International collaboration helps develop leadership skills

Senior leaders from across the region have been given the opportunity to collaborate with international counterparts as part of their studies at Teesside University.

Students on the MBA programme at Teesside University Business School have travelled to Singapore and Germany to learn more about different approaches to leadership.

The Business School relaunched its flagship MBA qualification last year with a new syllabus which places entrepreneurial leadership at its heart.

The MBA has been inspired by Babson College in the United States, a global leader in the teaching of entrepreneurship. It brings together local, national and international leaders with experience in management to learn how to manage complex business challenges in today’s global economic environment.

The international trips to Singapore and Hamburg allowed students to share approaches to common business problems.

In Singapore, seven MBA students worked with 12 students from Hyper Island – one of Teesside University’s international partners – on a level 7 module on Smart Cities, looking at how areas of high population can use data to manage assets and resources efficiently.

In Germany, the trip included a visit to a salmon smokery to learn about how a business which began as a small artisanal food producer grew to one which now embraces a global strategy.

They also visited an arts centre and saw how a once-deprived area of the city was using culture as a tool for regeneration.

Dr Noel Dennis, MBA course leader at Teesside University Business School, said: “The International Learning Experience provides our MBA scholars with a rich and authentic learning experience and an opportunity to expand their professional networks.

“Both the Singapore and Hamburg trips provided our students with insights into leadership and management challenges in a different cultural context, as well as focusing on contemporary business issues that challenged orthodoxy and resulted in some very interesting debates.

“The students who took part in the trips had a very positive experience and are incorporating their learning from the international learning experience into their studies and – importantly – their organisations.”

The MBA at Teesside University is taught in the new-look Business School which was redeveloped in 2018 following a £7.5m investment to provide flexible, modern and high quality learning facilities to promote quality interactions between staff, students and businesses alike.

For more information about qualifications offered by Teesside University Business School visit www.tees.ac.uk/businessschool

 

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