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BOSS ranks Bond top for MBA satisfaction

Bond University's Business School has come out on top for student satisfaction in the latest Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS MBA rankings.

Students also ranked Bond Business School number two for improvement in skills in the bi-annual Australia-wide rating, the only independent national ranking of MBA programs.

Bond Business School was named seventh overall for its MBA program and fourth for its Executive MBA program in the BOSS ranking.

Queensland emerged as a sought-after education destination, with six of the top 10 MBA programs and three of the top five Executive MBA programs at universities in the Sunshine State.

Bond Business Executive Dean, Professor Mark Hirst, said Bond had a long standing reputation for student satisfaction.

"Bond Business School offers a unique model that focuses on small class sizes, a personalised teaching environment and practical skills, and that is key to our success," he said.

"We consistently rate among the top universities for MBA and Executive MBA programs and to be listed as number one for student satisfaction is a real coup, and recognition that our students really value their experience at Bond."

Bond MBA director Neva Maxim said the university had a focus on student bonding from the outset, which created a positive teaching and learning environment for the MBA program, which can be completed at Bond in 12 months full-time.

"We start the program with a three day retreat to set the tone for the students to work together and support each other, and all teaching staff know the students by name," said Ms Maxim.

"Bond's MBA offers a real diversity of nationalities, with students from 20 different countries enrolled in the program, allowing for shared business experiences and the formation of a world-wide network of contacts.  A lot of students end up going into business together.

"With global business becoming the norm, a lot of universities, including Bond, teach cross cultural management and in the MBA program they live it every day.

"For example, we have a group working on a project that includes students from Papua New Guinea, the United States, Peru and Finland. It is an extremely valuable experience to have them all working together."

Bond Executive MBA director Professor Keith Duncan said the small program size and the opportunity to balance work, life and study appealed to Executive MBA students, who could complete their program in 13 months full-time.

"We offer a mode of learning that allows for this balance, by providing eight day blocks every six weeks in which students can cover two subjects," said Mr Duncan.

"It is very intensive, but it means they can focus fully on study during that time in a collaborative and supportive environment."

Read more about the MBA and Executive MBA programs.

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