AICD and UniSA join forces in an Australian first

Monday, 07 December 2015

The University of South Australia Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors have announced a landmark collaboration that will see the AICD Company Directors Course embedded in the curriculum of the UniSA MBA degree.

In this Australian first, UniSA MBA graduates who complete the AICD Company Directors Course as part of their MBA program will also receive recognition from the AICD.

This partnership recognises the increasing importance of good governance in business and the AICD provides the gold standard in governance education. This opportunity enables UniSA MBA students to gain a special insight into the role of boards and the elements of finance, strategy and decision-making that ensure a board is operating according to the highest possible standards.

Pro Vice Chancellor: UniSA Business School, Professor Marie Wilson says the initiative will be invaluable for students because it adds a vital dimension to their understanding of corporate and business operations.

“The UniSA MBA, more than ever, provides a pathway for managers and business professionals to move up to the C-Suite,” Prof Wilson says.

“This impressive Australian-first adds real value for senior managers in Australia.

“The partnership will give our MBA students the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge that will support their ability to manage more effectively. It will also give them the skills to advise boards, join boards and to more fully appreciate the contribution of high functioning boards to an organisation’s success.

“Our commitment to those who study at UniSA Business School is to prepare them to excel in their professional careers. Being able to offer broadening professional education options, such as the AICD accredited elective, is just one more way the School is equipping its graduates to be competitive globally.”

AICD State Manager for South Australia and the Northern Territory, Carmel Noon says she is delighted with the initiative, which commences in 2016.

“Ultimately the education provided by the AICD is designed to lift business and corporate practice to the highest possible standards”, Noon says.

“Embedding these important business education courses in the UniSA MBA will encourage more business graduates to learn about the governance structure of business.

“This is core to any understanding of the corporate world and how it operates local and internationally.”

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