Mustafa Abbas




United Kingdom




Sep 2018 - May 2020

By Mustafa Abbas

It’s Oxford, innit?

There are many EMBA schools globally that will certify your competence for business. They produce “how to“ graduates in sausage factories. There is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. But none aims to develop “critical thinking” in the manner that only Oxford could.

Having been asked on multiple occasions the reason for doing the EMBA at SBS, I’ve decided to offer an insight into why the Oxford EMBA should be your number one choice, if you’re considering an EMBA at all. As I hope is self-evident I have provided a response of the utmost impartiality.

This EMBA is valuable for those with further ambitions at any age and whatever these may be. Moves post EMBA may be vertical, horizontal or for any other purpose. The world is your proverbial oyster. You’ll increase your income if that’s your mission and you will set up an NGO if that’s your vision of success. You will write your own script.

But you don’t need to have crystallised your next steps before coming here. The course and the people you will meet help foster an environment of reflection, introspection, collaboration and creativity. Anything could happen. This is after all the epicentre of knowledge!

Exceeding 750 years of existence as possibly the greatest institution of learning (Merton College was founded in 1264 and Balliol has similar but inferior claims) rest assured this will probably never be surpassed. By coming here you become a part of Oxford’s history, forever.

Although we could imagine some segments of the Oxford EMBA offering as being replicable, it is almost inconceivable to enjoy the full cluster of benefits that are on offer.

Nowhere else could one enjoy not only this unique approach to learning, but with a cohort from such rich and diverse international backgrounds and all of this occuring in the most beautiful setting. The “other place(s)” are left far behind.

When you do come, enjoy the splendours of this place, and of course give back when you can.

So there it is; utmost impartiality.

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