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Here are some interviews with fellow alumni on the meaning of success:

Alfred Shozi

  • Name: Alfred Shozi
    Title: CEO/ Managing Member
    Company: Shozi Holdings International
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: To dream and living my dream while studying and researching, and working hard.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: Planning, organising, managing, training, strategising and business development.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: Eye-opening courses in the world of business.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: I am able to run and understand the entire business- finance, HR, marketing- and to further develop it.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: The sky is the limit. You have the key in your hands. It is up to you to choose which room you want to open. You need to develop good relationships with the lecturers and always ask if you are unsure about something.

  • Rita Nathan

  • Name: Rita Nathan
    Position: Senior Clinical Executive
    Company: Dr George Mukhari Hospital
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: A happy family, an enjoyable career and an adequate amount of money.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: The bureaucracy and slow pace of change in the public sector.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: The Good: The structured programme, the kind lecturers and my very helpful research supervisor (Dr Maharaj)
    The Bad: The numerous errors in the manuals
    The Ugly: The inconsistency among the examiners when marking assignments.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: It has provided me with more insight into what I do.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: It is only a beneficial program if you’re already in management and have some experience. However, if you are management naïve, it may not make much sense to you and you won’t be able to optimally utilise the knowledge gained. Perserverance is key.

  • Gyanandsing Prayagsing

  • Name: Gyanandsing Prayagsing
    Position: Senior Client Servicer (Assistant Vice President)
    Company: Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A.
    MANCOSA Qualification:

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Success for me is the progressive realisation moral, virtuous and Godly goals leading to happiness, a higher-than-average personal achievement rate and a fulfilling career, all coupled while earning the respect of everyone.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: The most challenging aspect of my job is to maintain the passion to perform which involves high degree of commitment, high level of accuracy and effective and efficient management of people and processes.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: The most striking aspect of the MANCOSA product lies in its people and the quality of the knowledge being shared. With high calibre personnel, MANCOSA is immediately one step ahead of other distance-learning providers and a high quality of materials is just the icing on the cake where one immediately feels the knowledge being acquired.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: I would say without hesitation that the MANCOSA programme, in its entirety, has helped me develop into a mature person and, with the knowledge acquired, I have been able to develop several skills which are now an integral part of my current position. That would include managing change (both people and system), negotiation capabilities, dealing with people and clients as well as involvement is strategy making.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: My message would be to always be in contact with the evolution and changes occurring in the area of management so that they are always up to date with latest processes, products, systems and people.

  • M. Auckbarally

  • Name: Mehdi Hassn Auckbarally
    Position: Corporate Relationship Manager
    Company: Banque des Mascareignes
    MANCOSA Qualification:
    1. Post Graduate Diploma in Management
    2. Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Success means reaping the fruit of an effort whether immediate or at a later stage for which one has toiled for. Success also means achieving something which initially seemed to be beyond one’s capacity, like getting a distinction.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: The most challenging aspects of my job are firstly to meet and, in some areas, to exceed the targets set during a specified period of time and secondly, to always be among the best of the best.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: What has impressed me about the products is that the course contents are very lively in the sense that what we found in books or during seminars, we can see them happening instantly in our daily job. This helps us in understanding and grasping the concept more easily. Also, hats off to the way MANCOSA has simplified the course content so that people can assimilate more easily the different concepts, theories and other aspects of the study programme.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: After completion of any course, a certificate, diploma, or master programme, the certificate awarded is of paramount importance. This will help us climb the hierarchical ladder, get a promotion or an increase in our salary. However, what is more important over an above all these is the character build up from these programmes. One becomes more disciplined, mature, focused and finally more responsible. These elements have contributed to where I am now.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: The message is very simple. Mancosa programmes are among the best in Mauritius and in the world. There is nothing to compare with other institutions. The same Marketing textbook (Kotler) is being used worldwide, the same Strategic Management textbook (Strickland) is being referred to by students in most universities, the same International Business textbook (Hill) is being adopted everywhere. Furthermore, the price and quality of the courses are very affordable.

  • Talga Capri

  • Name: Talga Capri
    Position: IT Business Solution Consultant
    Company: Telkom Business
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: My definition of success is to live life loving what you do and making the most of every situation that crosses your path and thereby, influencing loved ones to achieve their personal goals.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: Dealing with the bureaucratic organisational culture where policies and procedures govern the way business is run, even though it negatively impacts the organisation.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: The modules included all facets of business which allows graduates to have a complete and holistic understanding of business. The study material and guidelines provided for each module assisted tremendously in grasping the basis and foundation of understanding the subject matter at hand.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: The MBA increased my business knowledge and allowed me to make business decisions that not only affected my business unit by also considered the impact on other business units.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: Right attitude, determination, consistent work ethic and never-give-up approach will allow you to succeed in anything you want to achieve in life.

