Monash Global Executive MBA blasts into top international rankings

Monash Global Executive MBA blasts into top international rankings

24 June 2022

Monash Business School's current GEMBA cohort.

Monash Business School’s Global Executive MBA program has made a stunning debut among the ranks of the world’s most prestigious executive MBA programs, ranking no. 34 in the latest edition of the 2022 QS Executive MBA rankings.

This is the first time the Monash GEMBA program has appeared in the widely-watched executive education rankings.

In the Asia Pacific region, it is now ranked at no.9.

A 15-month intensive part-time program for experienced managers, the Global Executive MBA at Monash Business School sets itself apart from competitors with a strong focus on global partnerships with other world-leading business schools and a highly-applied, executive-level experience working with leading technology companies.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our global engagement and our strategic project work with high-tech Australian and international companies,” says Professor Patrick Butler, Director of the GEMBA program.

“The QS Executive MBA ranking result is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff who continue to provide high-quality, innovative education and the exceptional commitment and career achievements of our GEMBA students and alumni.”

GEMBA distinguishes itself globally by its partnerships with leading international business schools INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), China-Europe International Business School (Shanghai, China) and New York University Stern School of Business (NYC, USA).

Professor Butler says the Monash program provides a critical impetus for managers seeking to advance to more responsible and senior positions.

“At a point in their careers, ambitious managers realise that being an excellent performer in their functional or technical field does not guarantee entry to executive-level opportunities in business or in professional practice”

“We know that today, the leadership and strategic requirements of the C-suite are less about demonstrating specialist skills and more about making mature contributions to complex strategy and consequential issues. For managers in technical roles, leadership involves engagement with the commercialisation process – often in ever-changing and disruptive marketplaces,” says Professor Butler.

The Global Executive MBA program at Monash Business School attracts engineers, physicians, policy experts and PhD-qualified scientists from diverse sectors such as energy, biotechnology, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing and infrastructure.

“We deliberately recruit for diversity,” Professor Butler says, “precisely what mature managers need to test and challenge their often deeply-held views.”

Michelle Anglin, General Counsel (ANZ) of Reece Group, the ASX100 $10.7 billion building materials company, is an alumna of the Monash GEMBA program.

Having held commercial and in-house counsel roles in global transportation and healthcare sectors, she explains how the GEMBA supported her transition into senior management roles.

“The transition from legal advice-giver to trusted business advisor was a critical conversion for me,” she says.

“I gained valuable insight from my GEMBA peers in other executive roles and from my experience on the Monash program working directly on strategy projects in manufacturing, biotechnology and digital transformation.

"The design of the program accelerated and broadened my learning across critical non-legal areas. This strengthened the quality of my working relationships with senior business executives and the value I am able to add to the business in my role as General Counsel."

Monash Science and Pharmacy alumni feature in the 2021 GEMBA class. David Wilks (Science 1995) is an Executive Director at Bristol Myers Squibb with international responsibilities.

“I got tremendous value from the Global Business Strategy subject we studied at INSEAD," he says.

"I work in the Asia-Pacific region and will definitely benefit from the international business systems frameworks we developed - this has brought a very useful discipline to my understanding."

Kate Lucas (2006) and Ronnie Sanjana (1994) are Monash Science and Pharmacy alumni respectively.

“I have found that working on GEMBA strategy projects in entirely new industries with my teammates has sharpened my skills in analysis and planning. I bring ideas and new perspectives from the program to my work constantly,” Ms Lucas explains.

Having had managerial roles in research institutes, consulting and government, Ms Lucas is Director for Health Analytics at The Royal Children’s Hospital where she is involved in driving the digital integration of medicine, IT and science to improve patient care.

With the support and supervision of experienced academics and professors of practice, GEMBA participants work with companies on advanced manufacturing, life sciences and digital transformation projects to understand and apply cutting-edge business models in new sectors.

The Monash Global Executive MBA program offers student sponsorships to eligible Monash University alumni from all faculties, to members of BioMelbourne Network members and to Association of Corporate Council members.

The program has always sought to advance gender diversity and has sponsorship funding to support women in their professional careers.

GEMBA Information Webinars and Information Sessions are held regularly. The program is currently recruiting for the September 2022 intake; please find information and registration here.