Mil­park un­der­pins top-rank­ing MBA with ground­break­ing on­line op­tion

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IN the most re­cent PMR. africa 2016 sur­vey, em­ploy­ers across the coun­try ranked the Mil­park Busi­ness School’s Masters of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) pro­gramme first in the higher ed­u­ca­tion pri­vate sec­tor and sec­ond over­all in a highly com­pet­i­tive list of ac­cred­ited Busi­ness Schools of­fer­ing this de­gree in South Africa.

MBA grad­u­ates and stu­dents were rated in their work­place on, among other things, aca­demic knowl­edge, en­tre­pre­neur­ial and lead­er­ship skills, eth­i­cal busi­ness con­duct, strate­gic and op­er­a­tional man­age­ment.

Dr. Cobus Oosthuizen, Dean of the Mil­park Busi­ness School, says that most em­ploy­ers con­tinue to re­gard it as a high value de­gree and are ea­ger to hire MBA grad­u­ates.

He adds though, that “there has been a par­a­digm shift in how busi­ness-ori­ented stu­dents wish to study.

“Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced an un­prece­dented es­ca­la­tion of Dis­tance Learn­ing On­line (DLO) en­rol­ments on all our pro­grammes and cour­ses, we opted to add value to the tra­di­tional ap­proach.”

Mil­park Ed­u­ca­tion launched its (DLO) MBA pro­gramme in Jan­uary last year, mak­ing higher learn­ing yet more ac­ces­si­ble to South Africa stu­dents and fur­ther an­chor­ing its po­si­tion as a leader in on­line learn­ing.

Dr Oosthuizen speaks of build­ing on a sound base of rel­e­vance, flex­i­bil­ity, tai­lored so­lu­tions, and flex­i­ble fund­ing.

“We were de­ter­mined to lead the way and en­sure that our DLO stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence con­stant learn­ing and sup­port.

“Their ex­pe­ri­ence may ex­ceed the class­room-based one, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to lec­tur­ers and other stu­dents with just a com­puter and an In­ter­net con­nec­tion.”

“This en­sures that their 9-to-5 work lives are not in­ter­rupted and they re­main an as­set in their workspace.

“It’s our un­der­stand­ing of the daily chal­lenges our stu­dents face that has al­lowed us to de­velop new ways of learn­ing that re­move the bar­ri­ers of traf­fic, lo­ca­tion and low en­gage­ment.”

He says the guar­an­teed high en­gage­ment was de­vel­oped to meet the de­mands of daily life, of­fer­ing flex­i­ble fund­ing and peer-to-peer learn­ing.

“We of­fer on­line syn­chro­nous and asyn­chro­nous con­tact for in­ter­ac­tive sup­port.

“There is one lec­turer for each group of 25 stu­dents, who cu­rates the learn­ing jour­ney ef­fort­lessly and seam­lessly.”

The fo­cus is on high en­gage­ment learn­ing in a flex­i­ble, ac­ces­si­ble for­mat.

The Dean listed the ben­e­fits of on­line learn­ing: “First and fore­most, it guar­an­tees a stu­dent to lec­turer ra­tio of no more than 1:25.

“Each class has an on­line lec­turer who leads the dis­cus­sions and as­sesses an in­di­vid­ual’s for­ma­tive con­tri­bu­tions.

“Ev­ery­one re­ceives con­tin­u­ous feed­back and can also in­ter­act with fel­low stu­dents.”

This high level of en­gage­ment in­volves struc­tured, asyn­chro­nous learn­ing.

By tak­ing part in well de­signed group dis­cus­sions, the lec­turer de­vel­ops an in­di­vid­ual’s un­der­stand­ing of the sub­ject mat­ter in a prac­ti­cal and rel­e­vant man­ner.

“The on­line mode fa­cil­i­tates bet­ter per­for­mance, and al­lows for bet­ter bud­get­ing as stu­dents pay only for the mod­ules they reg­is­ter for,” he ex­plains.

Speak­ing at the DLO MBA launch in Septem­ber last year, Arthur Gold­stuck, founder of World Wide Worx, praised Mil­park Ed­u­ca­tion for in­tro­duc­ing ini­tia­tives that use dig­i­tal tools to en­hance learn­ing.

He said, “Ev­ery­one is con­nected, ev­ery teacher has ac­cess to ev­ery tool, and ev­ery stu­dent has ac­cess to all in­for­ma­tion.

“Yet, much of our ed­u­ca­tion is still based on nine­teenth-cen­tury sys­tems, styles and philoso­phies.”

In­ter­net use is grow­ing rapidly and he pre­dicted that by 2020 in South Africa 18.5 mil­lion of the 24.6 mil­lion In­ter­net users will be in­volved in the dig­i­tal econ­omy.

Mil­park Ed­u­ca­tion con­tin­ues to of­fer the MBA through con­tact learn­ing for stu­dents who pre­fer face-to­face in­ter­ac­tion and im­me­di­acy, and of­fers a Post­grad­u­ate Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion which pro­vides ac­cess to the MBA on level 9.

Dr. Oosthuizen con­cludes: “Our grad­u­ates are known to ex­cel in the mar­ket­place and this re­flects pos­i­tively on the sta­tus and cred­i­bil­ity of our in­sti­tu­tion.”

Dr. Cobus Oosthuizen, Dean of the Mil­park Busi­ness School.

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