  • Chaste Nsama

  • Name: Chaste Nsama
    Position: Conference Services Officer
    Company: Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: My definition of success is to achieve all my set goals and objective, with an upward mobility.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: Bringing business into the company within a given time.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: Oh yes! Quality research/Dissertation!

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: Personally I feel changed a lot, but my company has not changed – I am able to contain, analyse- and evaluate critical challenges with successful solutions and outcomes. My perception of business has changed being at the centre point of revenue generation in the company.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: They should not miss this opportunity, MANCOSA has a lot to offer and it will soon be a big force to reckon with. I have seen a lot of MBAs regarding their qualifications as “international” you can’t believe how scanty they are!

  • David Musonda

  • Name: David Bwalya Musonda
    Position: Regional Manager – Southern
    Company: Zambia Postal Services Corporation
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Success is the realisation of opportunities that present themselves before us

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: To move my staff to think, see and understand my vision and work culture which will help our company perform better.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: The dissertation was quite a challenge but what stands out most about the MANCOSA product was that I learnt to work with other students as a team and appreciated their input.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: It has sharpened my strategic thinking and given me an edge over other managers. It has its own challenges, especially when you are the only one in the company with an MBA.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: The MANCOSA MBA programe will allow any aspirant to rediscover their potential as their thinking is stretched beyond their wildest dreams. I am a confident manager who easily understands “change”.

  • Douw Leadley

  • Name: Douw Leadley
    Position: Executive Director
    Company: The Motor Finance Corporation
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: To unlock the spirit of the people I interact with to achieve beyond their own expectations and limitations.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: To find the balance between maintaining an entrepreneurial flair within the internal and external regulatory environment.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: That I was respected as an individual and that I could voice my opinion with regards to the theory versus the practice. Through this approach I was forced to instil a lot of self discipline as I was not ‘molly coddled’ by the tutors.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: Previously, I did not regard an academic base as sufficient to succeed. It was more a question of lessons learned from the university of life. The program allowed me to structure new initiatives with a solid foundation and discipline. The ‘selling’ to other executives is so much easier as the proposals are grounded in theory backed by lessons learned in my research. ‘Time to market’ is much quicker as the analysis I do is far more thorough and well thought out without stifling creativity

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: Studies are about enriching yourself with knowledge to enable you to perform your functions better and should not necessarily be seen as a stepping stone to promotion and or riches. Applying your knowledge to improve an organisation and the lives of employees should be the main objective and good things will follow. Knowledge is power, sharing knowledge is powerful. I often hear students complain that their employer has sent them to study which implies they are not doing it for themselves. It is a privilege to be able to study and learn and so much more if someone else is paying.

  • Jonathan Maistry

  • Name: Jonathan Maistry
    Position: Commercial Manager
    Company: Conlog
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Having achieved, met or exceeded the personal goal that you set for yourself. The number of times you make mistakes or fail is unimportant, but the achievement of your goal, coupled with the satisfaction that you’ve used your maximum potential, is success.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: Application of the South African context of business to international markets and achieving success while competing against many different international competitors

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: The MBA course-work matches the best that is out there, but, it is via distance learning and requires lots of dedication. The MANCOSA programme is also cost-effective and suits the individual that does not have time to attend regular classes. I recommend this institution to serious individuals who enjoy aiming high and are not afraid of heights.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: My job involves international business with many different countries, cultures, beliefs and economic status. The programme has assisted me in understanding these differences and how to best handle them towards achieving and exceeding my business targets

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: The MBA course is perceived as difficult by most people, but is easily achievable by working consistently, reading widely, doing lots of research, sharing ideas with team members and being serious about your studies. Remember also, even a Stanford or Harvard MBA is worth nothing if not applied in your work situation and/or in every aspect of your everyday life.

  • Michael Lekganyane

  • Name: Michael Maikano Lekganyane
    Position: Regional Customer Services Engineer (North)
    Company: Botswana Power Corporation
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Attainment of SMART goals.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: Meeting set corporate standards or targets with limited resources at my disposal.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: It’s globally competitive and difficult to match.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: It’s given me the impetus to plan, lead, organise and control resources at my disposal better and at profit to my organisation.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: Success in studies does not come easy but through hard work, self-sacrifice and a lot of perseverance.

