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Posted by: on November 4, 2015

Unrankable experience

This year Saïd Business School’s Executive MBA Programme was ranked second in the global ranking and first in the UK. For some, a good reason to open a bottle of Chateau Cantemerle from a good year, for others, a good reason to be as proud as a peacock. When it comes to me, well, I […]

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Posted by: on October 23, 2015

The final chapter: Oxford 2015

As I opened the acceptance letter late 2014, I knew 2015 was going to be full on. I was committing to running a full time business in Australia and studying at Oxford. However, I was ready for the challenge and excited to see what would unfold over the coming year, as this year is starting […]

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Posted by: on October 9, 2015

Oxford is a special place

I left Oxford yesterday with mixed feelings: relief that my coursework and examinations for my graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (DipSI) had finished, and all that remained were a paper for this session’s content and a larger overall term paper; gratefulness and sadness, respectively, that my cohort had gelled so well but that I […]

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Posted by: on May 11, 2015

Traditional education

How do you look back on your education? What do you remember? Well, when I look back on my mine, which I received in Ukraine, where I attended a grammar school, I can describe it as a traditional education. There were strict rules including wearing a formal school uniform and we were only permitted to […]

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Posted by: on May 7, 2015

…That’s inspirational

For me, the Diploma of Organisational Leadership has been inspirational.  The inspiration has come from multiple sources, and, often, from places that I had not anticipated. When you come to Oxford you expect to be inspired by brilliant minds.  And when it happens and you interact with a person whose intellect is razor sharp, it […]

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Posted by: on May 5, 2015

A once in a life time opportunity

An intense week of hard work among an outstanding set of classmates with very challenging professors, and all of that on an unique place. That’s the summary of what module 2 on the Oxford Diploma in Global Business was to me. As a business leader of a medium size Brazilian industrial group my goal was […]

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Posted by: on May 5, 2015

Breaking the ice

This video was taken during module one of the Diploma in Global Business when everybody was new and trying to fit in. I had great fun putting this together as it not only brought the whole class to cooperate, but we became like a family. We now have Facebook and Whatsapp group chats that keeps […]

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Posted by: on April 8, 2015

Where the W’s are…

I wake up in the middle of the night. “Why”? is my first thought. “What?”, is my second. And my third one is “How does not start with a W.” Do I detect some pre-exam stress? The Why, What and How are everywhere nowadays! Especially when I sit in front of my books and notes […]

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Posted by: on March 17, 2015

Three weeks last summer….

Last year I attended the Said Business School’s Advanced Management and Leadership Program (OAMLP).  The course was a three week residential program (at Egrove Park, not the main business school) that did three things: refreshed and updated my business skills (broad highlights of MBA subjects); assessed my leadership style (via 360 degree feedback, plus some […]

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Posted by: on February 10, 2015

Where discussions kick off 10 minutes into the first lesson

#ItsAnOxfordThing Where people from all over the world get together Where after 4 days you feel you have spent weeks with them Where discussions kick off 10 minutes into the first lesson Where lessons can be audiotaped if you broke your arm Where social events are as important as courses Where it is freezing cold, […]

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