A new academic partnership between the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development and the University of Waikato has won an international award for an innovative MBA programme they launched less than 12-months ago.
The Waikato MBA programme at Hopuhopu
- offered in collaboration with the Waikato
Management School was named winner of the inaugural MBA Innovation Award,
at a gala dinner hosted in London on October 19, by the London-based
Association of MBAs (AMBA).
incredibly rewarding; an accolade of this nature is a major achievement for the
College and University,” says Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Academic Director of the
Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.
programme was designed for Maaori leaders and takes a progressive approach to
business education by fostering Maaori values and indigenous ways of doing
business. This award is a credit to the quality of the curriculum and the
calibre of teaching it offers.”
AMBA is one
of three international management education accreditation bodies whose combined
accreditations form the prestigious Triple Crown held by a select group of
business schools around the world. Waikato Management School is one of only
three Australasian business schools to have achieved Triple Crown
"The award endorses our commitment to develop future Maaori
leaders,” says Professor Frank Scrimgeour, Dean of Waikato Management School.
"It shows that our MBA programme is world class, relevant,
and at the forefront of management thinking. And it is recognition that Waikato
Management School is held in high esteem by our international peers.”
April this year, the programme was one of four finalists selected for AMBA’s
innovation award which included MBA programmes offered in Portugal,
France/Singapore and the Netherlands.
The high profile judging panel was made up of Sir Paul
Judge, President of the Association of MBAs; Peter Lacy, Managing Director –
Accenture Sustainability Services EALA and Emeritus Professor Andrew Lock,
University of Leeds.
"If we are
to advance Maaori business leaders, then it is imperative we build and develop
international relationships. This award is an opportunity to demonstrate to the
global business community the uniqueness of our MBA programme,” says Dr
MBA programme at Hopuhopu is delivered in a waananga environment and promotes
collaborative learning with guest speakers and mentoring support from Maaori
leaders, including Waikato MBA Maaori graduates.
currently 24 students enrolled in the two-year programme. Applications to enrol
for the next intake of the Waikato MBA programme at Hopuhopu are now available.
For more information visit www.waikatotainui.ac.nz.