS Leadership Program, an experience she said was a highlight of her whole university experience so far.

“It really just made me so aware how other cultures deal with things,” she says. “Professionally it has definitely changed my life because it’s made me more globally aware.”

She says being a part of the program has been life changing. “It’s honestly shaped my whole university life and even my future career. It’s made me so much happier at university and made me feel like I belong here.”

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of International Business student Alvin Yap, who also travelled to Borneo, says he’s really expanded his horizons thanks to the program.

“During my time as a student leader, I’ve learned networking skills, attended GBS alumni breakfasts, met with former students who are now in the business world,” he says. And that’s important, he says, because “in today’s business world it’s often not just what you know but who you know.”

All students who participate in the leadership program contribute to various volunteer projects that, apart from adding a socially responsible element to their resumes, also serve to provide them with an emotionally rewarding experience.

Georgia says she thinks that participating in the program will definitely give her an edge in the job market when it comes time to graduate, and she couldn’t have imagined her university experience without it.

“This program has really let me build that bridge between university and professional life,” she says.

Griffith Business School

Griffith Business School’s new $38-million building on the Gold Coast campus is setting the standard for business education, research and industry collaboration in Australia. More than 4,500 Gold Coast-based business students have access to world-leading resources including an advanced financial trading centre, a dedicated Griffith MBA and postgraduate teaching suite, technology-rich seminar and public lecture spaces,  international conferencing and dialogue facilities and much more.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Griffith Tourism students head for the high seas

Griffith Business School students will take to the high seas next year aboard a luxury cruise liner for a 12-day South Pacific experience to study firsthand key aspects of the booming cruise industry.

“Cruise Industry Experience” is the latest innovative experiential course from Griffith’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management (HSL) and is co-convened by Professor David Weaver and Associate Professor Laura Lawton.

According to Professor Weaver, the course will be among the first of its kind for an Australian university by delivering most of the lectures and seminars on board a cruise ship during a 12-day South Pacific cruise.

Griffith Tourism students head for the high seas

Griffith University students will get a firsthand look at the booming cruise industry through the innovative on-board Cruise Industry Experience course (Photo: Griffith University)

“This is really exciting because the students get to experience the cruise industry directly as a consumer, and at the same time they also get vital exposure to the production of the contemporary cruise experience,” said Professor Weaver.

He is expecting 24 students to sign up for the Cruise Industry Experience course, which will provide real-time exposure and insight into industry structure and trends, as well as supply chains, ship operations, revenue generation strategies, market segmentation, marketing, the passenger experience and risk management.

“The economic, environmental and sociocultural sustainability of the industry will also be assessed from diverse stakeholder perspectives,” said Professor Weaver.

Course open to all Griffith students

“For our HSL majors it’s an optional core course, but can be taken as an elective by other Griffith Business School and Griffith students.”

Students will have twin-share accommodation aboard Royal Caribbean’s MS Voyager of the Seas, which will depart Sydney on Jan. 31 for a 12-day cruise that will stop at Noumea and Lifou in New Caledonia, Lautoka and Suva in Fiji and Mystery Island in Vanuatu.

“We chose Royal Caribbean because it is the second-biggest cruise operator in the world and has a reputation for producing the most innovative and largest ships,” said Professor Weaver.

Lectures at sea

Morning and afternoon lectures will be held during the six days at sea, while students will be encouraged to undertake on-shore excursions at each port of call to examine first-hand the impact on local communities of cruise ship tourism.

“Some students will take the history route while some will take an island tour to explore what each island has to offer,” said Professor Weaver.

“This is real-time learning. We want the students to explore as many aspects of the industry as possible, including the effects on local communities as passengers are encouraged to stay in the cruise bubble as they go onshore.

“We’d like our students to examine for themselves how this is played out at the local level. In the evenings, we will catch up with the students for a one-hour seminar to discuss their findings.”

The course is open to all Griffith students as a free-choice elective course and to exchange and study abroad students as a Griffith Global Mobility short-term course.