  • Nawaaz Kalick

  • Name: Nawaaz Abdul Kalick
    Position: Divisional Supply Chain & Procurement Manager
    Company: Nampak Flexible
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Success can be defined as having achieved or exceeded the targets that were set at a point in time. Whether qualitative or quantitative in nature, achievement against these goals must bring self-satisfaction, and have added value to a particular process or event.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: Having to motivate people to manage their areas of responsibility through a structured process-driven environment. People often tend to work on experience and “gut-feel” rather than basing their decisions on sound information. Another area of concern is managing the impact of conflicting KPIs on different members of my team. This often results in staff working against each other to meet their individual KPIs rather than understanding the impact of their individual actions on the strategy of the business as a whole.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: The Mancosa MBA was a cost-effective, relevant and uncomplicated offering to a busy executive. It gives you the flexibility to work at your own pace without fixed lecture schedules, but still ensures that you meet the requirements for each of the courses within a fixed time frame. The personal attention and dedication of a supervisor like Mrs Zuby Vahed was incredible. Without her support and determination, it would have been difficult for me to have produced the quality dissertation that I eventually managed to complete.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: I think that gaining the theoretical knowledge is great. The ability to apply this knowledge in various scenarios, and to add significant value at various strategic and tactical planning sessions far outweigh merely having the knowledge.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: Don’t believe people who tell you that doing an MBA will take 10 years off your lifespan or result in you getting divorced. The most difficult part would be to complete your dissertation inside the required time frame. This will require discipline and dedication. Time passes by very fast, especially when the deadline for submission is getting closer.

  • Captain. Sivashankar S

  • Name: Captain. Sivashankar S
    Position: Chartering Manager
    Company: Seaboard Overseas
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Hard Work

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: “Uncertainty” – New challenges every day

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: ‘Assignments’ for each subject – Very interesting aspect of the course.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: MBA studies have enlightened my knowledge and enable me to look at the operations from a business perspective (holistic approach).

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: Attempt this course with passion; you will succeed at both, a personal and professional level.

  • Theophilus Akinbo

  • Name: Theophilus Olugbenga Akinbo
    Position: Director
    Company: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Nigeria
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Success is the positive conclusion of a set of activities targeted at changing from a lower status to a higher level.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: The most challenging aspect of my job as a diplomat is dealing with the slow pace of international consensus on collective responsibilities.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: MANCOSA’s tutorial manuals are very practical.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: The knowledge I acquired from MANCOSA readily came handy in tackling management problems in my current position.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: Young aspiring MANCOSA business graduates should imbibe the virtue of hard work and perseverance in their quest to seek knowledge.

  • Zanjeer Pahalad

  • Name: Zanjeer Pahalad
    Position: Business Development Manager
    Company: Momentum: Risk and Savings
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Success is an ongoing process, one can only determine one’s success upon death. If you have lived your life to the fullest- gave back to society and successfully enjoyed an adequate lifestyle together with a loving family during employment, and maintained that lifestyle during retirement- and upon your death had no debt to your name and one rand in your bank account (bearing in mind not leaving a destitute spouse), you were successful.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: Constantly inventing new marketing angles for positioning my product against others.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: The distant-learning approach empowered me to read more and digest information without being persuaded in a particular direction. I was left to interpret the information for myself, which reinforced the theoretical knowledge.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: The program has taught me to think outside of the conventional methods of marketing. It has also shown me the many success stories in the global arena that have decided to challenge the main stream of ideas.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: Perseverance is the key. Given time and effort, anything is possible.

  • Koosh Panday

  • Name: Koosh Panday
    Position: Senior Manager:
    Business Systems Manager: Core Business Processes
    Company: Sappi
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Success to me is the achievement of one’s goals and dreams. My vision was to obtain a Masters degree which I started a few years ago, and this was altogether a great achievement for me.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: I work in the business systems environment within an IT framework and adherence to process and governance is by far the most challenging part of this business and any business. Underpinning this adherence is the employee’s actions, behaviour and discipline, and in direct proportion to this, is the employees’ training and development. A skilled workforce is always advantageous to adherence and compliance.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: I chose MANCOSA because of the long distance study factor and its desirable pricing. This combination provided total value for money at the outset. However, there were some intrinsic benefits along the journey, namely that MANCOSA meant self-study. In so doing, I sharpened up on work-life balance, goal setting, and this in turn provided satisfaction of independent achievement.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: In my role as senior manager, I am involved in operational delivery as well as strategic projects. The MANCOSA MBA has given me the necessary skills to apply to run these projects and assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with this type of initiative. Change Management techniques is another strategic element that this MBA has taught me in delivering these projects, whilst considering constantly the impact of the social, legal, environmental, political and technological levers.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: The MBA is hard-work to say the least. This long-distance programme, not only requires self-discipline and commitment, but the support of family and friends allow one the freedom to persevere and deliver on the stringent deadlines. Good luck – but luck is not all you will need – it takes dedication and commitment to support your aspirations, but at the end it’s worth it.

