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First cohort of world's first circular economy MBA students graduate

December 09, 2016

The University of Bradford School of Management’s MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy provides both academic theory and practical case studies relating to a circular economy, tackling subjects such as regenerative product design, new business models, reverse logistics and enabling communication technologies.

Back in August this year, Gin Tidridge (Kingfisher) was the first student to graduate from the course and said at the time that ‘it was an honour to achieve a UK and global first’. Joining Gin and graduating this year are Andrew Rutgers from Philips, Eric Hoving from DSM, Ann Charlotte Mellguist from Viktoria Swedish ICT - formerly of IBM and Andy Webb from VPG Systems.

I am thrilled with the idea and ambition of taking a systemic perspective of all kinds of economic and financial analysis. This is far away from the current linear model, where most decisions are short-sighted in time and narrow-minded in space and thought. If we can find a way to include circularity in business decision making, thereby enabling a broader view and a longer perspective, that could make all the difference for the world.

- Ann Charlotte Mellguist - MBA Student

The MBA provides business professionals with the essentials in the circular economy framework. The Foundation works with other key higher education institutions who see a need to integrate circular economy concepts in their curricula across academic disciplines. Starting in April 2017, Cranfield University for example, will run a new Executive MSc in Technology, Innovation and Management for a Circular Economy. 

With nearly 100 students on the course at different stages we are delighted to see the first tranche of MBA students graduating after two years. The numbers will grow rapidly. A part time work based MBA is hard work but each student has produced outstanding work and contributed hugely to the success of the course. We are ranked in the top ten for career progression in the Financial Times ranking for online MBA and believe this programme will support our students accelerate the transition to a circular economy and achieve career success.

- Professor Peter Hopkinson, Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy MBA Director at The University of Bradford School of Management.

Bradford and Cranfield are both members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s international Pioneer University network, a programme which supports higher education institutions who are developing innovative circular economy-oriented research or teaching programmes.

Watch two of the graduates from the MBA speaking with Professor Peter Hopkinson – Director of the Circular Economy MBA, and other current students, about their course highlights, and the application of their learnings into their business practice: 

Voices from the MBA 1: Ingela, Rene & Andrew 
Voices from the MBA 2: Anne-Charlotte & Ben

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