Asian Correspondent » Loughborough University Asian Correspondent Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:59:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Loughborough University launches new MBA scholarships Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:14:38 +0000

Following the recent launch of its new Full-Time MBA and executive International Sports Management MBA to complement its existing Part-Time MBA,  Loughborough University has recently announced new competitive scholarships designed to attract high quality students onto The Loughborough MBA ahead of its next intake in October 2012.

In the year of the Olympics, it’s perhaps fitting that the scholarships reflect Loughborough’s sporting heritage, with a Gold Award worth 40% fees, a Silver Award worth 25% fees and a Bronze Award worth 10% fees.

The Gold award is aimed at prospective students with both a 2:1 or above bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ managerial experience, whereas the Silver award is aimed at students that meet either of these criteria. Both are awarded on the basis of an original essay. The Bronze award offers a discount to Loughborough University alumni or for delegates from organisations that nominate multiple participants onto the programme.

MBA programme director Stuart West commented: “We insist on a minimum of 3 years’ managerial experience as a condition of joining the MBA as it ensures high calibre students join the programme and the best possible levels of class room interaction. Our competitive scholarships are designed to help attract high quality students onto the programme, who can contribute significantly to an enriching learning environment by sharing their professional experiences.”

For full details on each of the scholarships, as well as university scholarships and external funding opportunities please click on the Fees and Funding tab for whichever of the Full-Time MBA or International Sports Management MBA is of most interest to you.

If you’re looking for a world-class, career-accelerating MBA from an EQUIS-accredited, top-10 UK business school that prepares you as a manager ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges then choose the Loughborough MBA – tomorrow’s way of doing business.

Come and visit us at the AMBA Spring AMBA Fair in London on 21st April 2012, at one of the international QS fairs we are attending in the UAE, India and China during May and June, or at one of our on-campus MBA open events in July and September.

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The Loughborough MBA – coming to a QS Fair near you! Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:39:25 +0000

Loughborough University, which recently launched its new Full-Time MBA and executive International Sports Management MBA, will be joining the QS World MBA Tour in Asia this May.

“Joining the QS World MBA Tour in 2012 signals the emergence of Loughborough University as a truly global player in the MBA arena.” explained MBA programme director Stuart West.

“The QS fairs we are attending offer a fantastic opportunity to find out about scholarships, fees and admissions from course representatives ahead of our October 2012 intakes.”

In addition, QS will be offering a number of seminars and masterclasses aimed at helping you with your MBA application and the career opportunities available on completion.

Mr West added: “Our new MBAs are designed to develop the leaders of the future and are based on a very positive philosophy. Our MBAs are about turning challenges into opportunities through innovation and smarter, more efficient use of resources; considering how organisations could be run differently to be more effective in the long run; and teaching you how to actually apply management theory in the real world. These are critical skills for the managers of the future and will help you transform the organisations you work for and set you apart to employers.”

Loughborough University has a central location in the UK, just 90 mins from London and 45 mins from Birmingham. It offers the opportunity to study on the largest single-site green campus in the UK, covering 437 attractively landscaped acres; and is well connected by local airports at East Midlands and Birmingham. Inexpensive living costs offer excellent value for money compared to many UK cities.

If you’re looking for a world-class, career-accelerating MBA from an EQUIS-accredited, top-10 UK business school that prepares you as a manager ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges then choose the Loughborough MBA – tomorrow’s way of doing business.

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What makes a good MBA? Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:16:01 +0000

The world is awash with MBAs, and it’s easy to see why. Professionals armed with a reputable MBA stand a much better chance of rising to senior management positions than someone without one. Research from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in 2010 also shows that the earnings of MBA graduates shot up by an average of 33% immediately after completing their study, and rose by 151% within 10 years of graduation.

The importance of national (e.g. The Times) and international (e.g. QS, FT, The Economist) league table rankings shouldn’t be overlooked and give a general indication of the quality of education available at each institution. Accreditation from bodies such as AMBA, EQUIS or AACSB signal the business school and qualification you choose has met rigorous levels of quality that’s consistent around the world: from the experience of candidates on the programme, to the quality and type of teaching, the profile of faculty, and the level of support offered.

Beyond Rankings – How to make a Difference

But it’s clear that rankings and accreditations aren’t everything however. The reality is that beyond the curb appeal generated from where you studied your MBA, once you get to a senior management position you want to be able to really make a difference, transform your company for the better, and be prepared for anything.

But the business world is changing. Tomorrow’s managers will need to be adaptable, able to manage scarcity and complexity to maximise competitive advantage, and know how to implement innovation to drive businesses forward. They will be dynamic, creative problem solvers who can find smarter ways of turning complex challenges into opportunities for competitive advantage. These sorts of managers are already highly sought after and will increasingly be in demand in the future.

MBA content that prepares you for tomorrow’s challenges

Most MBAs offer a strong foundation in the essentials of corporate management. Often very similar, they cover standard corporate management theory designed to address the issues of today. The Loughborough MBA is different. Grounded in practical application, it covers everything you would expect but is embedded with an approach to management decision that addresses the issues of tomorrow: managing scarcity, sustainability and alternate forms of ownership and governance provided through social enterprises and mutuals.

We are launching a new Full-Time MBA (one year) and an International Sports Management MBA (two years, EMBA) from October 2012, to complement our existing Part-Time MBA (two to three years).

Choose an MBA that’s future proof. Choose one from an EQUIS-accredited, top-10 UK business school that’s respected by employers, will transform your business and accelerate your career. Choose the Loughborough MBA – tomorrow’s way of doing business.

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Why greater banking competition is needed to help smaller UK businesses Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:08:41 +0000

Prof David Llewellyn, Loughborough University

Loughborough University Economics Professor calls for more competition amongst UK banks as Project Merlin fails to work magic for smaller businesses

Figures released by the British Bankers’ Association reveal that the five main UK banks have missed targets for lending to smaller businesses (SMEs) by more than £1bn.

Under Project Merlin, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and Santander UK, were to make it easier for smaller firms to access credit.  While the latest figures show an increase in overall lending, only £74.9bn was loaned to SMEs – less than the government’s £76bn target.

Loughborough University’s Professor David Llewellyn said:  “SMEs are particularly dependent on banks for financing.  Because of the recession, and the capital and liquidity constraints faced by banks, the government has sought to avoid a credit crunch in SME lending through the Merlin project.  However, it has not proved very successful.”

Banks have blamed the poor economic backdrop and fewer firms coming forward for credit, while the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has criticised the scheme it says meant “that money is going to bigger businesses and not new and fledgling firms that need it.”  The FSB’s own survey indicates SMEs as more likely to obtain finance through savings or friends and family, rather than bank credit.

“The five Merlin banks fell short of the £76bn target largely due to weak lending by the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland,” explained Professor Llewellyn.  “The position is in fact worse than that because net lending (i.e. new money) to SMEs declined last year by £10bn and the cost of loans to SMEs rose.”

Project Merlin will not be repeated this year.  Instead, the government is negotiating with banks over a national loans guarantee scheme it hopes will increase the flow of bank lending to the SME sector and lower the cost of loans by up to 1%.  “But what is really needed,” urged Professor Llewellyn, “is more competition in the market for SME lending as over 80% of such loans are made by only five banks.”

Professor Llewellyn lectures in Banking and Finance at Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics.  He acts as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Banking Stakeholder Group at the European Banking Authority (EBA) and is a regular commentator on banking issues.

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