Griffith Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management is a multi-award winning provider of degrees in the fields of

  • event and sport management
  • property and real estate
  • tourism and hotel management

Crowned Australia’s best tourism educator at the 2010 National Tourism Awards, the department has also been inducted into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame, after winning the Tourism Education award for three consecutive years.

The department attracts the nation’s largest student cohort in hotel- and tourism-related degrees. Accreditation from the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are further testimony to the quality of degrees on offer.

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Friday, June 10th, 2016

Central bank symposium a first for Griffith Business School

Griffith Business School is bringing together a group of senior South Pacific central bankers in an inaugural symposium that will explore the opportunities and challenges facing the region in the 21st Century.

The event, the first of its kind convened by an Australian tertiary institution, is being hosted in Brisbane by Griffith Business School and is a major step in enhancing the collaborative framework of engagement established by Griffith Asia Institute’s South Pacific Studies Group (SPSG) in 2012.

Central bank symposium a first for Griffith Business School

Dr Pamendra Sharma, Head of the Griffith Asia Institute’s South Pacific Studies group (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The symposium, to be held in Brisbane on June 10, will feature the Deputy Governors from the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu and the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, and a senior representative from the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Symposium Convenor Dr Pamendra Sharma, who in his capacity as head of SPSG has worked with central banks in the Pacific over the past four years, said the symposium was a critical step in enhancing the resources available to central banks to develop relevant financial sector and economic growth policies for the region.

Dr Sharma said intensive engagement and collaboration had already been undertaken by Griffith Business School in this field, particularly with the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF).

“We have four joint working papers with the RBF and we are planning to draft at least two with Reserve Bank of Vanuatu later this year,” said Dr Sharma. “Central Bank of Solomon Islands is also keen to collaborate with us and we have identified some topics of interest.”

The symposium will attract delegates from the Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Representatives from major Australian banks also will be in attendance.

“This is an area of importance, particularly in view of the 2016 Defence White Paper which encourages Australian engagement with the region to enhance regional economic and political stability,” said Dr Sharma.

“Part of the process is formally training regional central banks in research skills and to enhance professional development. In the case of RBF, we have been able to successfully apply for an Australia Awards Fellowship through DFAT.

“Through the Fellowship, we were able to bring six colleagues from RBF to Griffith University last year and were able to provide some formal training in research.

“A lack of resources is the biggest challenge confronting these central banks, so we are trying to enhance their experience, qualifications and skills.

“They would like their research departments to function at the level of the RBA. This research work is critical for policy formation and it becomes a credible basis for developing policy.”

Griffith Business School Pro Vice Chancellor David Grant said the symposium represented a significant opportunity to coordinate research and share experiences among key banking and finance representatives from the South Pacific region.

“It is an important initiative for the region. We are delighted to be able to host this signature event and to be part of something that leverages Griffith Business School’s highly regarded expertise in the government finance sector,” said Professor Grant.

The success of this inaugural symposium could lead to an expansion of the event in future years. Dr Sharma said he would like to see a two-day conference hosted annually to assist in the development of financial sector and economic growth policies across the South Pacific region.

The symposium will be held at the Ship Inn on Brisbane’s South Bank on June 10 from 10:30 a.m.

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Griffith MBA backs endangered orangutans through carbon offset

Indonesian orangutans, whose future existence was endangered by forest fires in 2015, are among the beneficiaries of a Griffith MBA decision to offset the effect of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Griffith MBA was the first Australian MBA program to offset its carbon footprint, and has now completed two comprehensive assessments of its emissions over a 12-month period.

Griffith MBA backs endangered orangutans through carbon offset

By offsetting its carbon footprint, the Griffith MBA is supporting an endangered orangutan in Indonesia (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The latest report, produced by energy and carbon management consultancy Pangolin Associates, shows a total of 366 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e) attributed to the operations of the MBA program for the 2013-14 year, a 67-tonne reduction on the previous assessment.

