Distance is no issue as MBA grads from around the world attend Athabasca University's Convocation

    ST. ALBERT, AB, June 8 /CNW/ - Close to half of this year's 218 MBA grads
are traveling to Athabasca tomorrow to receive their degrees in person at
Athabasca University's Convocation ceremony. The AU MBA Class of 2007
represents every region of Canada, the United States and several other
countries including Australia, Germany, Yemen, Switzerland and Kenya. As Dr.
Lindsay Redpath, Executive Director of the Centre for Innovative Management,
home of Athabasca University's online graduate management programs notes, "We
have a great turnout for Convocation, reflecting the truly international
character of AU's MBA program, and its impact on the Canadian and global
business communities. The attendance at this year's Convocation reflects the
extraordinary connection that our grads have to the program, to their fellow
grads, to their professors, and to Athabasca University."
    Moses Abowga, MBA and head of Information Technology at the Commercial
Bank of Africa in Nairobi Kenya, is one of the graduates making the journey to
Athabasca. "The way the degree is structured makes you feel like you are in a
class with your colleagues, despite being hundreds of miles away. I almost
felt like I knew people whom I had not met - the online degree was great!"
This will be Moses' second trip to Alberta; in October of 2004, he attended a
residential elective program in Calgary and experienced snow for the first
    Also traveling to Athabasca is Rob Drew, MBA and Operations Manager for
Terex Utilities in South Dakota. "Partially as a result of the AU MBA, I
relocated to the United States as a consultant, later Plant Manager and
currently, Operations Manager in South Dakota for an $8 billion US global
manufacturer," says Rob. "AU offered the flexibility required for my work
schedule and travel. I traveled extensively during my studies and even worked
on one of my courses while in Milan, Italy."
    The global perspective is one of the reasons Edmontonian Kevin Peterson,
MBA and Vice President with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP decided to enroll in
Athabasca University's MBA. "I knew AU's program had a great reputation in
Canada," says Kevin. "What really sold me was the incredible amount of
interaction with other senior managers all across the country and around the
world. The international experience of my fellow classmates really helped me
to challenge, critique and analyze the way I think and how businesses operate
in the global market. The interactive model AU has built to deliver its MBA is
sensational and is truly at the leading edge of what's possible in online

    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 world-wide, and an alumni population approaching 2,000.
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, Athabasca University's Centre for Innovative
Management, Ph: (780) 418-7553, or Cell: (780) 965-0457, Email: 

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