  • Arnold Dietstein

  • Name: Arnold Dietstein
    Position: Marketing Manager & Consultant
    Company: Independent
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA (General)

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Realising one’s dreams continuously by living a life driven by love and passion, and the spirit that life and success is achieved every second, and not sometime in the distant future.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: The most difficult aspect of my job is to deliver cutting-edge service without ever sacrificing quality.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: I remember the exciting process of learning and the sense of responsibility that results from the Mancosa MBA.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: The Mancosa program increased my potential as a leader by providing a rigorous framework for reasoning, and the ability to make informed and confident decisions.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: You alone are responsible for your own development. Investing, and believing in yourself will surely raise the quality of your life and enable you to take advantage of the opportunities that you will encounter during your career.

  • Arnold Dietstein

  • Name: Arnold Dietstein
    Position: Marketing Manager & Consultant
    Company: Independent
    MANCOSA Qualification: MBA (General)

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    A: Realising one’s dreams continuously by living a life driven by love and passion, and the spirit that life and success is achieved every second, and not sometime in the distant future.

    Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    A: The most difficult aspect of my job is to deliver cutting-edge service without ever sacrificing quality.

    Q: What is it that you remember about the MANCOSA product?
    A: I remember the exciting process of learning and the sense of responsibility that results from the Mancosa MBA.

    Q: How has the MANCOSA programme assisted you in your current position?
    A: The Mancosa program increased my potential as a leader by providing a rigorous framework for reasoning, and the ability to make informed and confident decisions.

    Q: What message do you have for young aspirant MANCOSA business graduates?
    A: You alone are responsible for your own development. Investing, and believing in yourself will surely raise the quality of your life and enable you to take advantage of the opportunities that you will encounter during your career.

  • Alexander Sementsov (Russia)

  • Name: Alexander Sementsov
    Position: CEO of OJSC “ROST”

    I am really grateful to the MBA programme in NSUEM, due to which we were able to get/arrange the knowledge in the sphere of management necessary for us.

    Actually MBA is a way of thinking that enables to achieve a new professional stage. And thanks to you this transfer was done. The obtained complex vision enabled to see the decision of many managerial tasks clearly; the perception and the attitude towards business has changed, I started to percept the? world not practically but strategically.

    Thank you for everything: for your tolerance and for the knowledge you gave us.

  • Ulyana Timofeeva (Russia)

  • Name: Ulyana Timofeeva
    Position: Financial director of “Terra”

    2-year training at the MBA programme at NSUEM gave me the opportunity to arrange the knowledge obtained earlier. The great programme value represented by the training staff (theorists and business practitioners) enabled to get additional skills for the efficient resource management in the company which I work for.

    2 years of training gave me the invaluable communication with directors and top-managers of the Siberian region companies. This fact increased my personal goodwill due to the obtained relations.

    I would like to thank the coordinators of our programme particularly.

    Lest there be any doubt concerning the choice of this course, according to my own experience I can guarantee you the feeling of the youth and student days and the pleasure you get from the communication with highly intellectual and successful people.

    My thanks to the programme’s founders and its successors!

  • Andrey Asochakov (Russia)

  • Name: Andrey Asochakov
    Position: First deputy of the CEO of OJSC CB “Accept”

    First of all I would like to single out two main points in the MBA programme implementation in NSUEM. It is known that the history of the modern Russian school of business education has much in common with the history of the former National Economy Institutes having prepared thousands of managers of enterprises and organizations for the national economy development.

    The training programme of these institutions is based not only on the management concept but on the formation of the attitude to management as professional activity. Therefore it is natural that the MBA programme is successfully realized in NSUEM, adapted to the Russian reality, in accordance with the trends in the world of business and economics. All modules are practice-oriented providing the interrelation of theory with the students’ experience.

    According to my experience I can say that such arrangement of the educational process helps to make adequate managerial decisions in conditions of the current financial economic recession. Secondly, the efficiency of the MBA course is greatly predetermined by the skilled tutors having sufficient practical experience and considerable scientific knowledge. Real experience exchange is very important here.

  • Galina Zolotukhina (Russia)

  • Name: Galina Zolotukhina
    Position: Deputy director – Head of Branch Network and Budgeting Department of Economic Planning Administration of the Siberian Bank of the Savings Bank of Russia

    The programme gave the basic knowledge in spheres important for a specialist and manager of any level: corporate strategy, marketing, information systems, human resource management etc. their complex study enables to improve your qualification. I graduated from the university long ago, that’s why it was necessary to bring the earlier obtained knowledge up to date taking into account the latest scientific achievements and developments.