The 366 total has been offset through the purchase of certified carbon credits from two innovative, Asian-based projects, following consultation with Griffith MBA students and alumni.

Gansu Zhangye Heihe Longhui Small Scale Hydropower Project in regional China and the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve on Borneo Island are the beneficiaries of the Griffith Business School initiative.

Core values

“We pride ourselves on the program’s core values, which includes a commitment to sustainable business practice,” Associate Professor Chris Fleming, Griffith MBA Director, said. “This offset is also consistent with the MBA’s Asia-Pacific focus.

“Sustainable business practice is not just about environmental sustainability. It is also about being socially sustainable and both of these projects speak to this principle.

“The continued viability of the Indonesian project, for example, is important as it means an economic boost for the local community whether it is money earned on the reserve that improves livelihoods, employment created or new levels of food security that improve health,” Associate Professor Fleming said.

“In addition, the training and educational benefits for the community are significant, not least through the confidence it generates.”

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project preserves carbon-dense tropical peat swamp by helping to prevent deforestation at a 47,000-hectare site earmarked for development into a palm oil plantation.

The site is also home to Indonesia’s largest private orangutan sanctuary. Raging fires in dense Borneo forest last October threatened one third of the world’s remaining wild orangutans, according to conservationists.

Leadership

In the case of the China-based hydropower project, the water resources of the Heihe River are used to generate and supply the electricity, which would otherwise be produced by coal-fired plants. “Projects such as this one need to be supported to help level the playing field in the ongoing duel with coal production.”

Associate Professor Fleming says the offset initiative should engage current or aspiring MBA student aiming to progress their careers into business management leadership roles.

“Any MBA student looking for innovation, responsibility and progress will see the Griffith MBA is an MBA for the 21st century, not an MBA stuck in the eighties.

“There is an onus on the global business sector now to take and demonstrate responsibility. You won’t get away with activities that are less than responsible today.”

Griffith MBA

Like all MBAs, the Griffith MBA explores all the business disciplines you would expect—accounting and reporting, economics, finance, people management, marketing, strategy and innovation. However, what makes the Griffith MBA different is that it’s built on core values that are crucial to modern business: sustainable business practices; responsible leadership; and global orientation—particularly, the potential impacts of the Asian century.

Program: Master of Business Administration
Location: South Bank Campus, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Griffith in partnership on sustainable tourism

Griffith University Institute for Tourism (GIFT) has entered into a strategic partnership with EarthCheck, the world’s leading certification and business advisory group for sustainable tourism.

Griffith Business School

Professor Susanne Becken (Photo: Griffith University)

GIFT Director Professor Susanne Becken said the agreement will allow both parties to collaborate on research and development projects in the field of sustainable tourism and environmental management.

“EarthCheck holds the world’s most comprehensive database with environmental metrics collected from their international client network over more than 15 years of operation,” Professor Becken said.

“This will give our students practical experience in the most advanced measurement tools, and practical operational insights.”

Through its global strategic partnerships, GIFT’s structure and research programs are designed to ensure high industry and policy relevance. Following the triple bottom line concept, the key areas of impact of research undertaken at GIFT reflect economic, social and environmental dimensions.

During 2016, GIFT and EarthCheck will focus on three core research and consulting projects:

  1. Research into the relationship between water and energy use at major hotel groups
  2. Developing the tourism workforce of the future through labour and skills development, certification and mobility in the APEC region
  3. Development of a global sustainable travel and tourism indicator set

Professor Becken will present the latest findings on global greenhouse gas emissions and corporate social responsibility at the upcoming Inner Circle 2016 forum in April 2016, an annual think-tank hosted by EarthCheck for its members.

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Find out more about environmental management or business degrees available at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Global warming could occur more quickly than expected

Global warming could occur more quickly than expected, according to a new model which is the first to include “energy use per person” as a predictive factor.

