16 January 2008

UQ Business School’s innovative new 12-month MBA featuring the unique Leadership Enhancement Program will welcome its first students when orientation begins on Thursday, January 24.

MBA Director Dr Polly Parker said the Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP) would run alongside academic content and would build on students’ existing skills.

“Students entering the UQ MBA program already have a level of leadership capability and the LEP is designed to help each of them improve over the course of their time with us,” she said.

“We’ve developed our own Leadership Capability Framework – which is a tool that allows students to assess their skills at the beginning of the program and again at the end.

“Our expectation is that they will see visible evidence of their own development while in the MBA program.”

Dr Parker said graduates would also be able to use the tool to help them continue to develop their leadership skills after completing their MBAs.

“We will encourage our alumni to revisit the Leadership Capability Framework within three years of graduating,” she said.

Head of the UQ Business School Professor Tim Brailsford said the Leadership Capability Framework was one of the ways the School had differentiated its MBA program.

“All MBAs claim to develop leadership capacity – we thought it was time to provide some evidence,” he said.

The UQ MBA program can be completed in 12 months full-time.

Media: Cathy Stacey 07 3365 6179.