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Taylor Vowles

Degree:

Diploma in Financial Strategy

Location:

United States

Industry:

Finance

Year:

2015

By Taylor Vowles

What to expect from Saïd Business School and Oxford University

I just got back from my first module sessions for the Diploma in Financial Strategy. I had expectations of what Oxford would be like because my partners are Oxford Alumni. However, my expectations were blown away. Upon arriving at the University of Oxford, I was embraced by the architecture of the Ashmolean Museum and humbled by the paintings at Christ Church Picture Gallery.

Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum

As my classmates and I attended the opening remarks, we met with the recruiting officers, Andy Poole and Natalie Meade, who have become an important part of setting up our expectations for the program. While attending the Saïd Business School, I was also accepted to St. Hugh’s College. One of our nights was getting acquainted with the college including having dinner with the Principal of St. Hugh’s College, Dame Elish Angiolini. Ms. Angiolini gave us a warm welcome for joining the rich heritage at Oxford and St. Hugh’s College.

Diploma in Financial Strategy Dinner

Diploma in Financial Strategy Dinner

On the first day, I become acquainted with classmates who are leaders in various industries and from all continents. This cultural diversity combined with our depth of experiences really made Saïd Business School a world-class learning environment for us all.

Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School

On one of our days, we had a guest speaker, Olivier Sibony, who is the Director at McKinsey & Co., share with us his experiences in and dedication to the field of Strategy Practice. The calibre of the learning material was beyond what I was expecting, which really made a significant impact on my perspective on strategy.

Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School

Above all, Professor Richard Whittington masterfully fostered the atmosphere to be intellectually engaging and stimulating. He utilized his own research and consulting experience to lead us in solving real-life issues. Particularly, I appreciated his genuine interest in training us to become exceptional thinkers- continually challenging our own assumptions while leaving us room for creativity and innovation.

Oxford University

Oxford University

These unparalleled experiences, along with the wealth of professional relationships established, have all helped me believe that the Saïd Business School is more than a business school. It is a place where business leaders from all industries are unified and where the intellectual barriers are broken. Indeed, it is a place where faculties, professionals, and students come together to solve the most challenging business problems in the world.

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