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Having a modern and cutting edge business school couched in an 800 year old institution provides an unique blend of world leading research from finance to theology. Where else in the world can you find that exposure to new and innovative ideas and experiences?
I would have liked for the elective parts of the course to be slightly better scheduled so as to require a little less time away from work, but I suppose it's difficult to suit all 43 classmates travel schedules.
You get the full Oxford experience, including college dinners, rowing and full Oxford experience as a student. Full diversity of students who live overseas and travel into Oxford for the course, there's no other program that can do this because of the unique one week modular structure of the Oxford program.
I have a few suggestions around organization (pacing, order, and so on), and I would love to have known about some last-minute pop-up classes earlier (since we travel so far to go to class, it's hard to change flights at the last minute). Some of the things I have suggested have already been implemented for next year's class (for example, and additional international module--we had two, China and Silicon Valley, and next year's class has three, those two, plus India).
The Oxford culture and tradition of excellence is unique, as well as the international perspective given, and received from peers and colleagues.
The intensity of the workload often coincided with busy work seasons like end of Q1 and and of year. Summer was then a bit easier, as it also was at work. This rhythm could make the work nearly unbearable at times. The second year was much heavier than the first. It would be good to front load a little more, and balance the work across the 22 months.
The one-week modules mean that we have a very international class, as people travel only once a month from large distances. The week modules also mean that we form strong friendships. The Oxford experience is integral to the learning - we are a part of the university history and life, and very much part of the business school alumni network. I loved the global modules in China and California for learning about business in context. The school also has a strong focus on both entrepreneurship, social enterprise and responsible business - every course had an element about using the topic in a socially responsible way and questioning the both the economic and social value of various theories. Few degrees can match the full Oxford package for a transformative and deeply memorable experience.
They could increase the reliance on the case study method of teaching to help polish the candidates problem solving skills.
The ability to interact with Oxford University academically but also socially through the college system, brings another dimension to the EMBA.
I would prefer getting all materials in advance in one pack vs. wasting time on downloading them. Perhaps in my case, I would prefer the same program spread over a longer period to mange better overall work/study pressure
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