The Extraordinary Power of Ducere’s Industry Projects

Studying for an MBA is now more accessible than ever before due to the proliferation of online course providers and moves from some providers to lower eligibility criteria for entry. This means that there are thousands of MBA graduates each year in Australia vying for the most desirable roles.

So why choose Ducere Business School over another provider? On first glance the Ducere MBA format might seem a little interesting and a little quirky. You may notice that the Ducere MBA has a faculty of global leaders. You might have noticed that there are no exams and perhaps that appeals to you.

What a lot of people seem to miss however is the extraordinary power of the industry based projects and what that means for getting noticed in the business world.

Think about this: You have the opportunity to complete projects for real companies with real commercial outcomes and the opportunity to receive an invaluable reference for your CV, all the while supported by peers, expert academics, mentors and learning resources.

Projects are completed through online collaboration in small teams of five or six people. There is no need to go on-site, and the MBA may be completed 100% online outside of business hours. The majority of the Ducere MBA candidates complete the course whilst working full-time.

You have an opportunity through the Ducere MBA to gain experience and references that you are probably not going to get through any other means. Project partners include KPMG, National Australia Bank, Seek, PwC, Save the Children Australia, the Australian Treasury and Linfox.

While there is no guarantee that you will excel, you will be completing these projects in a highly supportive environment. This is a way to get experience in high level corporate project work and build vital business skill-sets with minimal professional risk.

In the Ducere MBA program so far, the quality and value of the project deliverables has been consistently high. This shows that MBA candidates have been supported and educated to such an extent that they have been able to meet the demands of the industry projects and in most cases excel.

To date every single project delivered by Ducere MBA teams has been received favourably by industry partners. This means that all candidates have the potential for a positive written reference from the industry partner as well as a positive personal reference that they can convey anecdotally at any job interview or promotional review.

We all know that when we applying for a new role the interviewer is going to ask us to give an example of when we achieved a certain outcome or handled a certain challenge. They may also ask what value you can add as an MBA graduate. Ducere MBA graduates are at a distinct advantage here. While the typical MBA graduate may be able to relate a story from a case study in their assignment, or a concept from a book that they have read, the Ducere graduate has a real-world story, with the real-world outcome to convey.

Can you think of anywhere else in the world where you could get three references from three prestigious organisations within a 12 month period? Can you think of any other way you can get first-hand experience delivering important projects within corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations?

Most other MBAs, if they have an industry component at all will include an internship at the end of your studies. This is very different to the immersive experience that you get throughout the MBA course with Ducere.

Consider also the satisfaction of knowing that your MBA project will become a working document within the partner organisation, and not just another work of academic theory to gather dust.

To discuss further email Patrick Loke at

The views expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily shared by Ducere Business School. 




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.”