TEN of the island’s senior managers have successfully completed their master’s degree in business administration with the GTA University Centre.
The students – three of whom received distinctions – were drawn from all sectors of the economy, including telecoms, finance, police, on line marketing and healthcare. They are now using the skills and knowledge gained from the programme to drive up quality and performance in their organisations.
Detective Chief Inspector Ruari Hardy from Guernsey Police, who recently completed the course, said that working with international tutors while learning on-island was a huge benefit.
‘It’s almost as if I had been at Southampton University. As a full-time member of staff within the Guernsey Police, it meant that I didn’t need to take large amounts of time off and I was also able to balance family life as well,’ he said.
‘It’s something I would encourage anyone with management aspirations to seriously consider. It’s given me a whole new set of tools to do my job in a better way, a more informed and open way and I feel that I am a far better manager because of that.’
Dr Elaine Monkhouse, interim chief executive of the GTA, said the course offered an exceptional opportunity for managers in Guernsey.
‘Leadership skills are in great demand in Guernsey and in the past people would have to go off-island to obtain these skills. The on-island delivery of such a high-quality course is an incredible opportunity; the business world is becoming increasingly competitive and companies need strong leaders to take them forward,’ she said.
‘It’s a significant commitment but one that brings huge rewards. We have a limited number of spaces still available for the next two-year course starting this September. Anyone interested in enrolling has until the end of the month to do so.’
The MBA programme is widely accepted as the gold standard for anyone wanting to develop their full leadership and management potential. Topics studied include leadership, marketing, corporate finance, managing people, quality, risk, business operations, strategy and decision-making. A feature of the programme is a study week in Maastricht providing the opportunity for students to work with clients and colleagues on international projects.
The GTA works with University of Southampton to offer the course on-island, avoiding travel and accommodation costs. The University of Southampton is one of the Russell Group of universities, which is renowned for its commitment to cutting edge research and innovation.
This year’s graduation ceremony takes place in Southampton on 17 July.
There is an opportunity to join the next on island MBA programme; enrolment closes on 31 July. Contact the GTA University Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 721555.
MBA graduates 2014
Dr Susan Eckhardt – Medical Specialist Group (distinction)
Detective Chief Inspector Ruari Hardy – Guernsey Police (distinction)
Mike Hockey – ABN AMRO (distinction)
Dave Hatcher – Healthspan
Chris McCardell – Healthspan
Gez Overstall – JT
Damian Roberts – Specsavers
Toby Sawyer – Royal Bank of Canada
Anita Gaudion – Institute of Health and Social Care Studies
Dr Yogesh Manikyam – Medical Specialist Group
Category: Finance & Business