The model forecasts that population and economic growth combined with rising energy use per person could significantly increase global energy demand and COemissions, causing the world average temperature to rise by 1.5 degrees by as early as 2020.

Griffith environmental sciences

The world is on track to reach dangerous levels of global warming much sooner than expected, according to new research. (Image: Griffith University)

The model was developed by Dr Liam Wagner from Griffith Business School’s Department Accounting, Finance and Economics and Professor Ben Hankamer from the University of Queensland.

Dr Wagner said the model challenged the assumption that increases in energy efficiency and conversion would offset increases in demand.

“We have successfully applied our model to world energy demand from 1950–2010 and demonstrated that increases in energy efficiency alone don’t offset the surge in in energy use per person,” he said.

“Simply put, as we get more efficient at manufacturing, goods get cheaper and we buy more.”

Nations at the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change agreed to keep the rise in global average temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably limiting it to 1.5 degrees to protect island states.

“Our model shows we may have less time left than expected to prevent world temperature from rising above these thresholds,” Professor Hankamer said.

“World population is forecast to increase to over 9 billion people by 2050, which, together with international pro-growth strategies, will lead to continually increasing energy demand.”

Professor Hankamer said it was vital to move from CO2-emitting fossil fuels and tap into renewable resources to accommodate these increases while controlling temperature.

“The sun is by far the largest renewable energy source,” he said.

“In just two hours it delivers enough solar energy to the Earth’s surface to power the entire global economy for a year—and now is the time to make the switch.

“A cost-neutral strategy that governments should consider to fast track this transition is diverting the $500 billion used to subsidise the fossil fuel industry internationally to assist the global renewable sector.”

Dr Wagner said massive increases in energy consumption would be necessary to alleviate poverty for the nearly 50 per cent of the world’s population who live on less than $2.50 a day.

“We have a choice: leave people in poverty and speed towards dangerous global warming through the increased use of fossil fuels, or transition rapidly to renewables.

The research has been published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Learn more about studying environmental sciences or business at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

New Pro Vice Chancellor of Griffith Business School focuses on employability and digital innovation

New Pro Vice Chancellor Professor David Grant has set his sights on delivering an outstanding learning experience for students at Griffith Business School, one characterised by an increased focus on employability and the potential of new technology to deliver content in innovative and practical ways.

High-impact research is also a top priority as he aims to bring more of the school’s academic expertise to bear on industry—both the private and public sectors—and on the not-for-profit sector.

Griffith Business School

New Pro Vice Chancellor Professor David Grant (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Professor Grant joined Griffith University in January from the University of NSW where he was the Senior Deputy Dean at the Australian School of Business. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is internationally recognised for his expertise in organisational change and leadership.

“We have to move quickly and with innovation into the digital space to provide programs that are attractive to potential students; students who are comfortable with digital technology, and who increasingly expect us to use technology in ways that provide flexible study opportunities and enrich the experience of learning.”

Growing expectations

A new PwC report, commissioned by the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association, recently stressed the importance of universities meeting the growing expectations of students in terms of employment outcomes after graduation and access to an online education that is useful in a work context.

“We’ve got to think very carefully about what we teach and how we teach,” said Professor Grant, who pinpointed the need to produce graduates with the skills, knowledge and attributes that enable them to contribute to an economy increasingly driven by digital innovation.

Further, he called for the development of soft skills among students to complement the business acumen learned in the classroom, and pointed to work-integrated learning as an integral part of any student experience.

“Employers today want someone who has had hands-on experience and exposure to the workplace, be that in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors,” he said. “They now require high-calibre graduates who not only exhibit cutting edge professional knowledge, but who also demonstrate key interpersonal skills and competencies such as leadership, an ability to work in teams and an ability to think critically and to be creative.”

Students can also look forward to the rewards of a curriculum enriched by heightened levels of engagement between Griffith Business School and the business community as Professor Grant seeks to bring more industry practitioners into the classroom to share their experience and knowledge and draws on the business school’s large alumni base as a means by which to help expand the mentoring and career advice opportunities available to those studying business degrees at Griffith.

