Executive Education wins global award


Our Executive Education team is on a roll, having been globally recognised twice within a month, now winning a silver medal from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) for its executive development work with the St John New Zealand ambulance and medical service.

The EFMD is one of the world’s leading business school accreditation bodies. The silver-medal win follows on from the team’s jump to 26th place in the 2015 Financial Times world rankings of customised program providers in May.

“This award confirms our increase in the recent Financial Times rankings,” says Zeger Degraeve, Dean of Melbourne Business School. “Rankings are the most visible indicator of quality, however, what’s critical is how we achieve our mission of helping our participants learn, become more effective and subsequently make a difference in their organizations.

“In this way, the School makes a significant contribution to the broader economy and to improving the general quality of life.”

His comments were echoed by Guy Saunders, Associate Dean, Executive Education, who says our focus on meeting clients’ development needs is being internationally recognised.

“The silver medal is further endorsement of our world-class ability to deliver executive development programs that have impact and provide value to our clients,” he says. “It confirms our position as a world-class provider and that we are up there in the quality tables with the world’s best and globally recognised business schools.”

Melbourne Business School won the silver medal at the 2015 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards after submitting a case study on the impact of its leadership development programs, delivered to St John New Zealand managers since 2008.

Following a leadership change at St John in 2013, the Executive Education team undertook an Impact Study to measure the program’s impact and adapt it to the new leadership’s greater focus on patient-centred care under a new business plan.

The study found that five years after the first program was delivered, 76 per cent of participants credited it with improving their work performance.

The study also helped Melbourne Business School and St John New Zealand create a new leadership development strategy and programs that give St John executives and senior managers the tools and frameworks to implement their refreshed business culture and direction.

“The partnership is excellent,” says St John CEO Peter Bradley, “and the new programs that we have developed are very important in enabling us to successfully execute our future business strategy and improve our culture for the benefit of our patients, clients and communities.”

To find out how we can work with you to create impact in your organisation, contact our Enquiry Centre today.