Arden University launches new MBA programme in partnership with Karren Brady.


Arden University has unveiled its new MBA programme, created in partnership with leading businesswoman, Baroness Karren Brady.

The Karren Brady MBA is an industry-led qualification, with modules heavily focused on vital business activities, such as negotiation and communication. The MBA looks to provide students with the opportunity to progress in their management careers by equipping them with the real-word skills Karren believes are key to success.

Delivered via Distance Learning, those who enrol on the Karren Brady MBA will also have the chance to attend two residentials throughout the duration of the course, with masterclasses and the opportunity to meet Karren, gaining insight from her years of boardroom experience.

As an advocate for women in business, Karren is passionate about this MBA’s potential to help female management figures reach the top of their game.

“Creating a programme for people from different backgrounds, especially women, and giving them the skills and confidence to succeed in the corporate world is a vital step in improving boardroom diversity and the productivity of UK plc,” Karren said.

“The Karren Brady MBA is suitable for both men and women. Undoubtedly, men will benefit from the promotion of skills that are often lacking in macho senior management teams. However, it is also true that women face barriers to promotion, which this progressive MBA will address.

“Diversity and inclusion is crucial for successful team performance and the fact remains that there is a glass ceiling for far too many women. Our new MBA has a high degree of relevance for female managers in this country. About 30% of MBA completers are women in this country and that cannot be right in 2020.”

Victoria Stakelum, Deputy CEO of Arden University, said: “Baroness Brady is highly respected in industry and has a wealth of knowledge in the corporate world. She will be able to give students on the Karren Brady MBA unique insights and a competitive edge as they seek to upskill and learn practical ways to develop their careers at senior management level.

“Baroness Brady has been deeply involved in the course content and will play a key role with interactions with students on each of the six modules.

“Arden University offers flexible learning and we hope the new Karren Brady MBA will open up doors to study and career progression for learners from all backgrounds, particularly women, who are under-represented in senior corporate positions.”

The first intake for the Karren Brady MBA is set to begin in autumn 2020.

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