Engagement

Professor Grant’s engagement agenda also extends to research. “Engagement should lead to high-impact research that has demonstrable effect; research that has real-life value,” he said.

Griffith Business School already does this extremely well where, in partnership with industry, we are working to understand their strategic environment and concentrate our research efforts on producing results and findings that influence policy and change the way companies and other organisations are run. We want to increase our activity in this respect; doing so is commensurate with our aim of engaging in scholarship and education that benefits the economy and society.”

Understanding and keeping pace with the complex and rapidly evolving state of competition in the tertiary education sector is also high on Professor Grant’s agenda as the influence of international providers emerges as a player in the domestic market.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead as we strive to establish Griffith Business School as an internationally recognised premier provider of business education in Australia and the Asia region.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead such an outstanding group of academic and professional staff who are so clearly passionate about Griffith Business School and committed to its success.

“I’m confident that we can take advantage of the many exciting opportunities that are emerging in the business education sector and that we can build on the terrific foundations already put in place by my predecessor, Professor Michael Powell.”

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Friday, November 20th, 2015

New ranking boost for Griffith MBA

The Griffith MBA’s reputation as one of the country’s leading programs has been reinforced with the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) 5-Star rankings for 2015.

Griffith Business School is one of seven in Australia to receive top billing in the annual rankings.

Griffith Business School

MBA Director Chris Fleming says the latest GMAA rankings confirm the Griffith MBA’s reputation as one of the best in the country (Photo credit: Griffith University)

This follows the September announcement that the Griffith MBA was rated number four in Australia in the 2015 Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA survey.

“The GMAA rating is based upon a detailed independent quality assessment of the top business schools in Australia,” Griffith MBA Director Associate Professor Chris Fleming said.

“It provides insight to prospective MBA students about the quality of the program and maintains our position of being nationally recognised as one of the best MBAs in the country, reaffirming our recent BOSS Magazine result.”

GMAA carries out an assessment of the top business schools in Australia as part of its mission to promote the standing of and enhance the value of MBA, DBA and other postgraduate management qualifications.

The process is recognised as a rigorous, independent evaluation across the country.

“Like the BOSS ranking the GMAA rating is in part based on surveys of alumni, demonstrating the success we have had with engaging our students and delivering a high quality program,” Associate Professor Fleming said.

In the BOSS ranking, Griffith’s MBA was the big mover inside the top 10, climbing into the top five for the first time.

“Our program is set apart from others because of our three core values which have remained constant as the program has been restructured and updated to meet the needs of modern, digital-savvy students,” Associate Professor Fleming said.

The core values of responsible leadership, sustainable business practice and a global orientation with an Asia Pacific focus are integral to how the Griffith MBA is delivered.

Griffith MBA

Like all MBAs, the Griffith MBA explores all the business disciplines you would expect—accounting and reporting, economics, finance, people management, marketing, strategy and innovation. However, what makes the Griffith MBA different is that it’s built on core values that are crucial to modern business: sustainable business practices; responsible leadership; and global orientation—particularly, the potential impacts of the Asian century.

Program: Master of Business Administration
Location: Southbank Campus, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years

Apply to Griffith Business School!

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Are you interested in studying at Griffith Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information at Rachel rachel@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Take off with Griffith University exchange program

Win 1 of 5 $10,000 international study experiences

Broaden your business horizons with an international study experience. Absorb and encounter a different life and culture in a new learning environment. Spend from one week to one year overseas with opportunities including student exchanges, study tours, international internships and community programs. And you’ll receive credit towards your degree.

International exchange

Griffith’s Exchange Program allows you to study overseas with a partner institution for one or two semesters, or during the semester break. With a choice of almost 200 institutions across 41 countries, discover where your Griffith degree can take you.

