BBS in partnership talks with Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty

Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, opened by Tony Blair over 20 years ago, is discussing a possible joined postgraduate programme and student exchanges with Brunel Business School.

Dr Abrahim Althonayan

Dr Abrahim Althonayan

Dr Abrahim Althonayan, leading the discussions, sees this as a major step to a stronger relationship with educational institutions in Kazakhstan. Kazakh-British Technical University is oriented on training highly qualified professionals for the promising sectors of the economy of Kazakhstan: economics and finance sector, oil and gas industry, and information technologies.

Another recent achievement championed by Dr Althonayan has been to re-instate Brunel University on the Bolashak Scholarship Programme, allowing students and staff from Kazakhstan to receive extensive funding towards their studies in Brunel University in UK.

We already have a request from more than 5 academic staff for research and training which will be funded by the Bolashak. This is an excellent start! Commented Dr Althonayan.

What I really wanted was to work for myself – says Brunel MBA graduate from China

I graduated as an English major from Tangshan College in China in 1997. I first worked for about one year in the Human Resources and Corporate Marketing Department at the Haier Group, the largest appliance maker in China. Then I moved to the Bank of China in Tangshan. For around 14 years I have been responsible for accounting, credit card and business development and climbed from a Clerk position to be the President of a branch. 

Mengru Han meet her former lecturer Dr Des Doran on a recent BBS visit to China

Mengru Han meets her former lecturer Dr Des Doran on a recent BBS visit to China

As time passed by, I realized that the most important thing in life for me is to pursue new goals. I did not like the regular working day, I wanted a change to these hours and daily schedules, and I wanted to change something fast. I realized that I needed to study the most advanced management knowledge and expertise in order to climb the career ladder faster and change my life. Brunel University MBA provided a 12 month study programme and this was quite suitable for me.

There are three main reasons why I choose Brunel MBA in Brunel Business School, Brunel University:

  1. The MBA could be finished in 1 year. As we know “time is money”. I could not spent two or more years studying, even though I knew this would benefit me a lot. I needed much more time to work so from my side, a year out to study was perfect.
  2. Brunel University is located in London, which meant I could place myself in the financial center of the world. What I experienced and practiced was more than I could learn from the text books alone. Financial information and trends were fresh and advanced here. All the models and theories top of the game in the finance industry. I could also experience the different cultures in London more than any other city in the world.
  3. Compared with other famous universities, Brunel University is young but vital. Things are very dynamic and modern here.

Based on these reasons I chose Brunel University as my MBA destination. And when I arrived at London, I felt I was very lucky to have chosen this prestigious university.

How did I benefit from Brunel University?

Brunel University provided me with a programme which offered very advanced management concepts and case studies. In the class, I could share my experiences with colleagues from other countries all over the world.

I think that MBA’s are seen as an asset. The right mix of disciplines and electives in an MBA programme ensures that all graduates are equipped with sound reasoning skills, analytical rigor and sharp contextual insights needed to tackle assignments, issues, problems and scenarios at the workplace.

MBA students are trained to develop decision-making skills, which often makes them very effective managers in organizations and businesses.

I think my MBA has definitely opened doors for me and it is reputable. With a few months of studying diligently, the MBA was an excellent qualification. You will learn valuable models that will benefit your management career in very practical terms.

What I changed after my MBA in Brunel University?

Before studying overseas at Brunel University, I wanted to find a good job in the international branches of the Bank of China in the UK or USA. But when I finished studying, I changed my mind and realised that I do not want to work for the Bank of China anymore, or any other company for that matter.

What I actually wanted was to work for myself. I wanted to run a business with nation-wide operations in China and I do that now, with a chain of exclusive kindergradens. In fact, I have a new great plan already! I want to invest in kids entertainment in all major cities in China, using the advanced learning and play techniques and equipment and manage the company expansion from a local business operation format to IPO in Hong Kong or USA stock market in about eight or ten years.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Mengru Han, Beijing, China

MBA Graduate 2011

To find out more about Business and Management programmes in the Brunel Business School click here.

International work placements are a hit in BBS

The Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) Team of Brunel University offers students the opportunity to gain work experience by way of 1 year placements, and more frequently students take up these placements abroad.

Brunel University is extremely proud of its Placement and Career Centre, as it has been consistently voted number 1 in UK for the last three years by students and employers.

PCC Awards

Placements are typically either one year (or two separate periods of up to six months) and are spent in an organisation undertaking a role that is directly relevant to the student’s degree studies.  

The placements can be in the UK but more often students express interest in international destinations where they can combine work with learning about a new culture. The Brunel Business School students have been particularly intrepid in exploring far away countries and often working for companies on a foreign soil. 

Michelle Kavan, deputy director of the Placement and Career Centre, working with the Brunel Business School student placements said:

Last year the team placed over 900 students in a wide range of industries, banking firms, government departments and not for profit organisations. Internationally, the Brunel Business School students are working for Adidas and Intel in Munich, American Express in Dubai, in Libya for the Libya Airlines, and in an import and export company in New York.

