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Posted by: on May 26, 2020

7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Oxford Experience

At the time of writing this, my cohort is patiently awaiting the release of our final grades for the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation. Perhaps you’ve found yourself here reading these blog entries, as I did two years ago, hoping to better understand the school, the program, and the people. Or maybe, you’re a nostalgic […]

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Posted by: on April 22, 2020

Leadership requires a capacity to transcend adversity & emerge stronger

As the weeks go by and I get closer to starting module 2 of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School Diploma in Organisational Leadership I cannot express how incredibly fortunate I feel to not only have this opportunity but to be part of an educational institute that can thrive and adapt in amazing ways. […]

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Posted by: on April 16, 2020

It is the Kimbo’s way: Angola’s pathway to social innovation

Jean-Jacques Rousseau so eloquently said “men are born free, yet everywhere are in chains,” but if so, then the civil society to which all men are “chained” to, Burke argued, must be governed by a social contract upon which “a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those […]

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Posted by: on March 12, 2020

Opportunities for youth in Africa

Tell us about yourself I was born in Ghana and moved to the UK in my early teenage years. After my undergraduate degree in 2007, I started a career at Citibank in their financial crime investigations team. Over the last 13 years, I have worked with global financial institutions and the Big 4 helping organisations […]

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Posted by: on February 28, 2020

First week, first impressions!

Just back from my first Diploma in Financial Strategy module at Oxford with new friends, new perspectives and new skills! Here’s my take on how returning to university will benefit me… Breathing new life into my career: Outdated skills can end the most promising of careers. No matter what your age, knowledge is king, and […]

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Posted by: on February 26, 2020

Feeling empowered at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

I was born and raised in Ecuador, with the freshness of the Andean mountains. At 18 I arrived alone in France with the purpose of learning French. 9 months later I obtained my high school diploma in literature as any other French student and started working part-time, as a cleaning lady and a school assistant, […]

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Posted by: on January 14, 2020

Escaping Plato’s Cave

As we reach the end of the year, it’s hard not to be nostalgic about my time at the University of Oxford. Being a student at this wonderful institution has been one of the most intellectually challenging experience for me, which in turn has undoubtedly allowed me to become more conscious of the ever-changing and […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2019

Round to Flat to What???

When we were young, we were taught that the earth is round… we all have grown up listening to this in schools. Then, during the early 2000s, we read Thomas L. Friedman’s views on how the World Is Flat. In his famous book, Thomas Friedman presented his view on the world as a level playing […]

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Posted by: on November 21, 2019

Don’t be afraid to fit in as an Oxonian

When asked to write a blog about my Oxford experience I thought back to the very first hurdle, the decision to apply. Sure, you automatically think about the daunting aspects first – the funding, the time commitment on top of a full-time job, time away from your family, the exams. But then you think about […]

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Posted by: on November 20, 2019

The Pursuit of Excellence

A noticeable sense of nervous anticipation spread throughout the lecture theatre of Saïd Business School, like osmosis on a cold January morning. With forty-seven highly experienced professionals gathered from the far corners of twenty-eight differing countries, each eager to debunk the complexities of emerging markets and evolve their understanding of business at a global level, […]

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