International internships

Griffith Business School offers Global Mobility Business Internships to destinations such as Bali, Germany, Korea and China. You’ll learn how to operate in an international business environment giving you valuable skills in the employment market.

International study tours

The tourism and events industry is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sectors in Australia, and internationally. Griffith Business School gives you the opportunity for hands-on learning through cruise ship study tours in South-East Asia and fieldwork in international tourism hotspots such as Italy.

International community internship

Apply your academic learning for the benefit of others and develop an understanding of how you can contribute to local and international communities through a Community Internship.

How do you enter?

There are five $10,000 international study experiences to be won. You’ll automatically enter the draw when you accept your offer to study an eligible Griffith Business School bachelor degree in Semester 1 2016.

Eligible business degrees include the following and their double degree combinations:

  • Bachelor of Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Government and International Relations
  • Bachelor of International Business
  • Bachelor of Tourism and International Relations

You must accept your offer by January 19, 2016 to be eligible to win.

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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

New director takes reins of Griffith MBA

Reinforcing the core values that drive the Griffith MBA program is a natural step for new Director Associate Professor Chris Fleming, who sees the Griffith MBA as very much a program for its time.

Associate Professor Fleming believes the values on which Griffith Business School was founded have stood strong in the wake of 2008’s Global Financial Crisis and are as relevant today as any time previously.

Griffith MBA

Griffith’s new MBA Director Associate Professor Chris Fleming (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“Around the world there was widespread dissatisfaction, often led by students, with how business schools were run after the GFC,” he says. “A genuine demand for a shift in the focus of business schools emerged, where a responsible, holistic approach to business and business thinking was now a priority.

“This was signalled strongest through the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Gordon Gecko’s ‘greed is good’ mantra was consigned to the trash heap. Business schools couldn’t ignore it anymore.”

The Griffith MBA was well positioned to embrace this social spirit, with its established structure around three core values of responsible leadership, sustainable business practice and a global orientation with an Asia-Pacific focus.

“We infuse our business leaders with these values, which are integrated through all of the MBA courses from sustainability to economics,” Chris Fleming says. “Our MBA is driven by these values and the values of the academic staff teaching into it. These values are up front and central to every discussion with every student.”

The values have remained constant as the structure of the MBA program has been revisited on the back of the digital revolution. In November last year, Griffith University took online education to a new level to meet the fast-changing needs of a modern, global student community.

A sophisticated new online MBA program opened the door for students to start their studies when and where they wanted.

“Digital education is both the biggest opportunity and the biggest challenge going forward,” Chris Fleming, an applied micro-economist, says.

“As our program evolves in step with the demands of digital education during the decade ahead, I expect the MBA experience for Griffith students to continue to improve, keeping the Griffith MBA ahead of the pack.”

High ranking

The Griffith MBA has stood out from the crowd on a range of fronts during the past two years. It is the highest-ranking Australian MBA in the Aspen Institute’s Centre of Business Education’s most recent Beyond Grey Pinstripes Global 100 list, ranking at 26 due to its focus on responsible leadership, sustainability business practices and the Asia-Pacific region.

It was also ranked in Australia’s top 10 by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA survey; it featured in CEO Magazine’s top 20 Global MBA Rankings for 2015; and was shortlisted for the inaugural Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards last year.

After taking out a Green Gown Award in 2013, the program’s credentials were consolidated when—in a first for an Australian MBA program—it offset the effect of its greenhouse gas emissions.

“Business leaders have a responsibility to not only look after the balance sheet and their shareholders, but also to look after the planet and the community where they live and operate,” Associate Professor Fleming says.

“Because of its heritage, Griffith University is ideally placed to continue to deliver the best MBA in the country. And with our new online model, there is no reason why someone in Asia, Europe or Africa cannot do an MBA at Griffith.”

Program: Master of Business Administration
Location: Southbank Campus, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years

Apply to Griffith Business School!

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Are you interested in studying at Griffith Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about business programs Australian universities. Email Rachel rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.