If you would like to hear about the experiences of other Brunel students and graduates, there is a range of ways for you to find the stories that interest you most:

i.workat has been developed by Brunel’s Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) to help you get a real picture of what it’s like to work somewhere. Whether it’s a summer job, internship, placement or graduate job, i.workat has stories written by real Brunel students doing real jobs.  You can browse around the stories, explore what jobs students from your school have done, look at specific kinds of jobs or search for something interesting.

workglobal is where you hear stories from our international graduates about their life after Brunel. We asked students from overseas to talk to us about what they are doing now and how Brunel has helped them to either get into or progress in  their careers. You can search by country or degree course, read stories about students’ UK experience and the careers they have moved onto and hear their stories in their own words.

Brunel Business School Blog

Professor Zahir Irani, Head of the Brunel Business School, explains his delight with the results announced in today’s Guardian Tables that show the Brunel Business School (BBS) has jumped some 52 places in the last 12 months to 45th out of 116 universities in the UK .

This meteoric rise has happened by way of a clear strategy that is underpinned by a focus on a relevant curriculum that supports student employability, positive student experience and engaged academic staff. The future represents a challenge for the Higher Education sector, with BBS committed to maximizing students’ employability through its Business Life programme, by providing an intensive programme of professional events that run in parallel with academic studies. We will continue to work with all our stakeholders to help produce job ready graduates.

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Accounting Symposium at Brunel Business School

The 2nd Brunel Business School Accounting Symposium is to be held at the Hamilton Centre Hospitality Suite, Brunel University on Thursday 21 June 2012. It is hosted by the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre. The purpose of this one-day event is to promote discussion on contemporary issues in accounting, provide continuing professional development and foster relationships with the accountancy profession, standard setters and other national and international stakeholders.

The symposium is likely to be of value to those who are interested in issues arising from the internationalisation of financial reporting, which include the endorsement, enforcement and effects of IFRS in Europe, and recent revised proposals for the future of UK GAAP. Key note speakers are:

  • Stig Enevoldsen, Technical Partner, Deloitte, Denmark; former chair, EFRAG
  • Carol Page, Director Panel Operations, Financial Reporting Review Panel, FRC
  • Professor Peter Walton, ESSEC Business School, Paris
  • Professor Lisa Evans, University of Stirling
  • Professor Paul André, ESSEC Business School, Paris
  • Professor David Cairns, Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh; former secretary-general, IASC

More information on Brunel Business School and other events can be found here on this link.

eLearning Conference at Brunel Business School

On the 7th and 8th of June, an eLearning Conference was held at Brunel Business School. Senior Lecturer Chris Evans and Director of Programmes Ray Hackney chaired the conference with keynote speakers Maggie McPherson from School of Education, University of Leeds and Steve Wheeler from School of Education at Plymouth University.

The conference was aimed at academic staff interested in using the Web 2.0 and social media in their teaching as well as at researchers and policy makers interested in the next generation of technology enhanced learning. It was open to academics, administrators, researchers and PhD students.

Steve Wheeler

The conference included discussions on topics such as:

  • factors influencing academics’ use of microblogging tools in teaching and learning.
  • the role of eLearning 2.0 in modern media education.
  • enhancing the impact of the interactivity of social media in Higher Education to improve learning outcomes.
  • Virtual World: practice legal training.
  • factors influencing students’ use and non-use of Web 2.0.
  • capturing and evaluating learner behaviours in real time for analysis and evaluation.

The conference was well attended and proved to be a great opportunity for professionals from across the world to exchange ideas and information about the eLearning experience. More ...

Brunel University top in London, 6th in the UK, 35th worldwide in new ranking.

Brunel University has been ranked top in London, 6th in the UK and 35th in the world in a new world ranking of the top 100 universities founded in the last 50 years.

The first ever Times Higher Education (THE) “100 Under 50” ranked the world’s newer universities by their performance across 13 indicators and five performance categories, including research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income.

Brunel performed particularly well with regard to its international outlook, reaching 6th in the world, 3rd in Europe and 2nd in the UK. This performance category measures the international outlook of staff, students and research with Brunel scoring 90 out of a possible 100 points.

The UK overall performed strongly in the rankings with 20 individual institutions, led by the University of York, appearing in the top 100 – the highest number of any nation. Brunel’s impressive 6th place ranking amongst UK universities places it above institutions including the University of Bath, the University of Surrey and Loughborough University.

The “100 Under 50” includes a more diverse range of institutions than the THE’s annual World University Rankings, with 30 countries represented in the top 100 compared to 26 in the top 200 in the standard table. The top 10 universities in the World University Rankings are all US and UK institutions, whilst in the new rankings the top 10 places are taken up by institutions in the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Hong Kong, the US, France and the UK.

The Republic of Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology topped the rankings.