Australia has attracted thousands of students from all over the world over the years because of its beautiful beaches, laid-back culture, and many job opportunities.
It is also a good place to study if you want to do well in school. In the most recent QS World University Rankings, 36 Australian universities were included. Seven of those universities, including the University of Sydney, were ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
We asked two University of Sydney Business School graduates why they chose to get their MBA in Australia.
The high quality of schooling in Australia
Kevin Lenahan is from the US and went to school for the Full-time MBA. Kevin was first interested in the University of Sydney because it had a good reputation (it was ranked 40th in the world) and because of its history and location.
“The best school is the University of Sydney. He said, “I knew that my classmates would be strong, accomplished people and that the teachers would be top-notch, well-informed, and good at what they did.”
Nadia King is from Barbados, and she also did the Full-time MBA. She was also interested in the university because it had a good name.
She said, “I had a personal tie to the University of Sydney, and it was also ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability. My uncle is a graduate of the University of Sydney, and he was the one who told me about the program.
To meet valuable business connections
Kevin and Nadia were able to meet a lot of people who could help them in their future careers because they went to school in Australia.
Kevin said, “When I was at the University of Sydney, I met a lot of friendly, smart business and government leaders. I also met a number of heads of state and CEOs from the Fortune 500.”
Kevin worked with real Australian businesses as part of a program called “Learning by Walking Around” while he was getting his MBA at the University of Sydney Business School.
He said, “We’d be free to walk around companies and find out about their problems from the bottom up. Our company tours gave us the most insight and put the classroom theory into context.
Nadia also said, “It was a great mix of theory with more practical and hands-on ways to learn.” Some study units gave us the chance to use what we had learned in the real world and talk with Australian Business Leaders.
Kevin still talks to people who work at the University of Sydney Business School. He often talks to them for an hour on the phone and calls them his “second family.”
“The MBA team cares about the students and knows all of our first names,” he said. On the last day, our program director told a few funny stories about what each student had done that was surprising.
To help me build my own business
When Kevin started his MBA, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do afterward. He already knew he wanted to start his own business, but he said the program helped him figure out what he wanted to do.
He said, “We all used the knowledge of our peers and teachers, as well as the learning environment, to build our paths to success.”
“I think the MBA is good for students who want to grow their business as entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs by focusing on coming up with new ideas and putting them into action. Here, the Lean Startup Methodology works well!”
Kevin started an NGO after getting his MBA. It now has more than 40 volunteers, eight full-time workers, and 1,099 contract workers who work for three client companies.
He said, “By the end of the program, I had an NGO, a business, and a bigger network of friends and family.”
To learn about a different culture
Nadia grew up on the small island of Barbados and wanted to see the world, see natural wonders, and learn about other cultures.
After going to Asia in 2017, she wanted to see more of the world and thought that studying in Australia would be a great way to do so.
“I saw this as the perfect chance to not only move forward with my academic and career goals, but also follow my travel interests and invest in myself. “I saw this international experience as a way to improve how I talk to people from other cultures and learn more about their way of life,” Nadia said.
“Living on an island can make you think in a narrow way, which can make it hard for you to be creative. My first degree, which I got at home, showed me this because it didn’t have that international touch.
“I thought that living abroad would be a great way to broaden my horizons and help me grow up to be a well-rounded adult.”
You can do a lot in your free time.
Kevin and Nadia both said that their favorite part of studying in Australia was how much there was to do in their free time.
Kevin said, “After class, we would either do group work or study, then go to the beach, out to eat, venture capital pitch nights, or networking events. Our class even went to Cairns, Queensland, for a beach-and-rainforest vacation. It was wonderful!”
Nadia said that she loved being outside so much. She liked the natural views that Sydney had to offer, as well as the coastal walks, hiking, and relaxing on the beach.
She said, “We’d go out to eat, drink, play soccer and basketball, go to the beach, the gym, venture capital pitch nights, startup events, corporate networking events, concerts, language or cooking classes, bushwalks, movies, plays, or harbor cruises. Sydney has everything you can think of.”
Australia’s strong view of the world
Both graduates were attracted to the course at first because of how international it was.
Kevin’s MBA program was small, with only 50 students, but it had a wide range of backgrounds. Students in the class came from 18 different countries and worked in many different fields.
He said, “There were no more than five people from the same country, so cultural cliques were almost impossible to form. We all got along.” We also learned to appreciate and learn the finer points of doing business abroad.”
Nadia also liked that her MBA gave her a global perspective.
She said, “The program helped me get a broader view of global leadership and a better understanding of it.”
“It showed me how important it is to know myself, my team, and my environment in order to build a successful business and leadership model for the future.
“The program helped me reach my personal goals of learning about and experiencing different cultures and building a bigger network by letting me work every day in cross-cultural teams.”
How friendly Australia is
Overall, Nadia and Kevin’s trip was a good one because Australia is a friendly and safe place to be.
Nadia said, “I felt right at home right away. Australia felt like a bigger version of Barbados, where the people are very friendly, laid-back, and welcoming. They really show what it means to “work to live” instead of “live to work,” which is similar to my culture back home.
“I always felt safe,” she said. Even though I lived in a city, I always felt safe taking the train or walking alone at night.
Kevin said this about his MBA course: “It’s a family. When you go to class in the morning, you catch up with your friends and the teachers. It’s the kind of place and time where the weekdays and weekends blend together in a good way.
“It’s nice to live in Sydney because it’s beautiful, happy, safe, and comfortable. I loved every minute I spent there.”