Athabasca University Honours MBA Grads at Convocation in Athabasca



    ST. ALBERT, AB, June 13 /CNW/ - On June 14, Athabasca University will
celebrate the achievements of 169 new MBA grads at a Convocation ceremony in
Athabasca and an MBA Gala at the Westin in Edmonton. This year's class
includes grads from across Canada and the United States, as well as Congo,
Ukraine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the United
Kingdom.
    Athabasca University's online MBA program, renowned for its flexibility
and rigor, was the perfect choice for Mike McInnis, Assistant Vice President
and Deputy Manager of Canadian Western Bank. "The Athabasca MBA experience was
much more than I could have imagined. The work load was staggering at times,
although it led to a learning experience that far exceeded my expectations.
Getting perspectives from fellow students and academics from different
cultures, countries, and levels of organizations from front line managers to
top executives, in small companies to multinationals, expanded my learning
exponentially."
    Akin Oni, Deputy Project Director for BHP Billiton-Nickel in Perth,
Australia, is one of the graduates making the journey to Athabasca. "I began
the MBA while working for BHP in Yellowknife, NWT and was promoted to my
current role in Perth near the end of the MBA. The Athabasca MBA was an
amazing adventure. I had to stay relentlessly focused and be disciplined with
my time management to be successful throughout the program. I really believe
this has been a much more than getting three letters behind my name, it's been
a learning experience that has enhanced my career. It's already had a
wonderful impact on my life and the lives of my wife and three children as we
enjoy our new life in Australia!"
    As Dr. Alex Kondra, Executive Director of the Centre for Innovative
Management, home of Athabasca University's graduate management programs notes,
"Convocation is not only a time when we celebrate the exceptional achievements
of our grads, it is a time to reflect on the impact of this MBA program on
countless organizations world-wide. The relationships that are formed online
extend well beyond our virtual learning environment, and this Convocation is
one more expression of the powerful connection that AU MBA grads share with
each other and Athabasca University."

    Launched in 1994 as the world's first online MBA program, Athabasca
University's MBA program has grown to become Canada's largest Executive MBA
with over 800 students and 2,100 alumni world-wide. The Financial Times of
London has recognized the AU MBA as one of the" top Executive MBAs in the
world."





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For further information: Media inquiries: Marilyn Wangler, Director of
Marketing and Communications, Ph: (780) 418-7553, or Cell: (780) 965-0457,
Email: marilynw@athabascau.ca

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