Global Demand for Business School Graduates Grows

Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, talking to Ducere Students
Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, talking to Ducere Students

Global demand for business school graduates is higher than in previous years, answering the important question, why study business at University?

Employers across the world are planning on hiring more business school students than ever before. In particular, MBA students are expected to attract higher salaries. 84 percent of companies in the world are planning to hire new MBAs, up from 74 percent in 2014.

This all comes from a new survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council, drawing responses from 748 employers in 47 countries around the world.

The results also indicate that employers in the Asia-Pacific are likely to consider online courses as an alternative to mainstream University courses. 9 in 10 employers cite a demonstrated track record, strong communication skills, and solid technical or quantitative skills as their top three selection criteria.

This comes as good news for students studying Ducere’s world-class business courses, which offer online business education tailored to meet the demands of employers.

Our courses are practical, offering students who study the Bachelor’s and MBA the opportunity to work on real business cases with companies such as NAB and PwC, and even not-for-profits such as Save the Children.

Students are taught by a range of online global leaders, such as the Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School, Mr. Robert Kaplan, or the founder of the USA Network, Ms. Kay Koplovitz. This gives students access to the best minds in business, providing real-world examples they can apply to job-interviews and work scenarios.

The courses also equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools to create and run their own business, with this even being a mandatory requirement for Bachelor of Entrepreneurship students.

Graduates can potentially finish their course with a fully fledged business.

All students will end their degree with an in-depth understanding of business and be able to leverage these practical concepts for employers. The Ducere model allows students to finish their courses “work-ready”, a factor increasingly demanded by businesses looking to hire graduates.

So why study business at University? To get more work-ready.

Ducere’s partner institution, The University of Canberra, are delighted to be a part of Ducere’s vision to prepare more work-ready students in Australia.

“The University of Canberra is well known for its creativity and innovation. In launching the new MBA Innovation and Leadership with our partner, Ducere, the University is building on this reputation, offering what is undoubtedly the most original course for the managers of our future. It is a game changer for management education in Australia.”
The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Stephen Parker.

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Julia Gillard is now Chancellor of Dūcere

Dūcere, an Australian social enterprise, is delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Gillard as Chancellor.

Dūcere is a world leading education initiative with two arms. It is an academic enterprise, which has developed leading education programs in combination with over 150 global leaders – including Presidents, Prime Ministers, Nobel Prize winners, humanitarians and global CEOs – and that partners exclusively with public higher education institutions, including TAFEs and universities. The second arm, The Dūcere Foundation, is a philanthropic entity, which is fully funded by Dūcere and operates a range of programs to transform public education African nations. This includes a Peace Centre program, school improvement programs in maths, science and English, and the world’s first publishing house to capture oral story telling traditions across the continent. Currently the foundation employs over 50 full time staff in ten African nations.

As Chancellor of Dūcere, Ms Gillard will have an active role in the strategic direction of Ducere and delivery of all its objectives.

Mat Jacobson, Founder of Dūcere comments: “We are thrilled to have someone as experienced and passionate about education as Ms Gillard join us as Chancellor. Her depth of experience in education policy is unparalleled and we believe she will be vital to our objectives of transforming the education landscape.”

Ms Gillard will have an active presence in the Dūcere Foundation as well as working closely on Dūcere’s overarching goals of developing programs at the forefront of academic and industry collaboration.

Ms Gillard will help support the outcomes and effectiveness of the Foundation and its programs and also garner support and collaborative partnerships, both in Australia and globally; to promote Dūcere vision’s to all stakeholders. This will enhance Dūcere’s current partnerships with Universities, the Clinton Global Initiative, The United Nations and other influential bodies.

As part of her position as Chancellor, Ms Gillard will have an active role in developing initiatives to promote women’s leadership and innovation in education; a subject close to her heart.

On her appointment, Ms Gillard commented: “The connection between higher education, industry and Government is vital to the future success of academic institutions. So too are the links between academic underpinning and real world learning at all levels of education, which is one of the main reasons for my involvement with Dūcere; the organisation is a platform for creating meaningful change in education at both an academic and philanthropic level and I am delighted to be joining them as Chancellor.”