The London-based CEO Magazine has ranked the Otago Online MBA as the third best online MBA in the world.
For the second year in a row, the Otago Online MBA has been ranked by the CEO Magazine as being among the best in the world. In 2017, it was number 4 in the world and this year, it has moved up one place to number 3.
The criteria of measures include: quality of faculty, international diversity, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, tuition fees, international exposure, work experience, professional development and gender parity.
The Otago Online MBA is the only online MBA in New Zealand. A total of about 150 students are currently enrolled in the programme from both New Zealand and internationally. Another 50 students are expected to start their classes in a few weeks’ time.
With lectures conducted live over the Internet, students can study from wherever they are and continue to work. The virtual breakout rooms organised for them allow them to engage actively in group discussions.
“We have gone to great length to ensure that it is a fantastic learning experience for our Online MBA students,” says Ian Lafferty, Director of Executive Programmes. “We have put together a great team of lecturers who are selected for academic excellence, strong practical experience and ability to engage the students.”
"The programme is supported by committed administrative and IT support teams ensuring that the programme and every lecture run smoothly. We attracts students who have a wealth of professional experiences, and are here to sharpen their business skills and make a positive difference."
The Otago Online MBA was established in 2014 and is a relatively new programme. Its first cohort graduated last year. The ranking is a great boost to the confidence and morale of the team, and a recognition that it is on the right track. To the students, it is a confirmation that they have made the right choice.
To add to the great news, the full-time on-campus Otago MBA has also been ranked as a Tier One programme globally once again, as in 2017. For on-campus programmes, class size and delivery methods were additional criteria of measures to the above.
CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. This year CEO Magazine reached out to business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, and received data from over 270 programmes (56 online, 93 EMBA and 122 full-time and part-time MBA programmes).
Using a ranking system entirely geared and weighted towards fact-based criteria, CEO Magazine aims to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.