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Posted by: on February 26, 2018

I’m back!

7 a.m. on what appears to be a freezing Monday and I’m getting ready to leave my room and head into Saïd. It’s February, it’s Module 2 of the Oxford Executive MBA (January 2018 intake) and I´m back. The first Module in January flew by – everything and everyone was new, an intoxicating mix of […]

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Posted by: on February 23, 2018

Safari of Extremes

I always knew post-graduation that at some point in my life I would like to embark on an MBA but the timing never felt right.  I finally went through the journey of finding the right course and applying.  Having been accepted at all my chosen schools I finally decided on Oxford.  The rankings played a […]

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Posted by: on February 19, 2018


The first week is simply amazing beyond words! Welcome dinner at Ashmolean Museums – one of the many museums of Oxford; formal matriculation ceremony in Divinity School – in Latin; college introduction – each one of us belongs to a college, mine is Balliol College; famous Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) debates and events; amazing […]

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Posted by: on February 6, 2018

Road to Said

The first module of EMBA January 2018 wrapped up two weeks ago. IT. WAS. INCREDIBLE. This blog was an invaluable source of information for me throughout my journey to reach that point. Thus, I am delighted to contribute and share my experiences at Saïd with you. For my first post, I want to share with […]

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Posted by: on February 2, 2018

My four initial impressions of the Oxford EMBA

I was waiting to board my flight at Verona airport and I can’t deny that I was a little apprehensive. I would soon be starting an Executive MBA at the University of Oxford. While it sounds exciting, I still had cold feet. All kinds of thoughts were racing through my head. Was I doing the […]

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Posted by: on January 25, 2018

A jolly good start to the EMBA programme

To ensure that I would feel refreshed before I would start the Oxford EMBA programme, I went on a 3-week holiday to Vietnam. I was fully aware that time will be scarce once I enrolled in the programme so this was the moment to take a break. As expected, time flew and before I knew […]

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Posted by: on January 25, 2018

The power of the context: when current issues can become future opportunities

India has a vibrant economy, with a growth rhythm that out-pass China, and is full of absolute extremes and challenges. Facing a demographic boom that Europe cannot comprehend, India has right now 200 million kids at school that need education, and 1 million doctors that are not enough for its growing population. India’s provoking scale, […]

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Posted by: on January 17, 2018

Scholarship Winners’ Q&A: Module in India

Recently returned from Oxford’s Global Rules of the Game module in India, Pamela and Elena reflect on their experiences and new-found lens on emerging markets: Pamela: Exploring emerging markets in situ was an eye-opening experience; where better to interrogate and debate global rules of the game than in India. What was your take on this? […]

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Posted by: on January 5, 2018

“She who returns from a journey is not the same as she who left” – Chi...

EMBAS16 descended into Shanghai and Hangzhou, China for our second international module in early December. A year after our visit to Mumbai, India, we continued our studies of global markets by venturing across the continents – a hallmark of the Oxford EMBA programme. As an overseas Chinese who grew up in the United States, the […]

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Posted by: on December 22, 2017

A single step

More than 2500 years ago, Laozi is reputed to have said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – this one started rather with a flurry of steps, akin to unsynchronised tap dancing. The simple fact is that I did not plan or see this coming: when you start researching […]

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