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Uni business boost

Uni business boost

Record number of students enrol in Fed Uni Gippsland MBA

More than 70 Gippslanders have seized the opportunity to up-skill or re-skill through a Federation University scholarship designed to support the recovery of the Gippsland business community.

The new subsidised, Gippsland-based Master of Business Administration commences this month with the largest student cohort of an MBA across the University in corporate memory.

The MBA will give small business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders, the tools to tackle real-world challenges within their own organisations. Fed Uni said the course will offer a "dynamic blend" of theory and practice in support of the Gippsland community as it recovers from the impact of bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Students will bring experience from a range of industries including agriculture, small business, forestry, mining, manufacturing, government, teaching and community services.

The course is co-designed with entrepreneurial hub Runway which will lead Gippsland classes on innovation, network-building and start-up-thinking.

The 18-month program will include guest speakers from industry, culminating in an experiential learning project where students tackle real-time problems facing their business or organisation.

In order to support the re-skilling and up-skilling of the local workforce in these challenging times, Federation University partnered with the Gippsland Regional Partnership and the Victorian Government, to subsidise MBA course fees and significantly reduce the cost to students by 80 per cent.

The strong interest in the program comes as Federation University was recently rated the number one university in Australia for Postgraduate Teaching Quality in the Good Universities Guide 2021.

The program will initially be delivered online and potentially move to a blended learning experience as social distancing restrictions are eased. Applications for the program have now closed.

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