AMBA Awards Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Student of the Year

Publication date: 12 November 2013
Article type: Press release

AMBA awards Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Student of the Year - A responsible betting man, Greeks investing during a crisis and an MBA graduate giving back to African society

Every year, 40,000 MBA students graduate from AMBA’s (the Association of MBAs) 204 Accredited Business Schools, in 70 countries worldwide. An MBA is the most respected Business Leader qualification in the world (AMBA accredits just 1% of the world’s Executive MBA programmes) and many of these MBAs will progress to become some of the world’s most influential Business and Society Leaders.

The three AMBA annual MBA awards - MBA Student of the Year Award, MBA Innovation Award and MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award, awarded at AMBA’s Annual Awards and Gala Dinner in London on November, 7th 2013, celebrate the quality and achievements of MBA education.     

The global business world, still shaken by the global financial crisis, needs inspirational leaders more than ever. Three inspiring success stories from South Africa, Greece and UK come to light.

Olebogeng Glad Dibetso, an MBA graduate from Gordon Institute of Business Science from Pretoria has won the coveted MBA Student of the Year Award.  

Ambitious, driven and determined to succeed, Glad followed his mother’s advice to pursue education as the best escape from a life of poverty. ”Remembering my mother’s words that noone can take your education away from you, I started my MBA promising myself that I will not compete with anyone, but try to add value to my classmates and my community. When the purpose is bigger than self, miracles can happen. The more I reached out to help others, the more I succeeded at both the MBA and my work”, he added. ”If there is one message that I want to get across”, Glad said, “it is that it is possible to succeed against all the odds. However, quality education increases those odds significantly.”

As a sign of his continued commitment to improving business and financial skills in South Africa’s youth, Glad decided to donate his cash prize of £1000 award to BizSchool, a programme teaching South Africa’s youth about the world of work and business.

While the Greeks are still struggling with their debt crisis, positive stories emanating from Greece are rare. However, Athens University of Economics & Business has good reason to celebrate. Their specific MBA programme with a cutting edge curriculum on e-skills, has earned AUEB the MBA Innovation Award.

The University claims their International MBA programme is the first MBA programme in Europe to offer cutting edge curriculum and training on e-skills (eBusiness Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Web Analytics, Pay-per-Click, Mobile Marketing, and Conversion Optimization) as part of the traditional classroom-based MBA.

“While Glad’s story shows that the best way to succeed is by using your talent for the benefit of others, Athens University of Economics & Business identified a clear gap in MBA curriculum related to e-marketing, e-business and e-skills courses – all business drivers for the next decade,” said AMBA’s Chief Executive, Andrew Main Wilson.

Simo Dragicevic, MBA graduate from Cass Business School won the Entrepreneurial Venture Award for his BetBuddy venture, which provides gaming industry executives assistance in using business data to make better business decisions, and to drive growth in a responsible manner. Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angels Den and a member of the judging panel said: “This project provides services to both sides of the gaming sector; at the same time helping people bet less and bet more, whilst implementing higher standards of player protection and the principles of Responsible Gaming.”

The Association of MBAs 
AMBA is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education and the only global MBA-specific Accrediting body. Established in 1967, it sets the global standard for accrediting MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. The Association currently accredits programmes in more than 200 schools in 70 countries worldwide. AMBA is also a professional membership association with thousands of MBA members in over 100 countries, connecting MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers worldwide.

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