“I had gained a lot of experience through my work but I felt that I needed more theoretical knowledge to back it up. Really, it was the modern concepts in leadership, which I can hopefully apply to future positions when I have a bigger team to lead, that made me choose to do an MBA with Roehampton Online.”
Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate
Valentina was working as a human rights development co-ordinator in Palestine when she first considered studying a masters degree online. Unable to travel to a campus-based university, she figured that an online education would provide the perfect solution to a jet-setting and logistically complicated lifestyle.
Working for a not-for-profit organisation, she is often asked why she chose to do an MBA rather than a programme more specific to her area of interest – gender and conflict studies. Valentina believes, however, that with an executive mindset and greater understanding of leadership and strategic thinking, she can add value to an organisation by embracing expansion and best practice.
Shortly after enrolling on the MBA programme at Roehampton Online, she received the career boost she had been waiting for and was appointed Programme Coordinator Palestine/Israel at CFD, a feminist peace organisation in Switzerland.
Valentina felt that it was “very enriching to see the different cultural perspectives of students, especially during shared activities. Students brought cases from Ghana, Nigeria, Singapore and Latin America – for me, this was a very fruitful exchange. It’s something that makes online learning unique.”
In 2016 she successfully graduated with distinction, and now takes pride in the fact that she is an alumna of a pioneering university that has been providing access to higher education for women for over 175 years.
More than 90% of students believe their degree will be valuable or very valuable to their careers after graduation*
*Results calculated by the University of Roehampton, London Online based on the responses of 676 current students who responded to the annual student-satisfaction survey in 2014. At the time the research was fielded, this was a response rate of 33%.