Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Studies That Can Take You a Long Way

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Studies That Can Take You a Long Way

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Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON

FOR many candidates, selecting how you study for an MBA is as big a decision as choosing the right course. While some are drawn to the prospect of taking up to two years out of their careers to concentrate fulltime on their dream qualification, others balk at the loss of earnings - particularly those with dependants or mortgages to maintain while they study.

British business schools have responded to the economics argument by offering a growing number of MBA courses on a part-time basis or through distance learning or evening courses.

According to the latest survey of potential MBA students by topmba.com, which questioned more than 6,300 people, 32 per cent of UK candidates expected to study for an MBA on a parttime basis, as opposed to 77 per cent who were interested in the fulltime option.

Only seven per cent were aiming to pursue a distance-learning option.

The figures are in marked contrast to several European countries such as Germany and Greece, where 13 per cent expected to take the distancelearning route. On the Pacific Rim these figures were even higher. In Malaysia, 31 per cent of potential students were focusing on the distancelearning option, and in Singapore it was as many as 40 per cent.

Nunzio Quacquarelli, of topmba.com, finds the UK figures surprising. But she says: "They can be explained by the sheer range of choice presented to UK students by such a high concentration of world-class full- and part-time programmes. In countries where schools are thinner on the ground the distancelearning option, often provided by schools based in the UK which are very well-established in this area, really comes into its own."

As a single mother with two young children, Karen Chappell-Tay saw distance learning as a great way to gain her MBA. Despite a stellar international blue-chip career, including stints at Ford, Sony, Next and Shell, she signed up for an MBA course because she was looking for an intellectual change. …

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