There’s plenty to look forward to about studying a business degree in Australia at Flinders University. From graduating job ready in a competitive graduate market, to internationally recognised world-class teaching, to invaluable industry collaborations. But don’t take our word for it – listen to what our students have to say and discover why you’ll love studying Business at Flinders.
1. Graduate job-ready
Crystal Wang chose to study the Master of Accounting with Flinders Business because of its high employability rate. She felt secure in the fact that the Careers and Employability Service would provide her with access to employers, tailored career advice, and a range of employment resources.
The Flinders University Work Experience Program provided Crystal with work experience while studying. The program gives the business community access to enthusiastic volunteers preparing for their careers. In her final semester, Crystal took an internship with BT Financial Group, one of Australia’s leading wealth management organisations. This placement was invaluable to Crystal as it provided her with work experience in margin loans, customer service, and superannuation. It also allowed her to further develop communication skills and financial vocabulary. All while supporting her career goal to work in auditing for one of the ‘Big Four‘ accounting firms.
Crystal believes that Flinders is a great choice for students wanting both theoretical and practical knowledge. “Flinders is the golden choice for overseas students who want to study in Australia. Flinders will help you build a solid foundation for your future because it can provide a variety of working opportunities in big companies during your studies.”
2. Internationally recognised accreditations
Flinders is the first South Australian university, and only the third in Australia to receive accreditation from the prestigious Association of MBAs (AMBA).
Considered one of the leading authorities on postgraduate business education, AMBA accredits the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Management (MBM), and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) courses in only the top 2% of the world’s Business Schools.
Students receive the benefit of excellence in teaching, and a sign of our commitment to develop programs that are of the highest standard. Additionally Flinders MBA students have access to AMBA’s global community; boasting more than 33,000 students and alumni in more than 75 countries, for networking, thought leadership, career development and a variety of perks and benefits.
This elite ranking was a critical factor in choosing Flinders for Chinese student Skeat Yu, Master of Business (International Business)
“I chose to study with Flinders Business because it’s one of only four Universities in Australia that have AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation. It was great to know I was studying Business with a uni that has good rankings!”
3. Collaboration with industry
We support a diverse learning environment – focused on collaboration with fellow students, academics and industry. Our Work Integrated Learning programme (WIL), adds immense value to the student journey. Through collaborations with business, industry and entrepreneurs, students are able to learn on the job. Allowing for a competitive edge in the post-grad job market.
Key industry partners include: Pricewaterhouse Coopers, McDonald’s, Bank SA, EY Hudson, BT and Bendigo Bank.
For Thuy Dang, who studied a Bachelor of International Business, her industry placement helped to define her future career.
“I was clueless and didn’t shape any career goals before the internship. I didn’t know what I liked or what I was really good at.”
Being placed with an Adelaide based arts and culture organisation saw her working in marketing and communications, creating social media content.
“The placement was so fulfilling,” says Thuy, saying that she has been volunteering with the foundation since her placement ended. “Marketing is something I am very interested in and I’m so thankful to Flinders for the industry experience that will shape my future.”
4. Innovation and enterprise
“We live in an era of disruptive change in which the pace of technological innovation is remarkable.” says Professor Colin Stirling, Flinders University Vice-Chancellor. As a university we must rise to the challenge of preparing graduates success in a future that will be dynamic and unpredictable. Through a variety of Innovation and Enterprise courses, students develop their capacity to leverage disruption, enhance creativity and understand entrepreneurial experience – embedding a culture of enterprise.
An award-winning hub for entrepreneurs and future employers who are creating next-generation start-ups, the Flinders New Venture Institute (NVI) has been awarded the Top Challenger: Asia-Pacific (UBI Global World Ranking Report 17/18) from over 1, 370 university linked incubator programs.
The Flinders University New Venture Institute gives students access to brilliant business minds with real-world experience, who are driving innovation in their fields. Dynamic entrepreneurs like Flinders’ business graduate Nicho Teng, a finalist in the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. At just 31 years of age Nicho is already an accomplished entrepreneur who has created two dynamic and complementary businesses which prioritise innovation and customer service excellence.
Mr Teng credits his success with a solid education in business tax, commerce and accounting received at Flinders, together with help from mentors and friends.
“How did I get to where I am today? I had to learn to think big, to go beyond. I had to learn to become my own boss. I had to learn to challenge the system and to change the world,” says Nicho. “And where did I get all this knowledge from? Flinders University.”
5. Nurturing emotional intelligence
The environment of the modern workplace makes it crucial that we offer more than just an academic experience. Our teaching embeds research opportunities that nurture creativity and critical thinking.
With a focus on emotional intelligence and intercultural competence, we aim to equip our students to make a difference in the world as respectful and ethical citizens.
“Flinders University improved my confidence, time management, and self-discipline,” says Crystal Wang, of her soft skill learnings. “It helped me develop my communication skills, which is especially important for international students,” she says.
For International business graduate Thuy, this style of learning has been more valuable than simply, “remembering theories,” as she continues to strengthen her English language skills and build a network.
“I have been given the opportunity to truly learn, interact and experience my journey studying abroad with local students and teachers.”
If you would like to study in Australia and learn more about Flinders University, enquire with our friendly International team here.
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