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Published: 20 October 2015

Stay connected with Surrey

Since the Masters in Business Administration degree was first created in the late 19th century, it has been constantly evolving to fit the requirements of employers and the demands of students.

Staying ahead of the game and ensuring students receive the education they need to meet the challenges of a changing global economic environment is key to the success of the programme. 

Today, more than ever, it is a prized qualification and, according to the Graduate Management Admissions Council’s 2015 Corporate Recruiters Survey, 84 per cent of employers across the world planned to hire MBA graduates in 2015, compared with 74 per cent in 2014.

Surrey’s new Connected MBA recognises that the degree needs to be much more than the modules studied and the lessons learnt; it’s about the range of added benefits that come with an MBA programme such as networks that last a lifetime, the mentors who guide and the specialist careers advice.

We want to connect and develop Surrey’s MBA alumni community to enhance the network surrounding the programme and increase the benefit graduates can gain from remaining linked with one another. 

Additionally, alumni support plays a significant role in helping current students receive the skills, knowledge and connections to succeed. And there are a number of ways in which you can help:

  • Become a paid associate tutor: we’re looking for industry practitioners who can co-teach on specific modules to ensure theory is connected with practice throughout. This could be on a weekly, fortnightly or bloc session basis.
  • Become a volunteer mentor: our MBA Match mentoring scheme pairs current MBA students with seasoned professionals who offer ongoing advice and support throughout the MBA, as well as regularly meeting mentees at events where ideas are discussed and contemporary business themes debated.
  • Become involved in our programme: our students undertake an action learning consultancy module as part of their studies. It’s an invaluable opportunity to pose a business problem and get fresh thinking from our MBA candidates, most of whom have at least five years’ management experience already under their belts. We would love to hear from graduates whose businesses could benefit from input from our students.

To find out more about any of the above opportunities, please contact MBA President Bill Payne at b.payne@surrey.ac.uk or Programme Director Christine Rivers at c.rivers@surrey.ac.uk

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