Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin UniversityBy Asian Correspondent Nov 15, 2012 3:32PM UTC
One of the largest business schools in the east of England, Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS) has nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and around 6,000 students hailing from more than 100 countries. The curriculum is rooted in real-world business, and a priority is placed on forging industry links.
This real-world grounding ensures relevant, up-to-date coursework, which is more important than ever in today’s globally integrated marketplace. Anglia Ruskin University offers a variety of post-graduate business programmes that can be taken on a full- or part-time basis.
LAIBS is one of relatively few business schools with the word ‘International’ in its title. This is more than a semantic distinction and represents a consolidated effort on behalf of the administration and faculty to cultivate international relationships, attract international students and promote business theory that is relevant to the 21st-century global business community.
Work placement and employability
Gaining practical work experience while studying is important regardless of your field, but it’s particularly crucial for students of business. Depending on your course of study at LAIBS, you may be eligible for a 48-week work placement. These are typically with high-profile employers – think DaimlerChrysler, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Siemens and Xerox.
And for students who are pursuing an accelerated award, shorter placement scenarios are also on the table. Internship programmes last no longer than 12 weeks and typically place students somewhere in the region. These placements can be arranged through the Anglia Ruskin internship programme website. The university Employment Bureau assists students in setting up part-time paid positions that can accommodate their educational schedule.
LAIBS’ course offerings are comprehensive, with Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees awarded in multiple fields. Courses are designed to encourage creative development and problem-solving abilities. These qualities combine to produce well-rounded professionals who can hold their own in a highly competitive, international environment. All degrees are accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and enjoy broad international recognition.
Many Asian students enrolled at LAIBS are here to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA). This is a part-time programme designed to meet the development needs of middle and senior managers from a range of backgrounds and organisations. The course is delivered in stages over two years, allowing professionals to maintain career contact back home.
Master of Arts
Students can earn an MA in Cultures and Organisational Leadership, Human Resource Management, International Business, International Sustainable Tourism Management or Marketing and Innovation. Most MAs are delivered on the Cambridge campus.
Master of Science
The Management Practice programmes are taught on the Chelmsford campus, while the Cambridge campus offers Accounting and Financial Analysis, International Finance, International Business Economics, Management and International Logistics.
In addition, students can also work toward a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or a PhD in Business Management.
International partnerships are a key component to LAIBS’ commitment to practice-based education. The school engages closely with academic partners, including universities in India, Malaysia and Singapore. These partnerships operate on multiple levels. The curriculum may be jointly developed and implemented, and collaborative research projects set up. Partnerships also open doors to awarding dual degrees, which have high currency in Eastern and Western hemispheres, alike.
This also paves the way to horizon-expanding student and staff exchange programmes. In particular, students can apply through the ERASMUS exchange programme to spend time studying with partner universities in several European cities, as well as in the US, Canada and Malaysia. From an international perspective, studying in a third-party country presents the opportunity to learn a new language, forge a new link in a global professional network and explore new possibilities in entrepreneurship.