    It’s not a secret that the Savings Bank has started large-scale transformations: the new Development Strategy up to 2014 was worked out and approved and its implementation is actively realized. The obtained knowledge helped me to understand the techniques of new processes and banking activity directions and to become an active participant of the new Strategy implementation.

  • Nadezhda Moiseenko (Russia)

  • Name: Nadezhda Moiseenko
    Position: Director of OJSC “Arte”

    Managerial methods in different business activities are strictly connected to the practical tasks and problems that top-manager come across every day at preparation and realization of technological processes, at negotiations conduction and at communicating with subordinates.

    I think if I didn’t study at the MBA programme, I would lack knowledge on modern techniques in the sphere of management and wouldn’t get the valuable advice for leadership potential development.

  • Dmitry Rusman (Russia)

  • Name: Dmitry Rusman
    Position: Director of the Novosibirsk branch of OJSC “City Toys”

    Part-time form of training was the crucial factor for me while choosing the programme. First, when you have a tense working schedule you can plan the time for studying the subjects independently. Secondly, one day a week is enough for “face-to-face communication” with the tutors and colleagues in order to get new knowledge and consultations in the issues you are interested in if necessary.

    Video support is undoubtedly one more great advantage. As the majority of MBA students are busy enough, they often come across the situations when they can’t attend classes. And if they wish they can get the video record with the lesson they were absent at.

  • Alexander Biryukov (Russia)

  • Name: Alexander Biryukov
    Position: Head of Retail Business Administration of OJSC CB ”Accept”

    If we consider the programme and the business school as a business community, uniting the specialists of different levels, branches and professions on the basis of the programme is rather efficient to my mind and first of all for the MBA students.

    Besides, the programme gives fundamental knowledge in economics, mathematical statistics, financial management and corporate strategy. The experience of practitioners is rather interesting, for example, that of the tutors in Accounting for decision-making and in Investment and Portfolio Management.

    Thanks to the programme organizers: they always provided us with all necessary papers in time, invited foreign and native practitioners to give lectures and offered trainings abroad.

    As a result we have good grounds for communicating in future both with the business school and with the programme graduates, in my opinion.

  • Irina Kuznetsova (Russia)

  • Name: Irina Kuznetsova
    Position: Entrepreneur

    As a specialist having graduated from Novosibirsk Institute of National economy in socialist times, I studied subjects such as strategic management, marketing management, etc. that came to Russia with foreign investors due to the MBA programme.

    Programme tutors and business trainers have taught us to think logically: topicality of the issue, theoretical background, result of the problem study and the ways of the problem solution.

    Thanks for knowledge. I hope to exploit all special techniques of business administration to make my work successful.

  • Elena Tolstoukhova (Russia)

  • Name: Elena Tolstoukhova
    Position: Head of Foreign Brokers Internal Business Records Department, FG BrokerCreditService

    MBA programme in NSUEM gives an opportunity to Novosibirsk managers- practitioners to get the highest international managerial qualification, being taught in Russian in par-time form that is crucial for a modern manager who should constantly be focused on the business as the market conditions are rather changeable. The training enables both to arrange knowledge and experience obtained beforehand and to learn something new.

    The academic staff is represented by high skilled theory experts and practicing consultants that eliminates the gap between theory and practice, i.e. the theory that can be efficiently applied in the current conditions is focused on, it is rather important because having huge amounts of information, concerning work, a manager can hardly afford spending much time on studying the things that would not benefit him in the real life. Therefore the course is arranged to give the knowledge and skills tested out by management practice.

    Besides training MBA programme strives for uniting its students holding seminars, meetings and giving group tasks. Each MBA student is a mature person having definite experience and practical achievements that is a kind of “additional study guide”.

    The students exchange their experience, make joint partner projects, and render employment assistance both as persons giving recommendations and as employers.

    As for me, the training benefit became evident to me from the first months of study, long before being awarded the MBA diploma. in my work I could always apply the intermediate results both of the subject and of the separate lesson if it was especially impressive and helped me to make “small discoveries” in my current activity that I started to consider quite differently.

    And I would like to finish on a light-hearted note. It is always pleasant to feel like student, to communicate with interesting people and even to worry about the coming exams – everything is exciting and interesting.

    Study and develop. Today you should quickly move forward just to keep your current positions.

    And of course: Best regards to my favourite group recruited in October, 2007!